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. Full Bio »
Kristy Clabaugh, CPA and John Thomas, CPA present a webinar designed to teach the basic concepts of film and television accounting to Producers, Investors, Line Producers, Production Managers & Coordinators, and anyone else involved in accounting for film and television projects. In this exclusive webinar we’ll go over the basics of entity selection and creation, pre-production and development stage considerations, budgeting & production accounting, wrap accounting, and finally, post-production reporting and tax considerations.
Together, John and Kristy have serviced hundreds of clients in the industry - there isn't much they haven't seen, so bring your questions! John carries a Master of Accountancy and a Master of Business Administration and has more than 15 years experience navigating his clients through the complexity of the film tax credit audit process and advising on the project set up from development, pre, and post. Kristy serves on the executive board of directors as Treasurer for both the Georgia Production Partnership and Women in Film & Television Atlanta.
Some of the topics you can expect will be covered in this webinar include:
We will make you aware of the major considerations you should give to these topics so that you can avoid many of the mistakes that can cause productions so much heartburn. Obviously, this webinar does not replace the amazing talents of an appropriate accounting and legal team. Please consult your own advisors to ensure you are following the rules and navigating the complex world of tax and regulations which govern the industry. We do, however, hope that this will help you avoid many common mistakes that film and televisions make!
John Thomas and Kristy Clabaugh
Q: What is the format of a webinar?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Webinars are typically 90-minute broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.
Q: Do I have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.
Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the webinar software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
If you have Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): The webinar software does not support these operating systems. If you are running one of those operating systems, please upgrade now in order to be able to view a live webinar. Upgrade your Windows computer / Upgrade your Mac computer
Q: What if I cannot attend the live webinar?
A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.
Q: Will I have access to the webinar afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!
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Hello, Creative Army. It's been a busy few months around the Stage 32 offices and for yours truly as it relates to my personal projects. I'm excited to share with you what I'm hearing, what I've learned, and what I've experienced since we last got together. As always, my AMA's are always free! Watch as many times as you'd like. Cheers! RB