History of the Best Practice Guide

In 2011 a Best Practice Forum was established to create a network of production, finance and industry professionals, who share knowledge and experience, to promote best practice across the film and tv industry.

The Forum had representatives from the following: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, Tiger Aspect, Kudos, Darlow Smithson, The Production Guild, TPH Global Ltd and Freelance Production Accountants.

The initial aim of the Forum was to produce a set of best practice documentation to be shared across the industry.
The website was launched in February 2014 and contains the best practice guide to production accounting.

Who is this Guide aimed at?

The guide is endorsed by some of the main broadcasters and production companies in the UK. It is a central reference point for best practice in production accounting.

  • This guide is aimed at established and new professionals working in film and TV
  • Production Accountants
  • Assistant Production Accountants
  • Line Producers
  • Producers
  • Heads of Production
  • Production Companies

How to use this Guide

The guide is split into sections representing the workload and responsibilities of a production accounting team. It is intended that each section can be used in isolation, with references to other sections where applicable.

The document is for guidance purposes only and does not necessarily cover every area of knowledge or experience required to be a Production Accountant.

Any person relying on information within the guide should seek independent verification that the information in the guide is up to date and accurate…

Find out more here.