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Sr Financial Analyst needed for Prodn Finance Group @ BET (L.A.)

Overview and Responsibilities

Black Entertainment Television Networks (BETN) is seeking a Sr. Financial Analyst to join our Production Finance Group. The Sr. Financial Analyst will assist the Production Finance Group with production cost planning and management, corporate reporting, cash flow forecast, cash flow variance analysis, tax credit analysis, audit reviews, implementing and maintaining processes and reporting and other duties as assigned.

• Production cost planning and management from development to audit inclusive of analysis of estimated final costs and overages to corporate forecast, routing of overage forms for approval and reporting on spend for all projects under original and music programming and corporate set-up of the show
• Cash Flow and Tax Incentive forecasting, variance analysis, year-end cash management
• Support monthly and quarterly close, including journal entries, balance sheet and bank account reconciliations and general ledger reconciliation of SAP and production accounting system
• Create reports for submission to Corporate Finance and Programming Finance
• Facilitate and manage pre-production finance and accounting inclusive of pre-funding, greenlight approval, internal project and production company set-up, budget review, production cash flow and payroll/accounting system set-up
• Tax incentive analysis to determine the best location to capture the highest return of rebates and tax credits
• Identify cost/spend trends through historical data, budgets, cost reports
• Manage production bank account administration with Treasury
• Coordinate desk and field audits for production cost verification and operational audits; assist with union audits
• Report building for various ad-hoc analysis
• Maintain administrative listings and reports for the group
• Liaise with Production Management and Global Sourcing teams to identify cost efficiencies for production cycle
• Actively engage with HR, Labor Relations, Corporate Accounting, Internal Audit, Global Sourcing, IT to ensure production finance policies and procedures are current and effectively implemented on our productions
• Assist with research, develop and test new technologies that provide the next generation of production finance tools and determine how and when to best incorporate into the production accounting workflow
• Special Projects as assigned
Basic Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Finance, Accounting, Business
• Minimum 2-4 years related professional experience
• Prior financial planning/accounting experience in the entertainment industry
• Strong financial modeling and analytical abilities
Additional Qualifications
• Aptitude for being precise and detail-oriented
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate with all levels of company personnel
• Possess organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities
• Desire and proven ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
• Effective at being a team player with internal and external clients
• Proficiency in Excel, SAP; knowledge of Industry Accounting Software
• Possess thorough knowledge of state and international tax incentive laws and credits


Accounting Intern needed for Commercial/Feature Prodco (Austin, Tx)

Commerical/Feature Production Co in Austin Texas looking for Accounting Intern.

Fueld Films, Inc. is looking for an accounting intern approx 3-6 hours a week to round out our Finance team.
Job duties include filing, errands, w-9 organization, mail outs.

Our Finance department is one that takes our job seriously, but we are also laid back and and a little silly.
We are looking for someone who can wants to learn from the bottom up and grow with us.

Compensation includes: Mileage/Meals


Storycorps link – and some thoughts about life as an accountant

Hi everyone – For me, accounting was something I fell into after college, not my life’s goal.  I was great at math, and didn’t really know what else to do.  It was 1983 when I finished college and moved home to a grey and sleepy Seattle.  I grew up there  watching Monty Python sketches where the Chartered Accountant wanted to be a lion tamer, do you know that sketch?  It spelled out the sort of shame of being an accountant, so boring.  Growing up in Seattle I got the message that I should be a writer, an artist, a musician, but those things did not come easily.  Instead I picked a stable career  in a creative industry, and for years that felt like it wasn’t enough.  Those years have gone by and I’m very happy in what I’m doing now though, I love this specific specialty in accounting.  I could not be happier with my employees and my clients, what a fun, caring, interesting and smart group of people.  Also I appreciate that I keep a roof over our heads, and I can send my kids to college without too much help from my mom…BUT!  I always keep an eye out for another career someday, maybe as a writer, or peer counselor, or something less “left-brain.”   Today I listened to Storycorps on NPR and it really made me laugh and appreciate life and it’s opportunities, challenges, responsibilities.  There is life after accounting –  give it a listen if you can:

I don’t know how to enable comments on this post (need to ask my partner), but if you want my email address it’s  Happy Friday!

Please be sure to enjoy the weekend, I’m going to.


Notice: 3/28 Seminar sponsored by Local 871 re: California Incentive

IATSE Local 871 invites all Production and Assistant Production Accountants to a Seminar with the California Film Commission on
“A Preview of California’s Newly Expanded Film & TV Tax Credit Program”.

Saturday, March 28th at IATSE Local 80, 2520 W. Olive Street in Burbank
Doors Open: 9:30 am
Program Begins at: 10:00 A.M.

California Film Commission Executive Director Amy Lemisch and Program Director Nancy Stone will present an introduction to California’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0. They will be covering eligibility, application procedures and deadlines, qualified and non-qualified expenditures, expenditure tagging information and other program procedures.

This is your chance to hear direct from the source about all the changes that will soon be implemented to the state’s expanded incentive program.

For questions or to RSVP, contact Leslie Simon at