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Director, Production Accounting @ Fox Networks Group (L.A.)

Director, Production Accounting
Fox Networks Group
Los Angeles, CA
The Director of Production Accounting assists in budgeting upcoming projects, tracks production costs and supervises the on-site accounting teams. This position oversees mainly single-camera one-hour dramatic series for network and cable distribution as well as other projects including MOW’s and ½ hour scripted comedies. This position will supervise the Accounting staffs in the field to make sure the shows are following policies and procedures. In addition to preparing budgets and reviewing cost reports for timely and accurate cost reporting, the candidate will prepare other reports and analyses on an ad-hoc basis. The ideal candidate will have previous experience as a key or 1st assistant production accountant. Some travel may be required to audit productions in the field.
• Strong analytical and quantitative skills required.
• Must be proficient in budgeting multi-camera and single camera shows.
• Extensive knowledge of union contracts including Canada and other foreign locations.
• Able to read scripts, break them down and prepare budgets using Movie Magic Budgeting
• Review tax incentive credits and track them through production to receipt.
• Knowledge of day-to-day operations on a production
• Review hot cost, cost reports and production reports for accuracy.
• Must be able to attend meetings and communicate with producers and senior management.
• Must be able to multi-task and prioritize the work-load while making sure deadlines are met.
• Provide backup and billing for breakage items to Accounts Receivable and track billback items for shows.
• Complete special projects for corporate, legal affairs, business affairs, labor relations and human resources for research and negotiations.
• Collaborate with the in-house production teams to determine and implement production strategies and logistics.
• Bachelor Degree in Accounting/Finance or a related field (production) mandatory plus 5 years of experience in television required.
• Must possess excellent communication and supervisory skills.
• Must be proficient on PSL/Vista accounting system, Excel, MS Word and Outlook.

Sr Manager, UTV Studio Payroll (Universal City)

Job Number 32332BR
Job Title Sr Manager, UTV Studio Payroll
Business Segment NBC Entertainment
Sub-Business NBC Ent Finance
Posting Category Finance

Link to apply:

About Us NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide 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.
Career Level Experienced
Country United States
State/Province California
City Universal City
Responsibilities Job Summary:
As a Sr Manager of UTV Studio Payroll, you will be a key member of a high-performing studio payroll team and will play an integral role in modernizing process improvements. The UTV payroll department is responsible for processing above the line payroll for network, cable and SVOD distributed productions. The successful candidate should emphasize cross-functional collaboration with all business partners for process improvements and efficiencies. The individual will partner closely with our internal teams (HR / Business Affairs / Legal / Production) to provide our production employees with a first class onboarding and payroll experience. One must have extensive knowledge of guild requirements, specifically SAG, AFTRA, WGA and DGA. A successful candidate for this position will be an individual who has leadership discipline, strong analytical skills, and the desire to drive improvements and continuously simplify processes. He/she will work closely with payroll providers and production accountants in processing, editing and approving talent payroll. In addition, the individual will support labor relations and production finance in ongoing analysis of guild and union escalations and contract renegotiations.
Essential Responsibilities:
Ensure an accurate and timely payroll, including but not limited to: weekly & episodic comp, series sales bonuses, royalties, payroll taxes, PH&W, statutory and supplemental benefits, etc.
Onboard new production personal in coordination with BA, Production and Finance.
Distil and breakdown long-form contracts, transcribe into schedules and circulate for proper approvals.
Liaise with Labor Relations, Production Finance, Internal Audit, Finance Ops, Treasury, and IT to ensure payroll policies are current and effectively implemented.
Work with production controllers and show accountants on a day to day basis to drive accurate, complete and timely payroll.
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 release of payroll edits.
Assist in the training and mentoring of junior payroll coordinator staff with the goal of developing stellar talent.
Candidate will consult on deal structure for contracts.
Travel to production locations to perform on-site payroll training (Payroll 101 Workshops), review work flows, organizational abilities and effectiveness of payroll accounting staff.
Maintain knowledge of current industry trends pertaining to union MOA updates, rate increases and compliance issues.
Technical Skills:
Intermediate/Advanced experience with Excel and other Microsoft / Apple products.
Advanced understanding of Show Biz Time Cards.
Intermediate/Advanced knowledge of Vista5, PSL, and Ease products.
SAP experience preferred but not required.
Qualifications/Requirements Basic Qualifications:
Candidate must have 7+ years of film and/or television industry production accounting, and at least 3+ years of production payroll experience.
Eligibility Requirements:
Willingness to travel (domestic and international) and work extended hours if needed.
Must have work authorization to work in the United States.
Must be 18 years or older.
Must be covered by Solutions, NBCU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.
Must be willing to work in Universal City, CA.
Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered.
Desired Characteristics Desired Characteristics:
Strong communication skills, written / verbal, and ability to interact with employees at all levels, including upper management.
Robust understanding of payroll process, union labor agreements and tax requirements.
Proven ability to lead and manage a team.
Candidates are required to be highly analytical, as well as strong effective communicators.
High aptitude and enthusiasm for complex problem solving and analysis utilizing financial applications, including great Excel skills.
He/she must thrive in a fast-paced environment, possess a high level of academic curiosity, focus on generating results and exhibit the highest personal and professional standards of integrity and ethics.


