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Animation - LA

Production Accountant (Animation)

Mid-City, Los Angeles Animation - LA
Skydance offers a dynamic, inclusive, and ever-evolving culture where innovative ideas are welcomed, and growth fostered. The partnership between unique creativity and technological advancements are demonstrated within each pillar of the company. At the heart of it all is a commitment to boldly entertaining and relevant storytelling.
While all Animation studios look to hire people who are creative and hard-working, Skydance Animation is specifically looking for pioneers who seek to push the limits of what the world’s most collaborative art form can achieve, and to give those pioneers the space and the resources to build a new studio that’s doing something different.
If you’ve ever dreamt of what the early days of Hollywood must have been like, of what it takes to roll up your sleeves and break new ground, figure out a new process, and to one day say, “I was there when it all began,” then welcome aboard…
Skydance Animation is looking for an experienced Production Accountant to join its Animation division. The Production Accountant will provide financial support and analysis for Skydance Animation.  This position is responsible for all financial and accounting functions related to production inclusive of cost reporting, forecasting/cash flows, accounts payable and payroll processing, general accounting and ad-hoc analysis.  The Production Accountant will work directly with Film Production Management, Producers and the Senior Vice President of Finance.  
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  • Manage all financial aspects of production accounting, including budgeting, cash flows, cost tracking, variance analysis, forecasting estimated final cost (EFC), production quota and productivity reporting as well as monthly reconciliation to the corporate ledger
  • Partner with the Production leadership to create and manage production schedules and budgets that deliver films on budget
  • Provide and present clear, accurate and timely production planning scenarios and analysis to both Production and Studio Management during the life cycle of a film
  • Understand and aid in solving budgeting and staffing issues
  • Collaborate with Show leadership to measure production health against quotas, milestones, complexity goals and budget and create executive summaries that headline those measurements
  • Adapt to changing scenarios, anticipate problems and recommend solutions to Show leadership, while maintaining Studio objectives
  • Clearly and concisely communicate issues and collaborate with Production Leadership to problem solve using active listening and knowledge of the animation production process
  • Provide accurate, detailed and timely cost reports, cash flow and headcount forecasts, Staffing Profiles, and Vista reconciliations
  • Comply with all Studio procedures for POs, invoices, checks and timecard approvals
  • Collaborate with Production Finance team to establish best practices, maintain consistency across shows and provide maximum efficiency
  • Liaise with Studio HR and Recruiting team to identify proper hiring needs and practices.
  • Direct and approve all staffing documents including Terminations, Dismissal Pay, Vacation Payout and Bill Backs in a timely manner
  • Direct Assistant Production Accountant on all aspects of their job to ensure Studio compliance, accuracy and timely processing of all payments
  • Mentor and train Assistant Production Accountant to ensure strong work performance
  • Requirements

  • 5 years’ Production accounting experience required
  • Proficiency with Excel required
  • Experience with Smart Accounting preferred
  • Business or Accounting degree preferred
  • Animation experience preferred
  • Knowledge of  SAG and IA pay practices preferred (notably 839 and 700)
  • Skydance is a diversified media company founded by David Ellison in 2010 to create high quality, event-level entertainment for global audiences. The Company brings to life stories of immersive worlds across its feature film, television, interactive, and animation divisions.
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