NBC Universal Controller, International TV Production (Mat Cover) in London, United Kingdom

Job Number 33955BR

Job Title Controller, International TV Production (Mat Cover)

Business Segment International

Sub-Business International Studios

Posting Category Finance

About Us NBC Universal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. NBCUniversal International Studios delivers award-winning international television to millions across the globe. Based in London, NBCUniversal International Studios’ in-house production labels include: Carnival Films, Monkey, Chocolate Media, Lucky Giant and Australian-based Matchbox Pictures. Additionally, NBCUniversal International Studios operates a joint production venture with Working Title Television and Heyday Television, owns an equity stake in LARK Productions in Canada (Motive) and has a first look deal with Hardy Son & Baker and 87 Films. It also operates a prolific global formats business, which licenses and produces content in over 70 territories worldwide.

Career Level Experienced

Country United Kingdom

State/Province - -

City London


To lead and direct the strategy and delivery of the operational accounting & financial reporting, residuals & royalties, and production control functions for the International TV Production group of companies. Partner with the FP&A and Production Finance teams to ensure accurate information is available for decision making



Operational Accounting & Financial Reporting

•Leadership & development of the controllership team consisting of 6 UK staff & an offshore transactional service team, ensuring adequate levels of resource at all times

•Responsibility for all areas of operational finance; tracking TV costs across development, production & distribution cycles; review of ultimate forecasts for revenue, participations & residuals & production costs

•Ownership of transactional accounting for UK entities, ensuring adequate controls exist to provide accurate records & minimise risk

•Partner with the FP&A team providing information to support the budgeting & forecasting cycles & operational reviews. Ensuring there is a clear communication process in place so actuals & forecasts are in alignment

•Ownership of the TV Production group balance sheet, quarterly balance sheet reviews with corporate & communication of any risks or opportunities to the executive team & VP FP&A.

•Support our international operations in Canada & Australia by providing technical & operational guidance & oversight of transactional accounting

•Provide technical guidance & advice on deal structures to FP&A, executive & business & legal affairs teams

•Ensure all corporate reporting obligations are met including quarterly reporting to NBCU/Comcast head office & NBCU International CFO

•Manage the statutory reporting & audit process for UK production companies

•Responsible for all compliance & UK tax matters including income taxes, VAT, WHT, payroll taxes & transfer pricing decisions across the group

•Ownership of all treasury matters including hedging, foreign currency mix, cash balances, payments & collections of cash

•Lead systems implementations & drive process improvements across the group


•Ownership of the overheads budgeting & forecasting process for all group companies, working with production companies & cost centre owners to provide detailed forecast & tracking of spend & identifying areas of risk & opportunity.

•Management of headcount & C&B budget, ensuring that hires & restructuring in year are within budget

•Responsible for all corporate reporting obligations to NBCU HQ & internal reporting to international studios executive team & budget owners

Royalties Accounting

•Dotted line management of the studios royalty team consisting of 3 UK staff

•Responsible for the accurate & timely reporting of residuals & participations to broadcasters, talent & other third parties

•Ensuring all royalty statements are being reported in line with the relevant deals

•Providing ad hoc support to the business & legal affairs team to assist with new deal negotiations

•Managing any 3rd party royalty audits

Production Accounting

•Partner with the production finance team to ensure the accurate reporting of all production costs; updating TV ultimate’s throughout the production cycle to reflect any changes from greenlight

•Provide ad hoc support & troubleshooting to live productions as required

•Provide technical support & guidance to the production controller & assist with any compliance & regulatory issues

•Approve cashflow funding to productions & ensure funding is in line with forecasts, distribution & loan agreements

Skills & Qualifications

•Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA or equivalent) with significant PQE

•An experienced controller & finance leader in an international matrix organization

•Strong communication & interpersonal skills to effectively interact with Senior Management

•Used to working under pressure in a high growth & fast moving environment

•TV production & Media experience preferred

•Strong system skills - SAP experience preferred, strong Excel

•Process & system awareness, including the ability to identify & mitigate control weaknesses

•Foreign currency exposure, UK GAAP & US GAAP experience

•TV residuals & royalties experience

•Flexible & enthusiastic self-starter

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