Freelance Prod Accountant (in-house) needed for Network (NY)
Primary duties to cover all aspects of production accounting including:
• Responsible for various projects to close / finalize
• Assist with the start-up of a project
• Prod Payroll for union and non-union
• Accounts Payable
• P-Card Reconciliation
• Purchase Orders
• Cost Reporting
• Bank Reconciliation
• Assist with budget review for accuracy
• Journal Entries
• Reconcile Vista to Corp accounting
system (SAP)
• Assist with tax incentives/credits audits
• Assist with special projects and reports
• Manage accounting files
• SAP experience helpful
Must be highly organized and possesses strong analytical skills. Working knowledge of Global Vista, Movie Magic Budgeting and Microsoft Office applications.

TV Production Finance Lead needed at Dreamworks Animation (Glendale)

DreamWorks Animation Television is looking for a TV Production Finance Lead to join the team in Glendale, CA. Animation and/or VFX experience strongly preferred. Strong excel skills required, working knowledge of SAP and/or Oracle ideal. Any experience managing budgets with international vendors is also helpful.

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Clerk needed at TV Studio (L.A.)

LA Television Studio Seeks Production Clerk. Duties include:
•Process invoices, journal entries, petty cash and checks for deposit
•File and organize accounting records for storage and request record destructions based on corporate record retention guidelines
•Process AMEX requests
•Add vendors to the Common Vendor System
•Daily mail runs on the Studio Lot
•Perform bank reconciliations
•Process Upload and Downloads; obtain back-up for download charges
•Cross-train to process Development payroll
•Maintain order in copy rooms
•Other projects as requested
•Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting (preferred)
•Proficiency in MS Office Tools: Word, Excel
•Prior Vista/PSL experience preferred
•Sense of urgency and ability to multi-task
•Team player
•Ability to lift 25lbs

Production Accountant/Business Affairs person needed (Venice)

