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Director, Televison Production Finance

By Emily Rice

Summary of Position

Lionsgate is currently seeking a Director for the TV Production Finance group whose primary responsibilities includes financial project management of original series, pilots, and mini-series.  This position will partner with the SVP of Television Finance and overall function.

Responsibilities

  • Support the fiscal management and administration of all internal and external facets of assigned television productions. Must be knowledgeable of the financing aspects of all assigned shows including (but not limited to): co-production deal structure, deficit calculation, network/studio breakages and tax credits estimates.
  • Manage quarterly corporate reporting process. Analyze, review for accounting accuracy and submit to corporate accounting group, required Production Finance deliverables including: ledger bibles, cost reports, balance sheets, bank reconciliations.
  • Provide Production Finance support to Production & Business Affairs Executives of assigned projects.
  • Closely monitor the production progress of assigned productions. Must be able to provide guidance and address various production finance related queries from internal and external customers such as: co-production partners, Business Affairs executives, Production and Post Production Executives, production accountants, corporate accounting and FP&A executives, corporate tax department, Residuals and Participations groups, tax credit auditors, State film office, internal auditors, external cost auditors and post production accounting group.
  • Manage production incentive workflow of assigned shows, including but not limited to applications, audits, qualified expense tracking, ensure receipt of tax credits or cash and assist with tax incentive analysis to determine the best location to capture the highest return of rebates and tax credits to the network.
  • Coordinate Production Accounting compliance audits of assigned shows to support Production Finance efforts in enforcing appropriate finance controls in production accounting operations. Ensure adherence to all production accounting policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate transfer of production accounting responsibilities from production accountant to post production accounting group. Responsible for ensuring transfer of information related to all open items in cost report and trial balance are properly documented and communicated.
  • Work closely with post production accountant to manage the cost reporting process from post production stage to close of accounting books. This is to ensure accurate reporting of EFC to corporate accounting and FP&A group.
  • Support the management, forecasting and maintenance consolidated production cash flow of entire TV slate.
  • Perform ad hoc financial analyses and miscellaneous projects as needed.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance preferred.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in Television production accounting or studio production finance or FP&A is required.
  • In depth understanding of film and television industry accounting and finance practices.
  • Knowledge and experience with union/guild agreements.
  • Knowledge of state and international tax incentive laws and credits.
  • Onsite is essential (4 days a week in-office)

About the Company

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) encompasses world-class motion picture and television studio operations aligned with the STARZ premium global subscription platform to bring a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. The Company’s film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and a valuable collection of iconic film and television franchises. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for audiences worldwide.

Business Unit Overview

Lionsgate Television
Lionsgate Television is one of the foremost third-party suppliers of premium scripted series to streaming, broadcast and cable platforms alike while also serving as a prolific supplier of premium content to Starz. Drawing upon its production partnerships with many of the top content creators, it supplies dozens of scripted series to more than 20 different network partners. With a reputation for creating “brand-defining” shows for a diverse range of platforms, Lionsgate Television has produced and distributed the iconic long-running series Mad Men, one of the most acclaimed shows in television history, the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Nashville, Dear White People and many others while continuing to develop strong slates of acclaimed new series. Lionsgate also operates a robust in-house unscripted television business partnering with a diverse array of linear and streaming platforms. Lionsgate television series have garnered 238 Emmy® nominations, 38 Emmys®, 66 Golden Globe® nominations and nine Golden Globe® wins.

The Lionsgate Television Group collaborates closely with the Company’s other television businesses, including Debmar-Mercury, a leading producer and syndicator of evergreen game and talk shows, Pilgrim Media, one of the top producers of unscripted series, and 3 Arts Entertainment, a leading talent management and production company that has become a major television production partner and a source of top talent for all of the Company’s businesses. The Lionsgate Worldwide Television Distribution Group licenses the Company’s feature film and television slates, 17,000-title film and television library, one of the largest in the world, and Starz’s original programming slate to nearly every major OTT and linear platform through a global network of deep customer relationships.

