Month: March 2011

Here’s a taxing rags’n’riches claim

Anchors beware—In a major “wardrobe malfunction” last week, the United States Tax Court denied business expense deductions claimed by a TV news anchor for her wardrobe and other personal expenses. On Schedules A of her Federal income tax returns for the years from 2005-2008, the anchor claimed approximately $20,000.00 a year, during which time she was working as an anchor at NBC4. She now faces section 6662 accuracy-related penalties for each year’s return fraught with inaccuracies.

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Entertainment lawyers online: 3 sites big, content crucial, social media hip, survey shows

When entertainment lawyers venture into cyberspace,  at what time of day do they do so? Where online do they go and what matters to them when they get to select sites? The editors of the Biederman Blog, as part of their research on which this site is based, asked those questions and more of practitioners and found: Most entertainment lawyers point their browsers to The Hollywood Reporter, Esq., Deadline Hollywood, and Above the Law. Further, most of this browsing is typically done on weekday mornings. Entertainment lawyers are uninterested in flashy graphics or videos, content matters most to them — not just regular articles, but long and detailed content with legal analysis and citations to cases and other reliable sources. The data to back up these assertions comes from a survey by the Biederman Blog’s editors of practicing entertainment lawyers,  including Southwestern Law School alumni, attorneys affiliated with the Biederman Institute, and attorneys in the industry.  More than 500 e-mails were sent out to practitioners, more than 50 of whom responded with opinions. A majority of survey respondents say they have more than 15 years of experience in  entertainment law, with their positions including house counsel, solo practices and academia. Because the survey questions allowed for more than one answer, the numbers will not add always up to 100%. Though most respondents tended be from an older generation, they are...

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Entertainment Law Blogs

The Biederman Blog is now ranked NUMBER ONE on Feedspot's Top 20 Entertainment Law blogs (May 2018). It is very exciting to top this list. We are extra proud of number six - Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark. Mr. Firemark graduated from Southwestern in 1992, and is a top entertainment blogger and webinar presenter in addition to being a world class entertainment attorney!

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