Anyone who has signed a check for an expense that has yet to be officially approved by their media company’s accounting department will be able to relate. The following is taken from Paige Cooperstein‘s very informative Business Insider look at what went into the making of Bloomberg Pursuits‘ Spring 2014 issue cover story:
“The paperwork literally wasn’t complete until Wednesday, January 8th at 3:45 p.m. and the photo crew started loading in at 6 p.m. that day,” said Brenda Milis, director of photography for Bloomberg Pursuits.
What really pushed the agreement to the wire was the UN’s $4,309 location fee. The business division of Bloomberg couldn’t okay the charge without a W-9 form, but the UN doesn’t have a W-9 because the international organization doesn’t pay taxes. [Bloomberg Pursuits editor Ted] Moncreiff cut the check himself for the location on the day of the shoot and crossed his fingers that he would get reimbursed later. (He was, thanks to a different document that satisfied the magazine.)