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Senior Production Accountant needed at Sony (Culver City)

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Culver City, CA

Senior Production Accountant-CUL00003674 Description

The Digital Production Accountant provides financial support and analysis for Animation and Visual Effects productions. This position is responsible for all financial and accounting functionalities on both types of films including production budgeting, forecasting/cash flows, profit analysis, headcount analysis, general accounting and ad-hoc analysis. The Digital Production Accountant will work directly with the Producers, Production Managers, Coordinators, as well as with clients, Director of IT Systems, and Finance Management.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage all financial aspects of production accounting: including budgeting, cashflow, cost tracking, headcount tracking, variance analysis, forecasting estimated final cost (EFC), profit analysis, production quota and productivity reporting, and ad hoc analysis.

– Budgeting and cost tracking Animation and VFX films (Development, Pre-Production, Production and Post Production phases)
– Prepare weekly Estimated Final Cost (EFC) forecasting, cash flow forecasting, headcount summary, variance analysis, reporting and miscellaneous journals and account re-classes
– Prepare weekly quota and artist productivity reports for production
– Review weekly reports for accuracy and making reclassifications as required
– Analyze cause of variances
– Extract budgets into EFC reporting
– Database maintenance including rate updates, crewing date changes and coding
– Review and code purchase orders, invoices, petty cash, procurement card expenses, etc.
– Prepare audit backup to support all show expenditures as needed
– Audit production time cards
– Labor tracking by employee and task
– Perform complex financial analysis on an as needed basis
– Additional production related accounting functions as requested by Finance Management.
– Ability to manipulate large amount of data into concise and informative reports for Sr. Management


Required Experience
– B.A./B.S. Finance/Accounting degree
– CPA or MBA preferred
– 4+ years – production accounting experience (Animation/VFX preferred)
– Advanced Excel Skills required, SAP knowledge a plus
– An understanding of Canadian tax incentive programs is a plus
– Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
– Excellent analytical, organizational and forecasting skills
– Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and prioritize work and remain detail oriented
– Deep understanding of production cycles and ability to work in ambiguous situations

Job Finance & Accounting
Primary LocationNorth America-United States of America-Culver City Area, California Organization Motion Picture Finance Schedule Full-time


In House Accountant needed by production Co (L.A./Hollywood)

In search of in-house accountant for production company specializing in docu-series/reality programming. Ideal candidate has substantial experience with network and cable outlets.

Person hired will be the lead accountant for a cable series and also oversee company’s pilots, presentations and sizzles. Position lasts from October – June.

Non-Union. Los Angeles/Hollywood


Full Time Production Finance Position – Studio (Burbank)

FULL TIME PRODUCTION FINANCE POSITION – STUDIO (BURBANK) *SUPERVISING PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANT* POSITION SUMMARY Experienced Senior-Level Production Accountant to supervise Domestic and International Television Scripted Pilots and Series from initial setup through final delivery, assist with creation and review of Pilot and Episodic budgets, as well as contribute and collaborate to help ensure compliance with studio policies and procedures.

Minimum of 5 years as Lead Accountant in Television Production (Location Accounting – Preferred) Have strong budgeting skills with Episodic Television Budgets (Move Magic Budgeting, a must) Must have good communication skills (Verbal and Written Word), Compassion, Team Oriented, Lead by Example, Speak from Experience, Ask others for Help, Eager to Learn-Eager to Teach

Supervise, Hire and Support Production Accountants for Scripted Television Pilots, MOWs and Series.
Assist with budgeting and budgetary reviews of Development Scripts, Location Scenarios, Pilots and Episodic Series Help ensure compliance with internal policies and procedures, ensure integrity and accuracy of production budgets, cost reporting and financial incentives.
Position will work closely with VP of Finance, Production Executives, Legal and Business Affairs as well as with internal Prep and Wrap Accountants


1st Assistant Accountant needed at TV Studio (Burbank)

Seeking an experienced 1st Assistant Accountant, with knowledge of Union payroll and cost reporting to be responsible for prep/wrap at a television studio in Burbank.

