Job Title:  Director, Production Finance

Department:  Finance & Accounting

Santa Monica, CA, US, 90404

Summary of Position

The Director, Production Finance is responsible for assisting the VP, Production Finance in the day to day operations of the Lionsgate TV Finance slate and the Studios’ finance department, utilizing their deep understanding of production accounting, including the television process and life cycle. 


The ideal candidate will have hands on experience with a variety of Scripted TV productions (both foreign and domestic), managing production incentives, studio reporting, and accounting teams in the field. The Director, Production Finance must also be familiar with and accustomed to working in environments with high levels of confidentiality, and be able to provide quick and accurate analysis for a variety of complex and evolving production challenges. 


  • Works with VP, Production Finance to source and hire location production accounting teams for projects 
  • Anticipates production finance set up needs and works integrally with various studio departments (tax, legal, labor relations, etc.) to implement systems and workflow in international and domestic jurisdictions
  • Works with Studio Production Executives to review initial budget drafts for consistency and validation of cost summaries for projects
  • Reviews work in progress / final budgets, and Cost Report EFC’s for accuracy, providing coverage of concerns to the VP, Production Finance and Studio Production Executives 
  • Oversees preparation of production incentive filings for all entities and regions
  • Continually evaluates policy and procedure based on necessary compliance, audit review, and periodic changes in the location environment(s) – inclusive of tax, payroll and banking considerations
  • Manages multiple production accounting teams through everyday challenges of production across multiple projects
  • Oversees 3rd party compliance/field audits and AUP for domestic series 
  • Manages the production funding and cash flow processes on projects from end to end 
  • Reconciles all funding and Production Incentives between production and corporate
  • Reviews development/corporate activity and liaises with project accountants; submits to productions for inclusion in cost 
  • Provides support to VP, Production Finance on special projects, as required

Qualifications & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of management-level experience in Television production accounting or studio production finance is required
  • In depth understanding of film and television industry accounting and finance practices
  • Knowledge and experience with union/guild agreements
  • Knowledge of state and international tax incentive laws and credits

About the Company

Combining the STARZ premium global subscription platform with world-class motion picture and television studio operations, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) brings a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world. Its film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and the largest collection of film and television franchises in the independent media space. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for the audiences it serves worldwide. 

Business Unit Overview

Lionsgate Television
Lionsgate Television is one of the foremost third-party suppliers of premium scripted series to streaming, broadcast and cable platforms alike while also serving as a prolific supplier of premium content to Starz. Drawing upon its production partnerships with many of the top content creators, it supplies dozens of scripted series to more than 20 different network partners. With a reputation for creating “brand-defining” shows for a diverse range of platforms, Lionsgate Television has produced and distributed the iconic long-running series Mad Men, one of the most acclaimed shows in television history, the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, Nashville, Dear White People and many others while continuing to develop strong slates of acclaimed new series. Lionsgate also operates a robust in-house unscripted television business partnering with a diverse array of linear and streaming platforms. Lionsgate television series have garnered 238 Emmy® nominations, 38 Emmys®, 66 Golden Globe® nominations and nine Golden Globe® wins.
The Lionsgate Television Group collaborates closely with the Company’s other television businesses, including Debmar-Mercury, a leading producer and syndicator of evergreen game and talk shows, Pilgrim Media, one of the top producers of unscripted series, and 3 Arts Entertainment, a leading talent management and production company that has become a major television production partner and a source of top talent for all of the Company’s businesses. The Lionsgate Worldwide Television Distribution Group licenses the Company’s feature film and television slates, 17,000-title film and television library, one of the largest in the world, and Starz’s original programming slate to nearly every major OTT and linear platform through a global network of deep customer relationships.  

Our Benefits

  • Full Coverage – Medical, Vision, and Dental
  • Work/Life Balance – generous sick days, vacation days, holidays, and Impact Day
  • 401(k) company matching
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to graduate degree)

EEO Statement

Lionsgate is an equal employment opportunity employer. All employees and applicants are evaluated on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws. In addition, Lionsgate will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Lionsgate will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and federal law.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles