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Posts Tagged ‘TLC’

Sarah Palin Sets The Media Straight On Alaska’s Film Production Tax Credit

Posted by Gary P Jackson on March 30, 2011

By Gary P Jackson

For Sarah Palin, setting the corrupt media straight is a full time job. The latest lie has to do with tax credits the producers of Sarah Palin’s Alaska received. Sarah issued this statement: [emphasis mine]

Goodness, cleaning up the sloppiness of reporters could be a full time job. In response to The Daily Caller’s online inquiry, I gave them a statement that the writer buried on his story’s second page (which most people won’t even notice – I didn’t even notice it) after he spent the first page completely spinning a situation to give the impression that Alaska’s film production tax credit legislation was somehow solely my idea hatched up to benefit the Palins years before I was ever involved in a documentary series on TLC/Discovery Channel. Here’s setting the record straight: As Governor, I signed into law a popular bipartisan bill that was crafted and passed by others and has resulted in numerous Alaska-based productions that are airing today. The only alternative to signing the legislature’s work product would have been for me to veto their legislation, which would have been useless. Besides all that, their legislation worked.

This bill was not some secret big government agenda. These Alaskan legislators just wanted Alaska to be able to compete with the many other states that offer similar incentives. As I noted in my statement (which was curiously buried by The Daily Caller – whose editor-in-chief was recently called on the carpet for publicly using a degrading term to describe women), I can’t speak for the film tax credit programs in other states, but the program in Alaska has been effective. The bipartisan legislation I signed into law in 2008 was borne out of elected lawmakers’ frustration with the fact that shows and films about Alaska were mostly filmed elsewhere. They wanted to incentivize production companies to film in Alaska instead of Canada, Washington state, or Maine. Their bill worked, and as the legislation’s supporters will testify, the state’s economy enjoys the benefits of having this production money circulating right here at home. It was so successful that state lawmakers now want to renew the film production tax credits for another ten years.

Keep in mind that we don’t have a state income tax, state sales tax, or state property tax in Alaska. Our state government is predominately funded by oil and gas revenue. Essentially we are using revenue generated from the development of Alaska’s natural resources in order to diversify our economy and create jobs beyond just resource development. Not only does this help promote a new film industry in Alaska, it obviously also has the added benefit of encouraging our tourism industry. These shows and films about Alaska act as perfect tourist advertisements for our state. People come here to experience what they see on the shows filmed here. The dramatic increase in Alaska-based television shows and films are testament to the fact that this legislation worked, and it’s exciting to see our state showcased and appreciated. There has been more film productions here than ever before, and the economic benefit of filming here exceeds the tax credit.

And another point missed by this reporter: apparently The Daily Caller’s conspiracy theory must be that I did all of this not even to benefit myself but Mark Burnett Productions. As I tried to explain to the writer at The Daily Caller, if you believe in this bizarre scenario then why not ask the sponsors, drafters, and supporters of this legislation that would boost job creation if they crafted this bill years ago in order to benefit Sarah Palin.

Any suggestion that I somehow did something wrong by signing this legislation is ridiculous. The accusation hinges on the notion that I signed the legislation into law knowing that it would personally benefit me. That’s totally absurd. It wasn’t even my bill, and obviously I had no intention of benefiting from it when I signed it into law in 2008 because I had no idea I would be involved in a documentary series years later. If you’re going to accuse me of benefiting from legislation I signed into law, why stop there?

Go ahead and accuse me of “benefiting” from the legislation my administration actually did craft – like for example, our oil and gas evaluation legislation (ACES).

You could say I “benefited” from it in the sense that due to ACES the state where I live (Alaska) now enjoys a $12 billion surplus. In fact, you could say that as an Alaskan, I benefited from all of the legislation I championed or signed as governor – just as every Alaskan benefited.

As I also tried to tell the reporter, it’s also a false accusation to suggest that signing this bipartisan bill somehow goes against my position on the proper role of government. I’ve said many times that government can play an appropriate role in incentivizing business, creating infrastructure, and leveling the playing field to foster competition so the market picks winners and losers, instead of bureaucrats burdening businesses and picking winners and losers.

Again, I can’t speak for what other states do, but Alaska’s film production tax credit program was an effective way to incentivize a new industry that would diversify our economy. It worked.

The lawmakers’ successful legislation fit Alaska’s economy, as our economy is quite unique from other states’ due to our oil and gas revenue. Perhaps it would behoove people to learn much more about the 49th state’s young economy before making broad accusations about the efficacy of business programs. People who live in ivory towers don’t understand the real world where governors and lawmakers actually have to fight to attract business and jobs to their states.

One final thought: having to set the record straight on my Facebook page yet again is further proof that the media can’t be trusted even to print a statement in a manner that people can read.

– Sarah Palin

You know the detractors of Sarah Palin are getting desperate when this is all they have left to bang her over the head with.

