Essential Responsibilities:

  • Effectively manage the financial operations and cost reporting for assigned productions.
  • Administer the financial on-boarding and off-boarding process for the various productions including supporting pre-production, post and wrap accounting inclusive of reporting, payroll, A/P, petty cash, journal entries, p-card activity and collection of receivables & deposits.
  • Hire and Manage production accountants and assistants, coordinate show budgeting and production accounting process with accountants.
  • Manage the set-up of show accounting system using appropriate payroll software.
  • Ensure standard accounting procedures are met and oversee daily/weekly show cost reporting.
  • Assist with implementing tax, labor and sourcing policies and objectives.
  • Manage production cash flow and support the weekly and quarterly corporate financial accounting and corporate cash management processes.
  • Implement and ensure uniform budget policies.
  • Key financial management liaison between production executives, show accountants, show producer/UPM, and corporate finance.
  • Ensure that the SPT financial controllership and production policies and procedures are uniformly implemented operationally and that payroll/AP/Reporting are in accordance with standards established by SPT.
  • Liaise with Labor Relations, Production Finance, Internal Audit, Finance Ops, Treasury, and IT to ensure policies are current and effectively implemented.
  • Identify problem and/or issues as quickly as possible including breakdown in communication between departments, UPMs, producers and accountants.  Furthermore, inform Labor Relations of payroll issues with potential exposure to penalties. 
  • Approve and authorize various accounting procedures.
  • Assist in the training and mentoring of Prep/Wrap Accountants and other staff members with the goal of developing stellar talent.
  • Maintain knowledge of current industry trends pertaining to union MOA updates, rate increases and compliance issues.
  • Liaise with corporate tax, production audit, controllership, production and government relations teams to ensure proper compliance, including refreshing studio documentation and desktop procedures.
  • Perform ad-hoc projects as required.

Technical Skills:

  • Intermediate experience with Excel and other Microsoft / Apple products.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Vista, Smart Accounting, PSL and related production accounting applications.
  • SAP experience preferred but not required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Education: BA/BS degree or equivalent graduate degree preferred.
  • Candidate must have 5+ years of film and/or television industry production accounting experience
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