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MSG Sphere Studio

Burbank, California - United States
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VP Production Finance


Who are we hiring?
VP Production Finance will be in charge of Production Finance providing financial oversight throughout the life-cycle of production, from Development through Post Production. Knowledgeable about all aspects of complex multinational Productions with hands-on experience with a variety of Feature Film production (both foreign and domestic). Supervise budgeting and cost reporting during pre-production, production and post-production phases. Serve as point of contact between studio and productions, working directly with physical production, business affairs and legal teams. Responsible for hiring freelance accounting staff and management of accounting teams in the field, managing production incentives, film subsidy collections (applications, audits, receipt tracking) and compliance, and familiar with and accustomed to working in an environment with high levels of confidentiality, plus be able to provide quick and accurate analysis.

What will you do?

  • Serve as the main point of contact for the financial operation of multiple original productions
  • Establish Studio Chart of Accounts for both GL and Cost Accounts.
  • Establish production finance policy & procedure, including a production finance manual and manage compliance for this policy
  • Oversee preparation of initial budget drafts and cost summaries for projects,
  • Supervise budgeting and cost reporting during pre-production, production and post-production phases.
  • Assist with cash planning, currency, tax and banking requirements to support productions.
  • Source and hire location production accounting teams for projects.
  • Work with show Accountants to drive accurate, complete, and timely cost reporting
  • Review work in progress / final budgets, and Cost Report EFC's for accuracy, providing coverage of concerns to the Production & Finance Executives. Provide insight into potential areas of risk and opportunity.
  • Manage the production cashflow / funding processes from beginning to end.
  • Reconcile all funding and Production Incentives between production and corporate Research, apply, monitor, collect and ensure compliance of film subsidies worldwide for assigned productions.
  • Manage audits in conjunction with production & legal
  • Provide support on special projects, as required

What do you need to succeed?
  • BS in finance or accounting preferred
  • 10+ years of studio finance experience in production finance roles
  • Experience with international productions and knowledge of tax incentive programs.
  • Advanced knowledge of various production accounting software: Movie Magic Budgeting, Scenechronize, EP Smart Accounting, Vista, PSL, MediaWeb, and Greenslate.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced production environment, as well as within a broader corporate matrix environment.
  • Ability to work independently and cross-functionally
  • Advanced Excel skills
  • Superior communication skills and exceptional attention to detail in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to travel on location or to corporate offices

The Company requires that all individuals, subject to certain limited exceptions, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  The Company will consider requests for reasonable accommodations regarding this requirement.

Why is MSG for me?
With MSG Sphere, we are creating an entirely new medium that will deliver immersive entertainment experiences at an unparalleled scale. Beyond a venue, Sphere is a multi-sensory platform with experiential technology programming directly to your senses. You will see in ways never imagined, hear with every fiber of your being, and experience like never before. To deliver on this promise, we are building the largest immersive venue in the world, MSG Sphere at The Venetian in Las Vegas, with a second Sphere venue planned for London, pending necessary approvals. In addition to building a breakthrough venue, we’re building a production studio team, a technology venture team, and a full commercial organization to make the MSG Sphere a world class brand and business for our fans, our artists, and our partners. We have offices and roles in Burbank CA, Las Vegas NV, New York, NY and London.

We focus on Career Development and Invest in YOU
Candidates who have completed 60 credits of college-level coursework (representing 2 years), or have shown similar self-development through certifications, trade school coursework, etc. are preferred.

We value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds
At MSG we value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health choices, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations. #LI-AD1

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