Anyone who watches TLC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and National Geographic knows the tax credits that were created during Sarah’s time as Governor are working like a charm. You have shows like The Deadliest Catch on Discovery, Ice Road truckers and Axe Men on the History Channel, and Alaska State Troopers on National Geographic, just to name a few. These shows, and others, have brought the magnificent state of Alaska into the world’s living room. No doubt it’s helped the local economies, as production crews spend money, and helped the state’s tourism business.

Before this was done, many shows about Alaska were filmed elsewhere. As Sarah points out, Canada and Washington have been used as stand-ins for Alaska. Most famously, the 1990’s hit television show Northern Exposure, which starred Janine Turner and Rob Morrow. The Golden Globe winning series was set in the fictional town Cicely, Alaska, but was actually filmed in Roslyn, Washington.

Many cities and states have film commissions that offer tax incentives to production companies. There is a lot of filming in and around Austin, Texas, for example. There is a vibrant film industry in the city because of the credits offers.

Hollywood was built on it. New York City has a film commission. And lest you think this isn’t necessary, one needs to remember that a lot of TV shows, especially those set in eastern cities, have been filmed in Canada, where it’s cheaper to film, and the government not only offers tax credits, but often cash incentives as well. Which brings us to the next point, tax credits [or tax exemptions, if you will] are not monies paid out, but simply tax monies not collected.

These incentives work. They attract filmmakers to Alaska. [or wherever they are offered] In turn, these filmmakers, their cast and crew, spend money in the local economy. And of course, in the case of the sort of shows coming out of Alaska, most definitely attract tourists.

The small tax credit the production company that created Sarah Palin’s Alaska received is chump change considering the advertising benefit the state’s tourism bureau received.

In world of sports marketing there is a firm called Joyce Julius & Associates. Their focus is analyzing the number of “impressions” someone watching an event gets of a sponsor’s product. This is especially effective in NASCAR and NHRA Drag Racing.

JJ&A looks at how many times a viewer is exposed to the sponsor’s product, and even grades the quality of the exposure. Time on the air, placement of the sponsor’s logo, and other criteria is used. JJ&A will then write detailed reports for the sponsors, who use these reports to evaluate whether or not they are getting their money’s worth from their marketing partnership with any given team.

When you look at the nine episodes of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, and add up the total high quality impressions of Alaska’s natural beauty the viewer was treated to, I’d say the state of Alaska come out way ahead. The same can’t be said for Tucker Carlson and his rag, The Daily Caller.

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Ratings For “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” Rise Significantly

Posted by Gary P Jackson on December 1, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

Ratings for Sarah Palin’s Alaska have taken a nice jump for week three of the eight week event. From the Hollywood Reporter:

Sarah Palin’s Alaska delivered 3.5 million viewers Sunday night, rising 17% at the conclusion of the holiday weekend.

Normally when ratings go down double digits for a second episode, the third outing generally falls at least a little, but not in this case. Palin may also have benefited from some weaker competition (ABC had the Country Music Awards the previous week). Even so, this is great news for TLC.

This is quite delicious. When last week’s numbers came out, and showed a drop off from the record breaking premier episode’s numbers, the loony left proclaimed [for what seems like the billionth time] Sarah Palin was done.

Of course, this is insanity, but I guess we should expect that from the insane!

The first episode benefited from unprecedented promotion, including a roll out the week before in theaters nationwide. This created an incredible buzz..

As stated above week two was hurt by not only a competitive football game, but the CMA’s as well, and there is a ton of audience crossover there. Of course one thing these ratings reports fail to take into account is the fact that viewers learned if they missed the show on Sunday, they have several opportunities during the week to see the show after it’s original airing. The media is only reporting on the Sunday night audience, so the numbers are not total viewership.

One thing about it, Sarah Palin’s Alaska is a real hit and drawing more than respectable numbers.

Liberals and RINOs hardest hit!

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‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Episode 2 Preview

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 19, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Episode 2 of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” airs this Sunday. Here’s a TLC preview.

Episode 1 broke a TLC record, as its nearly 5 million viwers made it “the best premiere in network history with regards to total viewers.” I’m sure episode 2 will be just as good. Don’t miss it!

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‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’ Premiere Breaks TLC Record with 5 Million Viewers

Posted by Adrienne Ross on November 15, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Last night’s premiere of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” was not only a fascinating look into the majesty and wonder that is the Last Frontier, but it was also a record-breaker. Alex Weprin writes:

The ratings are in, and it looks like “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is a hit. TLC says nearly 5 million total viewers tuned in to the premiere of the series.

In case you haven’t seen our previous coverage, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is a documentary series from producer Mark Burnett and starring former Alaska governor and Fox News Channel contributor Sarah Palin.

