The California company that made Bristol Palin's TV show about raising her child has collected a $354,348 subsidy from the state.
Unlike nearly all of the other shows and films subsidized so far under the movie incentive program, the salaries paid to Alaska residents on the Palin show account for a majority of the total "Alaska expenses" for the TV show.
Palin and the five other Alaska residents who participated as "talent" on the show collected close to a half-million in wages.
Total "Alaska expenses," a term that is misleading because it includes money paid to people from Outside, were reported as $995,275.
"Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" ran for 14 episodes last summer on the Lifetime Channel and did not gather big ratings for the cable network.
The Alaska subsidy is paid in the form of a transferable tax credit, but since the limited liability companies that make films don't pay a state tax, they sell the tax credits to other companies.
I refer to it as a subsidy because that is what it is. Calling it a "tax credit" is a misnomer since the recipients pay no taxes. The subsidy is equivalent to a cash payment from the general fund.
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