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Palin, who could not be reached for comment, reportedly was seeking as much as $1.5 million per episode in pitching the show earlier this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. TLC, a division of Discovery Communications, has refused to divulge Palin’s cut from the series, which is produced by Mark Burnett of “Survivor” fame.
Alaska has a fairly new film office that offers incentives including a 30 percent tax credit to qualifying productions filming in the state. It’s not clear if TLC’s Palin series is tapping into the program _ Burnett’s office did not respond to requests for comment _ which could mean the show ultimately would be subsidized by the state.
Alaska film office manager Dave Worrell said he could discuss only productions that have already received incentives and Palin’s show is not among them. The program is open to any production that spends at least $100,000 in Alaska, with added incentives for Alaska hires, as well as offseason and rural shoots.
History’s “Ice Road Truckers,” for example, spent almost $1.2 million in the state, earning almost $400,000 in incentives, according to Worrell.
As far as TLC spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg is concerned, the series is “a love letter to Alaska.”
Well, except for one temporary Alaskan.
In the debut episode, viewers catch a glimpse of McGinniss reading on his balcony as Palin and her family make snide remarks about the author they say has intruded on their privacy. They charge that he is writing a hit piece on them. McGinniss, who has since moved out, says he was filmed without his knowledge or consent and he’s demanding through his attorney that it be removed from the episode, according to Slate.com.
The California attorney, Dennis Holahan, did not return multiple calls seeking comment. Goldberg said she had no comment and referred questions to Burnett’s office, which also did not return calls.
If the series is about more than Palin’s love for the state, it would be hard to overlook the irony of a former governor who abruptly resigned in July 2009 with 17 months left in her first term. Take the footage of Palin struggling to climb a steep rocky slope in Denali National Park.
“About halfway up the rock, I did not know if I was going to be able to finish the task,” she tells the camera. “But I didn’t want to quit. I didn’t want to quit in front of other people.”
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