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Production Accountant – Group Nine Media – Los Angeles, CA


Company: Group Nine Media

Location: Los Angeles, CA

  • Full Time

Group Nine Media

Group Nine is seeking an experienced Production Accountant to join our premier production accounting team. This role will be instrumental in providing accurate cost reporting, evaluating and budgeting for productions, and ensuring adherence to financial policies & procedures. The ideal candidate would demonstrate a thorough understanding of accounting for productions (such as digital, commercial or TV). This position will report to the Director of Production Finance and will partner closely with the Studios team and members of the finance team.

Responsibilities

  • Provide accurate, complete and timely reporting: cost reports, cash flows, and trial balances
  • Provide day-to-day guidance on workflows & enforce accounting procedures
  • Collaborate with producers to create production budgets and review contract terms
  • Prepare 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)
  • Facilitate onboarding/offboarding of cast and crew and process payroll
  • Process any necessary intercompany transactions and billbacks
  • Assist in the creation of new production entities and set-up of bank accounts (if applicable)
  • Support month end accounting close (incl. accruals, journal entries, and reconciliations)
  • Set up new shows in production accounting system (EP SmartAccounting)
  • Organize, maintain and archive files
  • Keep informed of all union/guild contracts (rates, rules and regulations)
  • Research and track available tax incentives, residuals, and royalties
  • Prepare, issue, and file annual IRS 1099
  • Prepare ad-hoc analysis or reporting as needed

Qualifications

  • Minimum 5+ years of progressive experience accounting for productions within a studio, network, branded agency, production company (digital, commercial, TV, film)
  • 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
  • Other Skills (preferred not required): NetSuite, SmartStart, SmartTime, Movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling, Airtable, Salesforce, Gmail
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work under pressure with minimal supervision
  • 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

The perks

We have amazing people. We can promise you’ll work alongside some of the smartest and most interesting people in the industry. Our people work hard but we always have fun doing it. From pride to wellness to diversity, employees lead clubs that matter. We also know how to host a top-notch happy hour. Bottom line: we care about each other and we take our values seriously.

We value development. We are a high-performance organization that challenges itself to continuously grow. We invest in employee development. You’ll need to be great to get hired here and we promise you’ll get even better once you’re here.

We care about you. We offer company-paid parental leave for everyone #inclusion. We also offer health, dental and vision insurance, along with a selection of voluntary benefits. Knowing that time out of the office is as important as time spent in the office, our vacation, sick, and federal holiday allowances ensure you have time to take care of yourself.

We invest in your future. We offer competitive compensation and a matching 401(k) plan. Depending on the role, options may also be granted.

We value diversity and inclusivity. Group Nine Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and everyone is encouraged to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state or local law. Group Nine Media is also a participant in e-verify.

We serve snacks, cold brew, coffee, and tea. Who needs anything else

About Group Nine

Group Nine reaches more people on mobile than any publisher in the U.S. Our mission is to tell great stories that spark action and make a real difference. With nearly 45M Americans engaging with our content every day [source: Nielsen Digital Content Ratings, January 2019], Group Nine’s brands are built for the platforms where young people spend the majority of their time. We reach over 70% of Americans ages 18-34 every month [source: Nielsen, December 2018]. Audiences spend nearly 3 billion minutes a month engaging with our category-defining brands – NowThis, the no. 1 most watched mobile news brand in the world; The Dodo, the no. 1 animal brand on digital; Thrillist, the most trusted digital brand in food, drink, travel & entertainment; and Seeker, the no. 1 science brand in the U.S. In 2017, Group Nine acquired Emmy nominated, Cannes Lion and Sundance Film Festival award-winning production studio, JASH.

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