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Joey Berlin’s Goldmine – Critics Choice Awards

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Joey Berlin, who co-founded the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. in 1995 and continues to oversee its day-to-day operations and its televised Critics’ Choice Movie Awards each year, likes to say that his membership seems to be satisfied with the job he’s doing because he’s been repeatedly re-elected every two years as its president.
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The nonprofit group’s latest tax filings show that Berlin also is handsomely paid for his work. The BFCA’s latest IRS Form 990 tax filing shows that Berlin Entertainment, Inc., a company 100 percent owned by Berlin, received $859,077 for production services in 2012, a jump from $376,270 listed on tax forms the previous year.
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Between 2009 and 2012, Berlin Entertainment was paid a total of $1,851,347, according to federal tax documents filed by the nonprofit.
Meanwhile, Berlin’s base compensation and benefits totaled $478,350 in 2012, according to the IRS filing. That compares with $455,230 the previous year.

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The BFCA touts itself as the largest film critics organization in the U.S. and Canada, representing more than 280 television, radio and online critics.

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The boom in Oscar media coverage has propelled nonprofits like the BFCA into prominence in the run-up to the Academy Awards. Other shows like the Golden Globe Awards, the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Santa Barbara Film Festival actively court potential Oscar nominees and the studios and independent distributors gladly lend their help in supplying stars for their glitzy events hoping to generate Oscar buzz.

In recent years, the Critics’ Choice Awards has attracted numerous stars to its red carpet gala, including George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, Leonardo di Caprio, Brad Pitt and Meryl Streep. They mix and mingle and dine along with broadcast critics from around North America.

In 2012, the year covered by the tax returns, the Critics’ Choice Awards were held at the Hollywood Palladium and broadcast by VH1. The winners that year were “The Artist” for best picture, George Clooney for best actor in “The Descendants” and Viola Davis for best actress in “The Help.” Michel Hazanavicius won best director for “The Artist.”
This year’s Critics’ Choice Awards was broadcast live on the CW Network from the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. The critics named “12 Years a Slave” best picture with Matthew McConaughey winning best actor for “Dallas Buyers Club” and Cate Blanchett awarded best actress as “Blue Jasmine.” Alfonso Cuarón was named best director for “Gravity.”

Next year’s awards show is scheduled to be held at the Hollywood Palladium on Jan. 16.

The shows are produced by Berlin Entertainment and Santa Monica-based Bob Bain Productions. The 2012 tax records show that Bain was paid $750,000 for production services. That was a jump from $186,765 reported the previous year.

The BFCA states that its mission is “to promote the art of electronic film and electronic television criticism”. As a nonprofit, it is asked by the IRS to list any grants it awarded during the year. In 2012, the BFCA listed a total of $49,550 in grants.

Spotlight on portions of the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 2012 tax returns:
Total revenues: $2,820,354
Total expenses: $2,590,894
Net assets: $620,587

Expenses include:
$1,431,931—Program expenses
$579,644—Outside expenses
$42,000—Commission
$9,316—Meals & entertainment
$4,607—All other expenses.

Independent contractors:
$859,077—Berlin Entertainment, Inc., for production services.
$750,000—Bob Bain Productions, Inc., for production services
$130,000—UPP, for production services
$121,505—Greenberg Traurig for legal services

Joey Berlin:
$250,000—Reportable compensation from related organizations
$228,350—Estimated amount of other compensation from the organization and related organizations

Grants: $49,550
Grant recipients include:
$25,000 to Haitian relief
$5,000 to Heifer International
$5,000 to one recipient to shoot pilots for new movie review shows
$3,000 to two recipients for student scholarships

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About Robert W. Welkos

Executive Editor: Robert W. Welkos is an award-winning journalist who covered the entertainment industry for 15 years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. During this span, he wrote extensively about the movie industry from turmoil in the executive suites, the Academy Awards and Golden Globes, and box office hits and bombs to visits to movie sets as well as profiles of top stars and A-list directors, cutting edge features on the newest indie films and visits to famous film festivals like Sundance and Cannes. Prior to entertainment, Welkos worked as a reporter and assistant city editor in The Times’ Metro section where he undertook major investigations for the paper as well as covering breaking news and writing in-depth features. Before joining The Times, he worked for the Associated Press in Reno, Nevada, and City News Service in Los Angeles.

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