FILM AND TELEVISION

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

Whether in front or behind the camera, above or below the line, or an executive in the Boardroom, we support the endeavours of our clients, helping them realise their potential from a financial and business perspective.

 

Our talent clients are able to benefit from proactive full-service business management, akin to having a personal finance director, in which we work with agents, managers and lawyers to ensure that deals are structured efficiently from a tax perspective. Our goal is to ensure that our clients are protected and able to best enjoy the fruits of their labour with security over their future. We have long-established working relationships with many of the leading talent agencies and managers in the UK and US, helping to create a seamless environment from which our clients benefit.

In addition to representing talent, we also work with major broadcasters, production companies of all sizes from start-up's to some of the world’s most prominent, post-production houses, movie studios, streaming services and talent representation businesses. Our UK and international clientele can confidently rely upon the best strategic advice and expertise, as well as a network that includes some of the key players within the industry, where we have the ability to make deals happen and can add value at every stage of production and beyond.

 

We provide an extensive array of services including general accounting, taxation and production accounting, through to advising on tax credits for film, high-end television, animation and children’s television, as well as and all aspects of production finance, residuals, valuations and fundraising. We work directly with all of the key financial institutions in the UK that provide lending secured against tax credits and we offer the best in structuring advice for new companies within the industry. We are known for helping clients maximise profits and multiples, and providing long-term strategic advice with a view to a deal. Our corporate finance team has advised on some of the industry’s most notable transactions acting for both buyers and sellers.

 

Our core services include the following;

  • Financial accounting and audit

  • Tax advice and compliance

  • VAT and payroll

  • Mergers and acquisitions

  • Valuations

  • Due diligence

  • Chain of title matters

  • Corporate structuring, EIS and SEIS

  • Raising production finance

  • Auditor’s and accountant’s reports to lenders

  • Film, high-end television, animation and children’s television tax credit applications

  • Royalty and distribution audits

  • Residual accounting

  • Business management

  • UK and international withholding tax

  • Staff incentive schemes

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