Sr Production Financial AnalystApply Now Apply Later Current TFCF Employees and Freelance / Contractors Apply Here Job ID R10014022 Location Los Angeles, California, United States Business Searchlight Pictures Date posted May. 12, 2022
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Corporation and Show Set-up
- Builds corporate structure/flow chart for incentive planning and maintains implementation though all stages of production
- Opens bank accounts for specific filming locations, obtaining signatory information and establishing account signers from both studio and freelance team for processing payments via checks and online
- Works with the Studio Technology team to setup third-party accounting software set-up for use on production payroll and invoices, as well as user onboarding for all production systems
- Tracks crew hiring to create assumption agreements for union contracts, working with Labor Relations and payroll companies to ensure signatory status for IA/DGA/SAG are triggered timely
- Responsible for daily accounting functions of R&D/Prep, including onboarding. Establishes travel authorization and approval workflows before free-lance production accountants are hired
- Initiates invoice payments and ushers studio finance approvals. Monitors bank activity and account balances, placing stop payments when necessary, managing daily positive pay activity, and uploading files for batch payments
- Sets up accounting office both local and abroad, ensuring process and functionality is maintained for various production locations and users
- Works directly with feature film production accounting staff on reviewing approvals for studio on invoices, competitive bids, check requests, and petty cash
- Trains freelance production staff on online banking systems, accounting systems, production systems, etc. (Scenechronize, ESN, PSL+, Smart Accounting, BOA, HSBC)
- Updates and approve templates for show forms, including deal memos, check requests, and competitive bids
- Responsible for building and updating Budgeting Department Excel models including Budget History Report, Crew Rate Comparisons, ATL/BTL Variance Reports, Location Incentive Summaries, and Look of Picture Cost report and Production Accountant database. Presents to key studio executives and provides explanations of variations
- Researches new talent and crew contracts and adds new or revised details to Movie Magic budgets and production spend matrix (BLUE Report)
- Works directly with production accountants in reviewing weekly closing reports, including trial balance, general ledgers, and check registers
- Acts as primary contact for any Accounting related issues, including banking, credit cards, policies & procedures; escalates issues to the Production Finance Exec, as needed
- Ensures all studio approvals are obtained timely, including deal memos, competitive bids, invoices, checks, and petty cash
- Submits weekly Production funding and currency hedge requests thru wire transfers, reconciling actuals of spot buys and FX hedges in wire log. Works with treasury to establish foreign currency purchase and incentive sells, calculating blended rate for gain/loss to show
- Initiates and processes payments via SAP, online banking software, and third party accounting system
- Monitors positive pay activity daily, clearing payments or reporting fraudulent check activity
- Journal studio costs in SAP, identifying and correcting all miscodes on show’s subledger balances
- Sets up show credit facilities and acts as point person for all credit card authorization issues/declines; works Production Finance Execs in establishing individual crew card limits
- Tracks and compiles necessary agreements for production audits and incentive submissions
- Schedules turnover meetings and ensures completion of the wrap checklist; coordinates shipping of accounting files and assists with the transition from production to post
- Sets up development projects with payroll companies for WGA writer payments
- Process invoices and wire transfers for development expenses
- Prepare monthly VAT return for expenses incurred by UK development entities
- Keep accurate accounting record of processed payments, VAT refunds and related journal entries in PSL and supporting backup on the Finance shared drive
- Perform monthly bank reconciliations, research and resolve any reconciling items in a timely manner
- Prepare monthly journal entries in SAP reclassing costs from development entities managed in PSL to the appropriate projects in SAP
Project Oversight and Reporting
- Oversees all updates of critical reports including production spend matrix (BLUE) and Executive Summary for studio-wide distribution
- Weekly reporting financial data of cost reports, change over prior variances, cost and PO commitments to date, potential variances, studio costs, hot costs, and major variances
- Updates and manages internal company reports to senior executives. Builds greenlight memo and final budget binder for studio circulation
- Tracks and reports talent contracts, submitting pay or play commitments quarterly to controllership
- Runs weekly SAP Production and Funding Numbers, flagging erroneous charges and journaling any miscodes to proper show’s chart of accounts
- Reconciles production accounting package and studio cost subledgers quarterly, auditing all costs transferred between the payroll and studio systems
- Sets up show Y-bill for studio charges and works with cashier to monitor Y-bill payments and tracking outstanding studio Y-bill charges
- Submits studio charges memo of soft costs for journaling over to production
- Works alongside controllership for all Quarter Close/Year end reporting, including current currency hedges and incentive tracking
- Joins Corporate Controllership on production location audit of each show to ensure best practices with accounting office and compliance to Disney policies. Advises the accounting team on previous flags, aids controllership on the ground recording findings, and presents audit report to production executives
- Opens studio travel cards, tracks Disney travel BTA and travel billing
- Works directly with Production Finance Executives to analyze updates to production budgets and cash flows. Identifies changes and communicates effectively to production executives
- Provides ad hoc reports to analyzes trends, ranges, and deviation of a variety of production-related expenditures
- Participates in testing of new technical systems to ensure functionality and accuracy for production teams
- Helps maintain and update the Finance Policies and Procedures as need, as well as draft new Policies for new jurisdictions
- Minimum of 5 years of production finance experience required or finance experience in entertainment, consulting or public accounting
- Strong financial modeling and analytical abilities
- Highly collaborative with strong interpersonal and project management skills
- Ability to quickly learn new concepts, think strategically, solve problems, and implement solutions
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize, multi-task, meet deadlines, make preliminary decisions and change course of action quickly
- Detail oriented with the ability to work well under pressure and maintain professionalism and service orientation
- Strong organizational and follow-thru skills, keeping manager informed on completed tasks and status of current tasks at hand
- Effective communicator, both verbally and written
- Ability to build relationships, both internally and externally, and must be able to interact with all levels of management and be an integral team player
- Ability to be proactive, resourceful, and flexible
- Ability to take initiative and work with minimum supervision
- Proficiency with Movie Magic Budgeting, SAP, GlobalVista/PSL3, Microsoft Office Suite and building presentation decks
- BA/BS required, preferred in Economics, Accounting, or Finance related major
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.