Our Benefits

  • Full Coverage – Medical, Vision, and Dental
  • Work/Life Balance – generous sick days, vacation days, holidays, and Impact Day
  • 401(k) company matching
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to graduate degree)

Production Finance Consultant (Live Events)

By Emily Rice

Production Finance Consultant (Live Events)
As a Production Finance Consultant for live events, you will advise on developing work streams for live event
production budget systems, cost tracking, and financial analysis. You will advise, collaborate, and build with
various teams to ensure successful work system development and deployment.
Key Skills and Qualifications:
● (5 years) working in a production finance role in live events, scripted television, and touring music
concerts.
● Strong understanding of production finance, budgeting, and cost-tracking processes for live events,
ideally including broadcast elements
● Deep proficiency in production accounting software and ERP systems not limited to:
○ Cast & Crew / CAPS SuitesDPO
■ Studio+
■ Start+
○ Entertainment Partners Suites
■ Movie Magic
■ Smart Accounting
■ Smart PO
■ SmartStart
■ SmartTime
○ Pcard- System
○ Google Workspace
○ Microsoft 365
● Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities to collaborate effectively with diverse teams and
stakeholders.
● Proactive mindset and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Responsibilities
● Work closely with the Product Owner and Manager on production stakeholder and subject matter expert
engagement
● Data Entry for critical production data
● User Acceptance testing
● Training of the Trainers
● Work with Production teams and partners to elicit requirements
● Serve as liaison between production finance teams and 3rd party development partners to ensure
requirements are ingested adequately for development
● Collaborate with the technical writer on documentation requirement manuals, guides

Accounting Clerk

By Emily Rice

HARTBEAT:  Accounting Clerk

(Kevin Hart’s company)

THE ROLE:
We are seeking a detail-oriented and motivated Accounting Clerk to join our accounting department. The ideal candidate will be responsible for accurately recording and analyzing financial transactions related to our entertainment operations. This role requires a keen eye for detail, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Perform daily reconciliation of financial transactions, including but not limited to accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash receipts, and disbursements.
  • Manage full cycle A/P processing (matching, batching, and coding of invoices into the general ledger) including cost allocation across separate platforms and business units.
  • Manage creation and submission of invoices to studios, agencies, and other customers, supporting all business unit teams
  • Reconcile Corporate and Production bank accounts on a weekly basis.
  • Support weekly management reporting for financial KPIs based on the daily transactional reconciliations.
  • Work with the Production Accounting manager to enter, code, and reconcile billback invoices and production cash transactions in support of the Studio production teams
  • Record and classify cash and other financial transactions within the general ledger in accordance with GAAP principles and company policies.
  • Assist in month-end and year-end close processes, including preparation of journal entries, accruals, and reconciliations.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional business unit teams to ensure accurate and timely information gathering in support of recording of transactions.
  • Conduct regular audits of financial data to identify discrepancies and resolve issues promptly.
  • Maintain organized and up-to-date documentation of financial transactions and related records.


EXPERIENCE & SKILLS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance related strongly preferred
  • At least 1 year of overall accounting experience (either within public accounting firm (Big 4 preferred) or within a private or public company’s accounting group)
  • Experience within the Entertainment & Media industry is preferred and familiarity with production accounting (ASC 920 and 926) is a plus
  • Strong knowledge of US GAAP accounting standards and ability to assess, analyze and thoroughly document accounting positions and support journal entries
  • ERP System Experience – Netsuite is preferred, though other large ERP system experience (Oracle or SAP) would be useful.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, including the ability to manipulate spreadsheets, create pivot tables and summarize data from multiple sources in clear and concise manner
  • Comfortable working and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment while interfacing with stakeholders in different business units
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy, and excellent follow-up
  • Ability to grow in the role and within the Company as experience is gained


WORK HARD, LAUGH HARDER

Look, it’s called work for a reason. We show up for our teammates, our partners, and our audience. We’re a high-energy culture, where EVERYONE IS A HEADLINER, expected to give their best performance. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun, meaningful, and inspiring. Because if you’re not having fun at work, you’re missing a good time!

So, if you hate fun, never like to laugh, and hardly ever smile, we have the job for you – somewhere else. But if you believe in a culture of creativity, entrepreneurialism, inclusion, hustle, and heart – while prioritizing fun and funny – you belong here.

Must be 18 years or older and willing to submit to a reference check and must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.

