Advanced Level Accounting for Film & Television

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John Thomas and Kristy Clabaugh

Webinar hosted by: John Thomas and Kristy Clabaugh

CPAs at Element CPAs

John Thomas and Kristy Clabaugh, Atlanta CPAs specialize in providing services to the film & entertainment industries both abroad and in the US. Their firm, located in metro Atlanta, provides consulting, accounting, tax and audit services helping production companies navigate the reporting requirements of International and local film tax incentives. They assist clients in all stages of project implementation from investor relations, entity structuring, waterfall projections, budgeting, pre-production and development, production accounting to post-production. John and Kristy excel in assisting clients with planning to ensure they get the most benefit from the film tax credits available. Their clients include those who produce feature films to acclaimed unscripted TV series and all in between. John and Kristy often participate as expert panelists at film festivals and other industry events. Website: www.elementcpas.com   Twitter: @filmcreditz and @FilmDebits and @ElementCpas Instagram: @Kclabaugh01 and @Elementcpas Facebook: Element Accountants and Consultants Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Throughout every phase of making a film or series, it’s vital to have a vision, but it’s paramount to make sure your books are in order make sure that you are running your project as a business and making money back for your investors. Losing either of these aspects will spell disaster for your project. Vision likely comes more easily to creatives—it’s why you set out on this venture in the first place—but if it’s not accompanied by strong financial records and a wherewithal of what to do, both to spend money and to earn it, you’re going to find yourself in a heap of trouble that no amount of vision can get you out of.

In the previous webinar in this series, Introduction to Film & Television Accounting, we discussed the things you need to know in order to responsibly get your project off the ground, including navigating tax incentives, finding and approaching investors, and working with loan-out companies. However your dealings with accounting don’t end here; they continue well through production. You might have wrapped your film, but there are still some serious i’s to dot and t’s to cross. How do you report your earnings and your spending? How do you handle payroll in accordance with the different guilds and unions? How do you prepare your taxes and how do you make sure you actually get those credits and incentives you’re owed? There’s no time to sit on your laurels. It’s more vital now than ever to ensure that your accounting is, well, accounted for.

John Thomas and Kristy Clabaugh are Atlanta-based CPAs that specialize in providing services to the film & entertainment industries both abroad and in the US. Kristy also serves on the executive board of directors as Treasurer for both the Georgia Production Partnership and Women in Film & Television Atlanta. Together they have worked on hundreds of film and television projects assisting clients in all stages of project implementation from investor relations, entity structuring, waterfall projections, budgeting, pre-production and development, production accounting to post-production.

John and Kristy will continue on from their first accounting webinar to share with you more advanced but equally vital aspects of handling the accounting on your film project. They’ll go over financial reporting requirements for any project, specifically your balance sheet and your income statement and teach you how to reflect your project as an asset, how to report investor obligations, both as loan payable and equity interest, and when and where the revenue hits. Next they’ll delve into the importance of quality production accounting and go over the guild and union rules you need to know while doing payroll. John and Kristy will walk you through cost reports and how they compare with the budget. Then they’ll teach you the nuts and bolts of tax preparation, which includes both federal filings like elections and K1s, and state filings, like resident/non-resident filings tax incentive and credit declarations.

 

Praise for John and Kristy’s Webinar

Both presenters really knew their stuff and presented it with clarity.

-Clint A.

 

This advanced class was so helpful. John and Kristy got into the nuts and bolts of accounting in a serious way and gave me a lot more confidence in being able to handle accounting on my own project”

-Cassie G.

 

Really thorough but also easy to understand

-Gerry T.

 

John and Kristy are the best!

-Rodolfo B.

What You'll Learn

  • Financial Reporting Requirements
    • Your Balance Sheet
      • How to reflect your project as an asset
        • And should it even be an asset?
      • How to report investor obligations
        • Understanding the difference between loan payable and equity interest
      • Depreciable assets
    • Your Income Statement
    • When and where does the revenue hit?
  • Production Accounting
    • The importance of quality production accounting
    • Understanding guild and union rules in payroll
    • Timely cost reports aka daily hot sheets and how they compare with budgets
    • Segregating qualified expenditures for purposes of tax incentive reporting
      • Certification and pre-certification letters
      • Qualified expenditures
      • Comfort letter issuance and requirements
    •  
  • Tax Preparation
    • Federal Filings
      • Elections
      • K1s
    • State(s) Filings
      • Resident/Non-resident filings
      • Incentive and Credit Reporting
    • 1099s
  • Q&A with John & Kristy

About Your Instructor

John Thomas and Kristy Clabaugh, Atlanta CPAs specialize in providing services to the film & entertainment industries both abroad and in the US. Their firm, located in metro Atlanta, provides consulting, accounting, tax and audit services helping production companies navigate the reporting requirements of International and local film tax incentives. They assist clients in all stages of project implementation from investor relations, entity structuring, waterfall projections, budgeting, pre-production and development, production accounting to post-production. John and Kristy excel in assisting clients with planning to ensure they get the most benefit from the film tax credits available. Their clients include those who produce feature films to acclaimed unscripted TV series and all in between. John and Kristy often participate as expert panelists at film festivals and other industry events.

Website: www.elementcpas.com

 

Twitter: @filmcreditz and @FilmDebits and @ElementCpas

Instagram: @Kclabaugh01 and @Elementcpas

Facebook: Element Accountants and Consultants

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