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REGISTER NOW! Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp live and in-person in conjunction with Podfest Expo.

REGISTER NOW! Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp live and in-person in conjunction with Podfest Expo.

On March 6th,  I'll be holding my Podcaster’s Legal & Business Bootcamp live, and in person. The workshop, previously conducted online, will coincide with the Podfest Multimedia Expo in Orlando, Florida, where I'll also be speaking.

This half-day, intensive hands-on workshop is for podcasters who are serious about podcasting as a business (or as part of another business).  

If you plan to monetize your podcast, whether through advertising, affiliate sales, or by promoting your own products and services, you absolutely must  stop treating your podcast like a hobby, and get your legal and business affairs in order. I want to help make that happen quickly and cost-effectively, so you can be ready to strike when important opportunities come along.

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Speaking at Podcast Movement, Evolutions!

Speaking at Podcast Movement, Evolutions!

Next week, I'll be speaking at the Podcast Movement – Evolutions conference in Los Angeles. My talk is about content acquisition and compensation structures for podcasters. I'll be covering how to pay for and get paid for content as a podcaster.

If you're a podcaster and you're serious about it as a business, or as part of your existing business, you won't want to miss this discussion. Friday, February 14th at 4:00pm . If you're attending the conference, look for me and say hello!

Has AB5 affected you yet?

Earlier today, I had a call from the HR director at one of the colleges where I teach one night a week. She called to tell me that I can no longer be classified as an independent contractor, and that under California's new law, AB5, I must be treated as an employee.

OK. No big deal for me. I don't really mind. And the college doesn't either, because they're a big operation and run a significant payroll. Although it does cost them a little bit more to treat me this way, it's not much in the overall scheme of things.

But for smaller businesses and freelancers, this classification question can be a big deal. Some have estimated that having an employee costs as much as 30% more than using the same worker as an independent contractor. They can't really pass all of that cost along to the employee, by lowering the base rate of pay, so it hits them in the wallet.

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Is your Podcast subject to COPPA?

Recently, many YouTube creators have struggled with/complained loudly about the platform’s new rules for designating content directed at children. This, of course has led podcasters, too to become concerned and to wonder whether COPPA applies to them. COPPA, which stands for Child Online Privacy Protection Act, was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1998 and… Continue Reading

I have a new podcast for showbiz professionals!

A few weeks ago, I quietly began releasing episodes of a new podcast, called More, Better, Faster! Success Strategies for Show Business Professionals.Today, I released the 11th episode, featuring conversation with Financial expert, Cortlon Cofield, in which we discussed some common financial mistakes creative folks make, and some tips to get set up for success…… Continue Reading

Gordon Firemark named among the Best Lawyers in America

For the fourth year in a row, Gordon Firemark has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Entertainment Law – Theater. “I’m grateful for this recognition. It really validates what I’ve been doing” says Gordon who describes his mission as Helping Entertainment Professionals Realize Their Dreams. Gordon Firemark’s… Continue Reading

The Trouble with Tunes – approaches to using music in podcasts (Podcast Movement 2019)

Thursday afternoon, I’ll be presenting my talk at Podcast Movement in Orlando. I’ll be outlining the various ways in which music can be used by podcasters, where the music may come from, and the complex web of copyright and licensing issues that have historically made using commercial music both difficult and costly. Then, I’ll sound… Continue Reading

Actor’s Equity On Strike: What’s it all about?

Actor’s Equity On Strike: What’s it all about?

If you’ve been planning to develop your plays and musicals using professional actors in a “developmental” production environment, you may have to put your plans on hold. Earlier this week, the union declared a strike against members of the Broadway League (the association that represents producers) on development of Broadway shows. The Union’s action bars… Continue Reading

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