The Fijian Government today paid US production company SEG Holdco LLC, the largest film tax rebate payout since its inception, after filming Season 33 of their reality TV show series ‘Survivor’  in Fiji early this year.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum handed-over a tax rebate of FJ$13.9 million to the Co-executive producer of Survivor Series, Mr Jesse Jensen at the Film Fiji office today.

Film Fiji chairperson Ms Shaenaz Voss said that choosing Fiji as a destination to shoot audio visual material has an enormous impact on the economy.

“For a production to be on an island for 6 months is a huge value in terms of the number of people employed, boats charted, flights and services used with back to back season 33 and 34 shot in Mana Island,” Ms Voss said.

A total of 340 locals were employed during the production of the series and over $50m was spent in Fiji and abroad by the production company.

Film Fiji CEO Mr Dallas Foon said, “With viewership in the US alone at 11 million viewers per episode, Fiji gets about 17 hours of Prime TV time on major US network and the exposure for Fiji and Tourism will be fantastic”.

Survivor will air its 33rd season in September 2016, and will be closely followed by its 34th Season, both filmed in Fiji.