The Trailer Park Boys have joined the fight against a proposal to cut the Nova Scotia film tax credit and they mean business.
Since their home base is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, their show, hugely popular on Netflix, is one of many productions that could be negatively impacted by the cut.
According to Screen Nova Scotia, more than 50 film and TV productions were “recently produced” with help from the tax credit.
Ricky, Bubbles and Julian have launched a Facebook & YouTube Public Service Announcement video that is going viral. In the first four days, according to CBC News, the video appeal was watched nearly 400,000 times.
The beloved characters wasted no time explaining that if the tax credit is ended, it could spell the end of their show, which, according to their Facebook page, is to begin filming its tenth season in June.
In the short video, they state their case and urge fans to contact government officials concerning the matter.
Their appeal has drawn the support of music stars Axel Rose and Snoop Dog, who have taken to social media to encourage their own fans to support the continuance of the tax credit.
Film Tax Credits have long been popular incentives to draw film and television production companies to certain regions. It has been known to cut production costs and create local jobs. The subsequent productions further spur the local economy by supporting food, lodging, retail, and transportation businesses.
Perhaps most important is that the credit helps offset the costs of hiring production workers.
They are, however, not always popular with some politicians who, on the advice of economists, think the taxes aren’t a good enough return on their respective government’s investment.
Most recently, in the United States, California Governor Jerry Brown announced plans to push for an increase in the film tax program in the hopes of spawning more production to come to the Golden State.
A 2014 article in The LA Times broke chronicled the number of states who actively pursued the tax credit strategy and, claimed that Louisiana has gained so many productions it is now considered “the Hollywood of the South.”
Those who criticize the political leaders against the film tax credit claim that their data is often shortsighted and that they (government) must look at the long-term good of the strategy.
Richard Verrier, author of the article, cited Milken Institute Data that shows California lost nearly 18,600 film and TV production jobs between 2004 and 2013 when other states aggressive pursued production companies to their regions with the help of the tax credit.
One thing is certain, history shows that when the film tax credit ends, production jobs go away, costs escalate and productions eventually leave.
Should that be the unfortunate case then it shall remain to be seen what happens to Trailer Parks Boys going forward but it doesn’t look good.
If you want to help the Trailer Park Boys and their film and TV friends in Nova Scotia with their appeal at there is an online petition at change.org.
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