Essential Responsibilities:

Manage & resolve outstanding and ongoing A/P, Payroll, P-Card activity

Complete any ongoing post production by processing payroll, AP and P-Card activity

Handle startup costs and reporting on show costs prior to Accountant being assigned

Manage show A/R process to include the collection of outstanding deposits and A/R

Issue episodic cost reports and issue updated recaps to Studio as scheduled

Assist with projects as needed by Finance Executive

Basic Qualifications:

Minimum 5 years of production accounting experience

Ability to work well in a fast-paced rapidly changing environment

Excellent technical and analytical skills

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Strong organizational skills

Proficiency in VISTA, Excel, Movie Magic software

Familiarity with Optimis preferred


Full Time Production Staff Accountant (Encino)

Full Time Production Finance Staff Accountant (Encino)
compensation: Depends on Experience
employment type: full-time
Position Type: Full Time
Approximate Hours Per Week: Full Time
Title: Staff Accountant
Job Description:
A leading television production company located in ENCINO, CA seeks a DETAIL-oriented, EFFICIENT, FORWARD-THINKING, and ORGANIZED Staff Accountant.
* PSL and GL accounting systems a plus
* Prior professional experience in
* Prefer professional experience in
production finance

Responsibilities include:
· Payroll
· A/P
· Heavy filing / digital file organization / Maintaining vendor files · A/R · GL · Union/Guild Reports · Production tax incentive coordination · Rebills · Data Entry · Duties as assigned

Job Function:
City: Encino
State/Province: California
Requisition #: 769609

Degree Level: Bachelor’s
Application Instructions
Additional Documents:
Unofficial Transcript, Writing Sample, Other Documents as Candidate Provides Requested Document Notes:
This is a full time, entry level position. Please email your resume, transcript copy, major and overall GPA, and four (4) professional references to:
Desired Major(s):
Mathematics / Economics, Business Economics, Business and Administration, Applied Mathematics, Accounting

Accountant needed for Large Entertainment Studio (Burbank)

Large Entertainment Studio Seeking Accountant: Burbank, CA

• Cost reports
• Estimating
• Setup and prep pilots and series
• Assist Finance Executive in daily show related tasks and special projects
• Resolve trial balance items
• Research/process open AP and payroll
• Journal entries
• Bank reconciliations

• Minimum of 1 year as Key Production Accountant or 3 years as a 1st Assistant Accountant
• Payroll
• Proficient in PSL, Global Vista and Movie Magic
• SAP knowledge a plus

Please send your resume to:

Accounting Clerk needed at 20th Century Fox TV (Culver City)

Twentieth Century Fox Television (TCFTV) – Culver City, CA Accounting Clerk

Job Duties:

-Semi-complex clerical tasks such as loading weekly costs in production accounting systems.
-Calculate and post charges to departmental accounts.
-Prepare and enter journals.
-Pursue vendors and production staff on outstanding issues.
-Research and prepare accounting documentation for costs, reports and audits.
-Operate a variety of office machines.
-Inventory maintenance.
-Order supplies.
-Answer phones.
-Other duties as assigned.


-Bachelor’s degree in Finance or Accounting preferred.
-Two to three years’ related work experience in TV/Film production or with an accounting firm, preferred.
-Strong skills with Microsoft Excel functions and Microsoft Word.
-Possess excellent written and verbal communications skills.
-Team player with the desire to grow.
-Must be organized, focused, and detail-oriented, with the ability to interact confidently with Senior Management.
-Must be pro-active and have the ability to work independently in a fast paced environment, as well as possess strong communication and presentation skills.
-Knowledge of Vista &/or PSL production accounting systems is extremely helpful



Assistant Accountant/Payroll needed for busy Animation Studio. This is a full-time position which will start immediately.
Individual must be a team player, organized and able to prioritize duties. Must have strong attention to detail and be able to handle multiple productions simultaneously in a fast-paced environment. Interpersonal skills are important.
• Process union/non-union payroll
• Maintain files and documentation thoroughly and accurately, in accordance with company policy • Accounts Payable • Journals • Assist Production Accountant in related tasks and special projects • Research/process open items • Maintain contractual payments / vendor follow-up

• BA in Business, Accounting or a related field and prior experience in Animation or corporate accounting is a plus • Proficient in PSL, Excel and Movie Magic • Knowledge of all CA unions and guilds