Associated Television International, the California company that produced "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp," collected a $354,348 subsidy from Alaska, according to an article from the Fairbanks Daily-News Miner.
The News-Miner also reports that Bristol Palin and the five other Alaskan residents who acted as the "talent" for the show received almost half a million dollars in wages.
According to a document from the Alaska Film Office, the business Helping Hands LLC paid $475,598 to "above the line" people from Alaska. The News-Miner says that "above the line" is the term used to define key figures in a production, like the stars and the director.
The document also stated that $32,400 were paid to the Alaskan residents who worked behind-the-scenes on production, like the camera and lights operators. However, the News-Miner reports, "There were no Alaskans hired as crew for the show."
Helping Hands LLC also reported paying $74,057 in "above the line wages" to workers from "Outside," according to the News-Miner, and $148,450 to non-Alaskan residents for production work.
The television show "Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp," which is a series about Palin raising her child, ran 14 episodes on the Lifetime Channel last summer. The show received poor ratings after two aired episodes, so the cable network removed it from its original primetime spot.