Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Waiting for Bogus National Board of Review Today: Non Profit’s 2017 Revenue Was in the Red, Salaries Up $26,000


While we wait for Annie Schulhof and her secret committees to announce the National Board of Review winners (George Clooney, Best Husband, etc.) here’s a look at this 501 c3’s finances.

Salaries are up by $50K, revenue is down. Salaries were up $26,000 to $283.469.

Revenue less expenses was MINUS $114,847. Last year that number was MINUS $48,862.

The National Board of Review is fan based membership group of non critics– just peeps who like movies. They pay annual membership fees and a separate ticket fee to a fancy dinner where they can meet the stars. Schulhof often disregards the voters and selects winners based on what the studios will spend on tables at the dinner. She wants stars. Black actors are relegated to “breakthrough” performance.

The REAL awards groups in each city– NY Film Critics, Boston, LA, Chicago– there are no salaries. There is no need for a Form 990. NBR is a little business/fiefdom generally laughed at by the actors and publicists. But they love the publicity!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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