TLC says 4.96 million total viewers tuned in, including 1.8 million adults 25-54, and 1.6 million adults 18-49, two of the network’s key demos. That is the best premiere in network history with regards to total viewers, beating the 2003 debut of “What Not to Wear.”

Read more.

Be sure to tune in Sunday at 9 p.m. EST for episode two.

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Palin brands new era of politics with TLC show

Posted by loricalabrese on November 15, 2010

Most Presidential hopefuls start the publicity machine for their candidacy with a book blitz–Mitt Romney, who is widely expected to make another run for the presidency in 2012, hit key primary states during a recent book tour, which looked quite a bit like a presidential campaign schedule. Obama did it in 2006, proving the hype over a book can be disguised as a potential campaign run. As part of the public relations roll-out, Obama’s team made a deal for Time Magazine to run excerpts, he was on the cover with the headline “The Next President,” and he appeared on the show of book-selling guru herself, Oprah. Consider it a clever strategy to gin up some publicity, keep your name in front of the people, and tip those favorability polls in one’s favor, but as we’ve found out, Sarah Palin does things differently–Yeah, she has a book tour scheduled for her latest book, “America By Heart”, but unlike others, she has also decided to scale Mt. McKinley and come face to face with a mama grizzly in her new TLC series, Sarah Palin’s Alaska.

Perhaps you can say Palin has ushered in a new era of politics with the eight-week series that chronicles the life of the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate and her family. Palin states in the beginning of the show, “I love this state like I love my family.” And although the show is touted as a tribute to the state of Alaska (and a beautiful one it is with its amazing aerial views of the state), one must also realize that it’s an insider’s look into this potential 2012 candidate. The show is obviously part of Palin’s ongoing publicity campaign, underscoring her brand as an independent, rugged mama grizzly with a can-do attitude. And frankly, it succeeds. It’s pure genius… Read more

As published at Examiner.com

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Follow Her There!

Posted by Denise Spencer on November 14, 2010

Sarah Palin’s Alaska premiered tonight on TLC. This 8 part series introduces America to Alaska through the eyes of Sarah Palin and her family.

Check out the series Facebook page here as well as the official blog on TLC and the TLC series page here.

I don’t think that anyone can watch this show and not want to visit Alaska. This is not a political show, but a look at a beautiful state told by people who love living there.

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First Look At “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” On TLC

Posted by Gary P Jackson on September 16, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

From the NY Post’s Michael Starr:

Home on the range

Keeping up with the Palins

If Sarah Palin decides to run for president in 2012, she’ll have had more TV face time than anyone since Ronald Reagan.

Here’s the first look at her upcoming reality TV show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” set to debut in mid November (the week after the crucial mid-term elections, wink, wink) on TLC.

The show, described as a “docuseries,” follows Palin around Alaska, the state she used to govern, while she goes salmon fishing, camping and hiking along glaciers and talking to the people who live there.

The entire Palin clan — including (below from left) son Track, daughters Piper, Willow and Bristol, baby Trig and husband Todd — gets some camera time on the series created by “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett.

In one episode, the family watches a July 4th fireworks show — while it’s still light out (thanks to Alaska’s long summer days). Another episode features Palin and reality-show star Kate Gosselin, who took her eight kids up to the Alaska to meet the political superstar.

The local papers and Sarah’s own Twitter page have been tracking where the Palins have been filming each week — including picturesque Talkeetna (outside Anchorage), Mount McKinley and a “sliver” of the Denali glacier called Sweettooth.

This is one of the things that makes Sarah Palin so appealing to Americans of all stripes. She is not just one of the most astute politicians of our time, she is also one of us. An every day gal who enjoys living life to the fullest.

Sarah Palin’s Alaska promises to be a lot of fun, and a great look at the last frontier, that magnificent state Sarah calls home.

Politically, we always compare Sarah to the Great Ronald Reagan, but when it comes to the love of all things outdoors, Sarah is more Teddy Roosevelt. When you think about it, that’s a pretty good combination of traits: Reagan’s solid conservatism and Roosevelt’s love of the land.

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Discovering Governor Palin’s Alaska

Posted by Adrienne Ross on July 15, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com


The ADN reports:

Nothing was official Wednesday, but the Palin family and Sarah’s parents were indisputably in Talkeetna with a Discovery Channel crew in tow, filming scenes for the upcoming series “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” KTNA reports weather probably kept Palins and crew from being flown to a glacier on the flanks of Mount McKinley. Palin on Tuesday tweeted she was going to climb a “sliver” of Denali called “Sweettooth.” “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” is scheduled to air on Discovery’s TLC channel in the fall.

Read in full here.

Here is Governor Palin’s tweet to which the article refers:

Todd,Willow & I head to Denali to climb Sweettooth=tiny sliver of Mt.McKinley, No.America’s highest peak;cool air &elevation=good 4 the soul

(h/t Kelsey – C4P)

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