A reality TV show centered on the cannabis industry will get a six-figure refund from the State of Colorado.
The Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media grants rebates on production costs in an effort to promote the state's film and television industries, as well as spur rural economies. According to the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, which oversees the state film office, the production team behind the upcoming cannabis reality TV show High Science will receive a $221,000 payment from the rebate program.
High Science follows father-son duo Richard Batenburg Jr. and Rick Batenburg III as they navigate the cannabis industry in Colorado and beyond. The Batenburgs operate The Clear Cannabis Inc., a cannabis investment firm that owns a Colorado cannabis extraction company also named The Clear. According to the Batenburgs, the show centers on their efforts to expand the Clear, as well as find potential partnerships and investments with other cannabis companies.
To create the show, the Batenburgs partnered with local producer Patrick Hackett and reality-TV bigwig David McKillop, who has been executive producer of such reality shows as Deadliest Catch, Duck Dynasty, Ice Road Truckers, Pawn Stars, and Storage Wars. The team told OEDIT that they plan to spend around $1.1 million in Colorado and hire 26 local cast and crew members through February of next year.
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