Strange, re: shooting in Canada, the story just gets better.
One of the very few things Sarah Palin actually managed to accomplish during her gnat’s eyelash of a term as Governor was to sign legislation granting huge tax breaks to production companies for shooting in Alaska, which tax breaks also apply to the salaries of on-camera talent.
Or the Palin-Clan-Guaranteed-Employment-Act of 2008, as it will become known.
From the Anchorage Press:
Initial reports last week said Palin’s appearance fee for a soft-documentary TV show featuring Alaska stories could be between $1 million and $1.5 million, per episode. Zoinks!
...It’s not quite as expensive as it sounds. The state of Alaska’s film subsidy program would allow Burnett, or anyone who hires an Alaska resident as a talking head, to get back 40 percent of those wages, or $400,000. Production companies that shoot between October and March qualify for an additional two percent, and there’s a two-percent rural shooting bonus. So if a company pays an Alaska politician—or an Alaska fifth grader—$1 million to travel to Barrow and chatter in front of cameras about the first sunrise of 2011 next January, the production can qualify for $442,000 in state tax credits. Hedges the bet a just little, eh?
h/t Shannyn Moore