Production Accountant/Business Affairs
Full Time Job
Production Support / Business Affairs/Accounting
for small tv commercial and content company in Venice, right off Abbot Kinney. Relaxed, casual environment, interacting with the Executive Producers and Project Personnel, get to meet well-known Oscar winning and nominated directors. Job responsibilities include the following:
• Production accounting start-up of each job.
• Accounting point-person during active production.
• Interact with Freelance Production Personnel
• Final wrap-out and actualization of each job.
• Work with ad agency Business Affairs and agency Executive Producers with regard to contractual matters as well as accounts receivable collections matters.
• Administer insurance related issues.
• Handle guild related matters.
• Administer staff payroll.
• Administer job payroll: audit and final approvals.
• Handle insurance and guild audits
• Weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial reporting.
• Bank and Credit Card Reconciliations.
• Account for depreciable assets and inventory.
• Maintain schedules and payments for business licenses, Statements of Information and other related business filings.
• Prepare adjunct financial statement by job, state, or location.
Required Education, Experience, and General skils
Extensive experience with Quickbooks and Production Accounting, Production office experience in film, tv, and/or commercials, College degree, Solid communication skills, Positive Attitude, and Kind Demeanor
Required Software Skills
Extensive knowledge of Quickbooks, Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat
Looking for someone to work 4-5 days a week (32-40 hours), $35/hr. Benefits and incentive bonuses, after 6 months.
Send resumes in the body of the email please, no attachments due to security reasons.


Temp In-House Production Accountant needed for indie prodco (Beverly Hills)

Temporary in-house production accountant needed for independent production company
This is a one-month in-house role based in our Beverly Hills office, with the potential to move into a series’ accounting dept once the role expires. Would suit a payroll accountant looking to make the first step to lead accountant.
Production accounting duties:
Prep/wrap accountant on all shows covering:
• Budget reviews, ensuring all payroll and fringes rates are accurate
• Setting up PSL
• Setting up and processing payroll during the prep period
• Process accounts payable as needed
• Handing over to production accountant when they start/finish
• Processing payroll during wrap period
• Finalising cost report
• Reconciling any outstanding items on trial balance (petty cash, p-cards etc)
• Bank reconciliations
Lead accountant on pilots, specials and webseries

Accounts Payable Analyst needed at Entertainment Company (L.A.)

Job description
A Los Angeles based Entertainment Company is seeking a degreed accountant with accounts payable experience. The ideal candidate has a can-do attitude, energy, and enthusiasm, the ability to multi-task and is looking for a career in entertainment accounting.
Degree in accounting or related field with solid understanding of accounting principles
Two or more years of Accounts Payable experience Proficient with Excel
Familiar with some ERP accounting system (experience with Microsoft Dynamics AX a plus)
Efficient, diligent and conscientious, motivated, detail oriented and well organized
Confident, assertive and lively
Job Details:
Accepting and recording invoices and purchase orders
Reviewing invoices and purchase orders for correctness and ability to identify issues before recording
Ability to maintain a system of tracking unrecorded invoices and purchase orders with issues
Cutting checks from several different bank accounts
Maintaining files of payments made
Assertiveness and confidence to intertact with the CFO in presenting check runs and keeping the CFO on schedule
Journal entries for wire payments
Opening new vendor accounts with proper paperwork
Responding to vendor inquiries
Interacting with other departments in the firm regarding their vendors/invoices
Managing large volume of paper
Eventually job may include accounting for company credit card charges
Special projects as assigned

Assistant Accountant needed at TV Prodco (Culver City)

We are a TV production company based in Culver City, California. Founded in 2016, we develop and produces a wide range of television, film, documentary, and interactive mobile content.
We are looking for an Assistant Production Accountant to join our team. This role requires the ability to handle multiple projects and have excellent written, communication, and time management skills. This is a freelance position based in Culver City, CA.
Review and process electronic timecards, collaborating with our payroll company to address any issues
Process accounts payable on multiple projects
Communicate professionally with staff and vendors about payments
Reconcile, code, and enter all credits card and petty cash transactions
Ability to work in fast paced environment under tight deadlines
Help to prepare 1099s
Complete all other accounting and reporting projects as necessary
Knowledge of accounting best practices
Minimum one year experience in relevant entertainment environment
Experience processing production payroll and using production accounting software
Proficient in Microsoft Outlook and Excel
Must be very organized and able to juggle several projects at a time.
Can work positively and collaboratively with internal staff
Grace under pressure, great people skills, high integrity
Great organizational skills