'Homestead Rescue' Cast's Salary and Production Value Explained
Discovery Channel's Homestead Rescue, a reality show centered around off-grid homeowners teaching to fortify life in the wilderness, may not seem to have much of a production value, at least initially.
But the series, starring the Raney family, including father Marty Raney, daughter Misty Raney (a farmer), and son Matt Raney (a hunter and fisherman), has a much higher budget and a large crew despite being a show about sustaining using limited means.
The scale of the show is massive and it allows the Raney family to earn a good salary off-screen despite their reluctance to flaunt their wealth in front of the camera.
The show has expanded to multiple spin-off shows such as Homestead Rescue: Deconstructed, Homestead Rescue: Raney Ranch, Homestead Rescue: Tools of the Trade, and Homestead Rescue: Building a Legacy.
The production team, All3Media America and RAW are currently busy filming for season 11 with all the cast and crews.
In the past, the show has faced allegations of being scripted and fake. It even became the subject of a lawsuit filed by Kim and Josh, a successful homesteader couple who appeared in season 1.
Not only that, the show was attacked by voices in support of its cancellation after a homophobic song 'Adam and Smith' from his first album Strummit From The Summit released by Marty Raney 20 years ago came into the limelight around August 2020.
Read the full article to learn about the show's production value and the incomes earned by its cast.
'Homestead Rescue' has High Production Value
The Raney family, as per the show's premise, travels from place to place, helping people learn wilderness skills needed to live and thrive against the elements — or at least that's what happens on-screen.
However, what isn't shown is the amount of help they receive behind the scenes.
These are reality shows at the end of the day and have substantial investments from various stakeholders. In this case, the two production companies, Raw Television and All3Media, are producing the show.
Among them, four have directed two episodes each from 2016 to 2017, and Mike Griffiths, the fifth director, has directed some unknown number of episodes to this day.
Delving further into the cast list shows that there are more producers than one can care to remember. Similar is the case for the editing, casting, and music department of the show.
In addition to that, people in the camera and electrical department, sound department, location management team, and the additional crew consisting of loggers, child labor coordinator, set medic, armorer, and clearance manager are also involved with the show, all of which points out the staggering amount of resources spent on the series.
According to Wren and Ini, a homesteading couple who starred in the show previously, there were at least 20 people at their little homestead where the shooting took place.
They also revealed that there was a person whose sole job was to clean the cameras used for filming.
The Raney Family Gets Additional Support in the Show
Even though the Raney family does most of their building and solves problems themselves, they get quite a lot of assistance from third parties.
On one such occasion, the family received help from Scout Construction LLC, a construction company situated in Mansfield, Ohio.
During an episode that was being shot in Morrow County, they were brought in to help with activities such as excavating and cobbing.
Likewise, Wren and Ini also admitted that the Raney family used some assistance from a Missouri log building company in building a cabin for them.
The Raneys did a lot of building and have incredible work ethic, but the cabin was mainly built by a Missouri log building company, Sticks and Stones: Real Log Homes
The couple even named two other companies, Warren's Mill and Cooper Well Drilling, that assisted in constructing the site.
How Much Salary Does the Raney Family Earn?
Since it is known that the show Homestead Rescue has huge resources and budget, one might also be curious to know the Raney family's salary in the show.
But to date, neither of the Raney family members associated with the show nor Discovery has revealed their salaries.
However, as per the Business Insider's report of June 2016, the "A" players, the central characters of a show, on cable reality shows earn a salary between $30 thousand and $10 million per season.
This is the category where the family falls.
How much are the Raineys on 'Homestead Rescue worth?
As of now, Misty's estimated net worth is $300 thousand.
On the other hand, the family patriarch, Marty Raney, has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
In addition to appearing in Homestead Rescue, he has also earned from his other ventures as a musician, recording artist, and businessman.
Even before his two sons, Miles and Matt, were born, Marty built a successful company named Alaska Stone and Log, which specialized in log work, stonework, and the use of natural building materials, as per Discovery.
All of his children learned craftsmanship skills and the value of hard work spending their childhood assisting their father in the business.
Now, the family builds homes, cabins, and structures with the "simplest of tools" for the needy homesteaders.
He also disclosed that the channel asked him and his crew to save money through the reuse of materials.
“The first thing Discovery wants us to do is to scour the property and to use everything that’s not nailed down, if we can, for the betterment of the homestead. There are some very ingenious things that happened,” he shared.
If you didn't know, Marty has four children, Misty, Miles, Matt, and Melanee, from his marriage with Mollee Roestel.