Hollywood Alaska

The formerly "Everybody Loves Whales," - now called "Big Miracle," the first major, modern movie filmed entirely in Alaska is about to hit theaters. The tale of serial killer Robert Hansen, starring John Cusack and Nicolas Cage, filmed in Anchorage this fall. Other major-studio films are considering an Alaska shoot, even as an army of reality TV camera crews continues to prowl the state. Producers credit the state’s fledgling tax incentive program – one of the most generous such public subsidies in the country – with enticing movie-makers to the Last Frontier. How long will the gold rush last? Is the state getting a big enough return on its investment? Welcome to Hollywood, Alaska.

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Discovery greenlights third season of 'Gold Rush'

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

This today from Discovery:

Discovery Channel’s hit series GOLD RUSH, which follows men who, in a difficult economy, risk everything to strike it rich gold mining, gets the green light for a third season. The renewal announcement comes just days before the season two finale, slated for Friday, February 24th at 9PM E/P. The finale is followed by two behind the scenes specials airing on subsequent Fridays.

GOLD RUSH has been a top performer for Discovery Channel, netting an average of 4.5 million viewers each week since the season two premiere on October 28th, 2011. The series has consistently been #1 in all of television (including broadcast) on Friday nights among Persons 18-49 and Men 25-54/18-49 ratings and delivery during its sophomore run.

Not everybody likes the show. Particularly in Alaska.

The state says the 'Gold Rush' producers did not apply for a state film subsidy.

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