BENEFITS
We got you! Hartbeat provides eligible employees competitive benefits, including: Medical, dental and vision insurance, life and disability insurance, paid vacation and holiday pay and generous family leave policies. We also offer 401(k) retirement savings plan, flexible spending account and an unlimited supply of laughs on company time (aftershock giggles may spill into personal time) and more!

COMPENSATION

Actual compensation within the pay range will be decided based on factors including, but not limited to, skills, prior relevant experience, and work location. In addition to the base salary, the compensation package for this role also includes a discretionary bonus, based on individual and company performance.

Hartbeat offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees, that include healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan including an employer match, family planning, paid time off, paid parental leave, several paid holidays, and more.

NOTICES
We take this seriously. Hartbeat provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. As an equal opportunity employer, Hartbeat will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.

Compensation Range: $60-$70K

Manager, TV Production Finance Audit – position filled.

By Emily Rice

Responsibilities

  • Support the fiscal management and administration of all internal and external facets of assigned television productions. Must be knowledgeable of the financing aspects of all assigned shows including (but not limited to): co-production deal structure, deficit calculation, network/studio breakages and tax credits estimates.
  • Manage quarterly corporate reporting process. Analyze, review for accounting accuracy and submit to corporate accounting group, required Production Finance deliverables including: ledger bibles, cost reports, balance sheets, bank reconciliations.
  • Provide Production Finance support to Production & Business Affairs Executives of assigned projects.
  • Closely monitor the production progress of assigned productions. Must be able to provide guidance and address various production finance related queries from internal and external customers such as: co-production partners, Business Affairs executives, Production and Post Production Executives, production accountants, corporate accounting and FP&A executives, corporate tax department, Residuals and Participations groups, tax credit auditors, State film office, internal auditors, external cost auditors and post production accounting group.
  • Manage production incentive workflow of assigned shows, including but not limited to applications, audits, qualified expense tracking, ensure receipt of tax credits or cash and assist with tax incentive analysis to determine the best location to capture the highest return of rebates and tax credits to the network.
  • Coordinate Production Accounting compliance audits of assigned shows to support Production Finance efforts in enforcing appropriate finance controls in production accounting operations. Ensure adherence to all production accounting policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate transfer of production accounting responsibilities from production accountant to post production accounting group. Responsible for ensuring transfer of information related to all open items in cost report and trial balance are properly documented and communicated.
  • Work closely with post production accountant to manage the cost reporting process from post production stage to close of accounting books. This is to ensure accurate reporting of EFC to corporate accounting and FP&A group.
  • Support the management, forecasting and maintenance consolidated production cash flow of entire TV slate.
  • Perform ad hoc financial analyses and miscellaneous projects as needed.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance preferred.
  • Minimum of 3+ years’ experience in Television production accounting or studio production finance or FP&A is required.
  • In depth understanding of film and television industry accounting and finance practices.
  • Knowledge and experience with union/guild agreements.
  • Knowledge of state and international tax incentive laws and credits.

Analyst, Production Audit needed (Culver City)

By Emily Rice

Analyst, Production Audit

Culver City, CA

Essential Responsibilities:

·       Support the Audit Director in performing operational audits and facilitating industry guild audits (SAG, DGA, WGA, and IATSE). This includes retrieving audit requests, researching, and responding to audit findings.

·       Prepare and maintain audit files, including retrieving audit support from production accounting document systems.

·       Maintain and update the operational audit manual, exhibits, and forms as needed.

·       Support the Audit Director in interactions with freelance production staff and studio finance executives in response to policy questions.

·       Maintain and update the Television Production Finance policies and procedures to ensure production accounting teams are in compliance.

·       Handle ad hoc projects to support legal, tax, and labor departments with production-related claims. Assist the analytics and reporting team in preparing analysis for Labor Relations during union negotiations.

·       Serve as the liaison between Production Finance and internal lines of business (e.g., Labor Relations, I.T., Production Accounting Teams, etc.) and external vendors (e.g., Third Party Payroll Companies, Third Party Auditors, etc.).

·       Analyze and interpret union contracts to ensure compliance with all relevant terms.

Technical Skills:

·       Advanced experience with Excel and other Microsoft / Apple products.