About Searchlight Pictures:
Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and the films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Studios.
About The Walt Disney Company:
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.
This position is with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, which is part of a business we call Searchlight Pictures.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.
We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.
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Table of Contents:
- Who we are
- Information We Collect
- Use of Information
- Disclosure of Personal Information
- Data Retention
- Access and Correction
- Links to Third-Party Websites
- Data Transfers and Applicable Law
- Additional Information for the EEA Only
- Changes to the VECTOR Privacy Notice
- Contact Us
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Information We Collect
Information You Provide
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Cookies and Similar Technologies
ONLINE TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES AND ADVERTISING
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- Analyze traffic on our sites and on the sites of third parties.
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Use of Information
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- Archiving and record-keeping.
LEGAL REMEDIES AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
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Disclosure of Personal Information
We may share Personal Information within The Walt Disney Family of Companies for the purposes described in this VECTOR Privacy Notice. We will make the information available to personnel with a need to know the information for the purposes described in this VECTOR Privacy Notice. In the course of our activities and for the same purposes as those listed in this VECTOR Privacy Notice, your Personal Information can be accessed by or transferred to the following categories of recipients on a need to know basis to achieve such purpose:
- our banks and other payment processing service providers;
- our IT systems providers, cloud service providers, database providers and consultants;
- our other suppliers and service providers that provide services and products to us;
- our professional service providers, such as accountants, auditors, legal advisors and insurance brokers; and
- our archive storage providers; and
- other third parties or entities as disclosed in this VECTOR Privacy Notice and permitted by law.
We will retain your Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this VECTOR Privacy Notice unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by applicable law.
Access and Correction
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Apart from such information, you may request access to your Personal Information that we collect, or its modification, correction, or deletion, where permitted by applicable law. For your protection, we may only implement requests with respect to the information associated with the particular email address that you use to send us your request, and we may need to verify your identity before responding to your request. We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. Please note that certain Personal Information may be exempt from such access, correction, or suppression rights pursuant to local data protection laws.
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Links to Third-Party Websites
Our sites may contain links to other websites. This VECTOR Privacy Notice does not address, and we are not responsible for, the privacy, information security, or other practices of any third parties, including any third party operating any website or service to which our sites link. Privacy choices you have made on third party websites or services will not apply to our use of the information we have collected directly through our sites and offline. We encourage you to be aware when you leave our sites and to read the legal notices posted on other sites, including their privacy policies.
Data Transfers and Applicable Law
We operate globally and may transfer your Personal Information to individual companies of The Walt Disney Family of Companies or third parties in locations around the world for the purposes described in this VECTOR Privacy Notice. Wherever your Personal Information is transferred, stored or processed by us, we will take reasonable steps to safeguard the privacy of your Personal Information. Additionally, when using or disclosing Personal Information transferred from the European Union, we use Standard Contractual Clauses approved by the European Commission, adopt other means under European Union law for ensuring adequate safeguards, or obtain your consent. We also apply the substantive requirements of standard contractual clauses when transferring Personal Information from Australia and Argentina.
Changes to this VECTOR Privacy Notice
From time to time, we may change this VECTOR Privacy Notice to accommodate new technologies, industry practices, regulatory requirements or for other purposes. We will provide notice to you if these changes are material and, where required by applicable law, we will obtain your consent. Notice may be by email to you at the last email address you provided us, by posting notice of such changes on our sites and applications, or by other means, consistent with applicable law.
If you have questions or requests related to this VECTOR Privacy Notice, please feel free to contact us by mail at: CORP.Disney.Privacy.Team@disney.com. If you are unsatisfied with a reply received from us, you may at any time refer your complaint to the relevant regulator in your jurisdiction.
Additional Information for the EEA Only
If you are a resident of the UK or EEA, you may also:
- Contact our Data Protection Officer at DataProtection@disney.co.uk with any questions about this VECTOR Privacy Notice.
- Lodge a complaint with a data protection authority for your country or region or in the place of the alleged misconduct.
The Data Controller is the subsidiary or affiliated entity of The Walt Disney Company that is responsible for the Personal Information collected and used within the scope of this VECTOR Privacy Notice from our sites and applications, as follows:
- If you live in Europe, Middle East or Africa: The Walt Disney Company Limited (Company Number 530051) 3 Queen Caroline Street Hammersmith London W6 9PE firstname.lastname@example.org
- US, Canada and Rest of World: Disney Interactive 500 South Buena Vista Street Mail Code 7667 Burbank, CA 91521-7667 United States of America Guest Services
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