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$13.9m handed over to Survivor TV show producers

Producers of an American reality television series, “Survivor” shot in Fiji was presented with a film tax rebate of $13,9million from the Fijian government. The Attorney General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Faiyaz Koya presented the tax rebate cheque to the show Co-Executive Producer Jesse Jensen. The tax rebate of […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 11, 2016 8:15 am

Producers of an American reality television series, “Survivor” shot in Fiji was presented with a film tax rebate of $13,9million from the Fijian government.

Filim Fiji (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
Attorney General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya presenting the cheque to the show Co-Executive Producer Jesse Jensen. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

The Attorney General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Faiyaz Koya presented the tax rebate cheque to the show Co-Executive Producer Jesse Jensen.

The tax rebate of $13,9million was 47% of their production costs and taxes after filming the series.

The AG said the rebate went through vigorous checks by the Fiji Revenue Customs Authority (FRCA) in terms of verifying all the bank accounts and production spendings.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “I think we have never paid out a such large rebate and that is a fact of intergerity of  much we have spent by the survivor series in Fiji and we are getting 47% of that spent and many Fijians have benefited from when the show was shot in Mamanuca and Mana Island.”

He added that the reason for the rebate was to ensure the production made in Fiji had a multiplier effect.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “We had about 300 of Fijians employed during the period of shooting, other level of expertise and also a way of promoting Fiji and attracting overseas film production in Fiji is one way of marketing Fiji to the world.”

He added that filming in Fiji could also promote the country as an investment destination.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “We have seen more lot’s of interest from the Hollywood side and also from Bollywood and we are also looking into other works may exsist out there that may attract Fiji and may have a direct impact on the tourism numbers coming to Fiji.”

After the successful of the first series, survivor Co-Executive Producer Jesse Jensen said they are interested in shooting another series in Fiji.

JENSEN: “I have worked in 30 to 40 countries over the year. I really appreciate working in Fiji, it was all upfront and we had certain rules and you guys laid out those rules and it was easy for us, even though sometimes we tried to work around them, We had to remember their was a rule in place and we had to abide with it. It’s actually a big difference when I shot here in 2006. Absolutely, we’ll think of coming back and shooting a series of Survivor in Fiji, again.”

Film Fiji chairwoman Shaenaz Voss applauded all assistance in aiding Film Fiji shooting a back to back survivor series at Mana and Mamanuca Island respectively.

VOSS: “I would like to thank everyone for assisting Film Fiji for shooting survivor at Mamanuca. It’s a back to back season, season 33 was shot at Mana Island, while season 34 in the Mamanuca’s which took six months to shoot both productions.”

Survivor will air it’s 33rd season in September 2016, and will be closely followed by the 34th season which were both filmed in Fiji.

Meanwhile, the show has 110 million viewers worldwide.

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