The state organization that helped Jimmy Fallon to Minnesota give the Super Bowl introducing new guidelines on the film projects that receive taxpayer money.
The change comes after the state's "Snowbate" program came on fire when it was reported that Jimmy Fallon's Super Bowl broadcast at Orpheum Theater received $ 267,000 in state dollars.
The Snowbate rebate program provides up to 25 percent for productions in Minnesota, and is part of Minnesota Film and Television, a state-funded organization that aims to bring television and film projects to the state.
After informing the big price tag for the Fallon exhibition, Rep Nolan West (R-Blaine) asked law makers to listen to the program. He noted that the special broadcast was likely to have been filmed even without state aid, due to its profitability.
But new the guidelines given by Minnesota Film and Television would not introduce Fallon reimbursement. The new rules specifically prohibit Snowbate's money towards a once-off production involving a national event, such as sport or politics. This would include the Super Bowl broadcast.
The new guidelines also mean that the state must consider the economic impact and the number of local jobs created when evaluating production for the Snowbate program.
In a statement published by MPR, West said that the new guidelines would help the state give more money to such rebates.
"I am happy with the new guidelines, because the common sense would tell you not to spend taxpayers' dollars on projects aimed at national events taking place in Minnesota or on local political candidates," the West said.
"We regret that hundreds of thousands of dollars would have to be spent on productions that were going to be filmed here regardless of whether the standards were changed."
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