Skip to comments.W.Va. denies tax credit to MTV show producers ("Buck Wild")
Posted on 11/22/2011 9:23:20 AM PST by markomalley
The West Virginia Film Office has denied tax credits to a company planning an MTV reality series, citing concerns that the show "Buck Wild" will negatively portray the state's young male residents.
Director Pam Haynes tells The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/s6lwly) that New Remote Productions Inc. applied twice, in May and July. It was denied both times.
The Film Industry Investment Act offers tax credits of up to 31 percent for companies that film in West Virginia, but Haynes said the law is clear: Participation is prohibited for derogatory productions.
The executive producer of "Buck Wild," J.P. Williams of Parallel Entertainment, is a native West Virginian best known for creating Blue Collar Comedy. He didn't immediately comment on his plans, and his publicists didn't immediately respond to messages Tuesday.
Haynes said filming is set to begin next spring in Sissonville and Charleston.
In an interview with TV Guide this week, MTV programming head David Janollari said the show will feature young men participating in "regional pastimes like mud racing, squirrel hunting and rope swinging."
It's not the first time West Virginia has battled stereotyping on camera.
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Good for WV!!!
squirrel hunting bump.
Smart move on the part of WV. MTV would produce a weekly hit piece, with rating bolstered by Leno and Letterman monologues.