Sarah Palin looking to cash in big time for reality show
March 19, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Since quitting as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, like many leaving office, has found a number of profitable enterprises as an author and network analyst, but she may have a real bonanza in the works. the former Republican vice presidential candidate, teamed with reality show producer Mark Burnett (producer of Survivor and The Apprentice), making the rounds in Hollywood to all the major TV networks pitching a TV docudrama about Alaska, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” (working title).
The two initially pitched the show to broadcast networks, but given the show’s laid-back nature theme and lack of high-stakes drama that tends to typify broadcast reality hits, industry executives see cable as a better fit according to The Hollywood Reporter. Apparently A&E Networks and Discovery Communications want to acquire Palin’s project, which focuses on the ex-governor giving a guided tour of her native Alaska — visiting fishing boats and taking a trip to a gold mine, to cite a couple of examples. While neither cable network has acquired the rights to the show yet, insiders say “it will sell”. It won’t come cheap though, Palin is asking for between $1 million and $1.5 million per episode, a hefty amount for a first-year cable series.