·       Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of Global Vista, Movie Magic, PSL, and Smart Accounting products.

  • SAP S4P financial system experience is preferred.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business administration.
  • Minimum 3 years of external and/or Internal auditing experience
  • Strong knowledge of production accounting principles and processes.
  • Entertainment industry experience preferred

Eligibility Requirements:

·       Willingness to work extended hours if needed.

·       Must be willing to submit to background check.

·       Must have work authorization to work in the United States.

·       Must be 18 years or older.

·       Must be willing to work in Culver City, CA.

·       Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered.

Desired Characteristics:

·       Strong communication skills, written / verbal, and ability to interact with employees at all levels, including upper management.

·       Robust understanding of payroll process and union labor agreements.

  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritize work, and remain detail oriented.

·       High aptitude and enthusiasm for complex problem solving and analysis.

Weekly rate of $1,700-$1,750.

Please send all resumes to audits236@gmail.com

In-House Production Accountant needed at Adult Swim (Burbank) – updated listing

By Emily Rice

Seeking an in-house Production Accountant for Adult Swim in Burbank, CA. Extensive knowledge of
Animation union payroll and Movie Magic budgeting are required. The candidate must be proficient in
managing multiple priorities to meet production and financial reporting deadlines. The position reports to
the Production Finance Manager and works closely with Production and Finance teams in Burbank and
Atlanta. This is a freelance position.
Responsibilities:
 Process union and non-union payroll, A/P invoices, petty cash/PCards, and journal entries on multiple
shows during pre-production, post, and wrap
 Support Production teams from pre-production through wrap
 Generate monthly cost reports and bibles, and reconcile trial balances compared to the corporate
balance sheet
 Close shows after wrap including bank account reconciliations, closing p-cards and petty cash
accounts, requesting return of deposits, and issuing final cost report
 Provide supporting documentation for all corporate requests as well as union and production incentive
audits.
Qualifications:
 Minimum 3 years in a lead production accountant role
 Extensive knowledge of union payroll: IATSE Local 839, SAG/AFTRA, WGA
 Proficient in SmartAccounting, Global Vista, GreenSlate, CASHet and Movie Magic Budgeting
 Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel
 GA production incentive knowledge a plus
 Experience working on multiple projects simultaneously
 Ability to prioritize work in a fast-paced environment to meet strict deadlines
 Solid written and verbal communication skills with colleagues at all levels
 General knowledge of accounting procedures
Salary range/weekly rate: $1.2k-2k
Please submit resumes and references to kristine.ferrer@wbdcontractor.com

Studio Production Accountant needed at Adult Swim (Atlanta)

By Emily Rice

Seeking a studio Production Accountant for Adult Swim in Atlanta, GA. Extensive knowledge of
Animation union payroll and Movie Magic budgeting is required. The candidate must be proficient in
managing multiple priorities to meet production and financial reporting deadlines. The position reports to
the Production Finance Manager and works closely with Production and Finance teams in Burbank and
Atlanta. This is a freelance position with the potential to become a full-time, non-union, staff position.
Responsibilities:
* Process union and non-union payroll, A/P invoices, petty cash/PCards, and journal entries on multiple
shows during pre-production, post, and wrap
* Support Production teams from pre-production through wrap
* Generate monthly cost reports and bibles, and reconcile trial balances compared to the corporate
balance sheet
* Close shows after wrap including bank account reconciliations, closing p-cards and petty cash
accounts, requesting return of deposits, and issuing final cost report
* Provide supporting documentation for all corporate requests as well as union and production incentive
audits.
Qualifications:
* Minimum 3 years in a lead production accountant role
* Extensive knowledge of union payroll: IATSE Local 839, SAG/AFTRA, WGA
* Proficient in SmartAccounting, Global Vista, GreenSlate, CASHet and Movie Magic Budgeting
* Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel
* GA production incentive knowledge a plus
* Experience working on multiple projects simultaneously
* Ability to prioritize work in a fast-paced environment to meet strict deadlines
* Solid written and verbal communication skills with colleagues at all levels
* General knowledge of accounting procedures

Salary Range $1000 – $2000 DOE

Please submit resumes and references to Kristine.Ferrer@wbdcontractor.com