Job Overview:

Group Nine is seeking an experienced Senior Director, Production Finance to lead our premier Production Accounting team. This role will be instrumental in providing accurate cost reporting; evaluating, reviewing, and budgeting for productions; and ensuring adherence to financial and legal policies & procedures. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a thorough understanding of accounting for productions (such as digital, commercial, and TV). Reporting to the VP of Finance, this role will partner closely with our Studios team, Legal team, and members of the Finance team. 

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Provide accurate, complete and timely reporting: cost reports, cash flows, and trial balances
  • Manage the insurance program(s) for all productions (commercial and entertainment)
  • Asses strategic allocation of funds while analyzing production submissions and evaluate which productions are most cost efficient 
  • Lead all budgeting, pacing, and closing processes for all production and operations groups
  • Lead simplification initiatives to allow better transparency in reporting for production and operations departments and make it easier to do business.
  • Create and roll out a project management system and implement project codes
  • Act as primary leader of key financial management liaison between production executives, show accountants, show producer, and corporate finance
  • Provide accurate, complete and timely reporting: cost reports, cash flows, and trial balances
  • Oversee day-to-day workflows & enforce accounting procedures
  • Collaborate with producers and legal team to create production budgets and review contract terms
  • Review cash flow schedules and funding requests in accordance with deals and schedules
  • Handle banking inquiries, production deposits, bank reconciliations and wire transfers
  • Manage accounts payable (incl. POs, invoices, checks, expense reports, p-cards, petty cash)
  • Support month end accounting close (incl. accruals, journal entries, and reconciliations)
  • Collaborate with Legal on engaging unions and staying up to date on all union/guild contracts (rates, rules and regulations)
  • Research and track available tax incentives, residuals, and royalties
  • Prepare ad-hoc analysis or reporting as needed

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 10+ years of progressive experience accounting for productions within a studio, network, branded agency, production company (digital, commercial, TV, film)
  • Experience working with Entertainment Partners and Cast and Crew
  • Thorough understanding of production accounting practices (payroll, labor laws, guilds & unions, accounts payable, vendor set-up, cost tracking & reporting, cash flow schedules, disbursements, reconciliation, reforecasts, audits, insurance, contractual obligations, tax incentives, royalties, residuals etc.)
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance
  • Proficient in Excel and experience with SmartAccounting and or MediaWeb
  • Strong analytical acumen related to financial and operational matters.
  • Familiarization with state production tax incentive programs.
  • Working knowledge of TV Union and Guild agreements.
  • Strong attention to detail, highly organized, pro-active, and high adaptability
  • Must exhibit the highest personal and professional standards of integrity and ethics
  • Highly personable, team player, with curiosity and drive; collaboration is key
  • Strong and effective written and verbal communication skills

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