At the height of the New Orleans Saints' success in 2009, a behind-the-scenes play caller from Atlanta racked up $1 million, hitching himself to the Saints bandwagon. For two seasons, Horizon Entertainment and its owner, Jason Sciavicco, produced “The Sean Payton Show - and claimed it cost $5,383,886.60. We take a close look at the financial details, and find plenty of new questions about this production, in this "Easy Money" report.
The executive producer of “Emancipated” told the state it cost almost half a million bucks to make its pilot episode. But the two men who say they created the show can't believe the expenditures being reported. We examine yet another Horizon Entertainment production in our "Easy Money" investigation.
The state's inspector general will investigate a film company at the center of a probe by FOX 8 Investigations of the state's film tax credits. The IG's office confirms to FOX 8 that it has launched an investigation of Horizon Entertainment and its owner, Jason Sciavicco.
The more we examine the expenses reported by Horizon Entertainment in its production of "The Sean Payton Show" and "Saintsational," the more questions we have. Now a top state official has his own questions about the case, and how the State Film Office handled it.
A reality TV show on one of the country's top prep football programs started production in 2008, shortly after Jason Sciavicco moved Horizon Entertainment from Atlanta to New Orleans. The show, “Varsity Inc.,” was a behind-the-scenes look at the John Curtis Christian high school football program. Horizon claims the 10-month production cost $4.7 million - and it never aired.
Matt Coman's cases helped put Ray Nagin, Greg Meffert, Mark St. Pierre and Jonathan Bolar in federal prison. The former DOJ prosecutor reviewed our stories about Horizon Entertainment and the documents the company submitted to the state to receive those millions in state film tax credits.
Louisiana Economic Development chief Stephen Moret will become president and CEO of the LSU Foundation, according to a university news release. Moret currently oversees lucrative state incentives programs at LED, some of which have come under scrutiny in a series of FOX 8 reports.
Should the state continue to hand out lucrative incentives to companies that lay off their workers? It's just one of the serious questions raised as we pursue our investigation of Louisiana's business incentive programs - programs that have handed more than $11 billion, often to huge corporations, for a return of about 82,000 jobs in a six-year period.
We sent a long email to the head of Horizon Entertainment, Jason Sciavicco, asking him for documents to help explain the more than $2.5 million in tax credits he received from the state of Louisiana for three productions. More than a month later, Sciavicco hasn't sent us any paperwork. But his attorney has said Horizon did nothing improper.