All sessions in this workshop will be led by Linda Stregger, CPA, CMA. (Senior Director, Finance, Entertainment at Spin Master)
Linda Stregger is a Toronto-based Media Production Consultant. She specializes within the media and communication industries assisting domestic and international clients with their pursuit of funding and producing in the Canadian market.
Linda has more than 25 years’ experience in the television industry including working with PricewaterhouseCoopers in their media tax division; Domestic Broadcasters in live sports, animation productions and live action series; Cable channels during their start up years; and managing a successful production company. Linda was the co-owner of Up Front Entertainment Inc. where she combined her accounting training with a keen eye for story and imaginative production style to lead teams that delivered the highest quality programs. Up Front produced more than 27 documentaries and 20 series for domestic and international broadcasters.
Linda is also a Canadian Screen Award nominee, recipient of several international festival awards and the proud winner of a Gemini. She is a guest instructor at Humber College’s TV Arts & Media program in Toronto and serves as Treasurer for not-for-profit organizations: Horizons for Youth Shelter, the Visual Arts Mississauga at Riverwood. Linda sits on the boards of WIFT-T and the Foundation for WIFT-T, and mentors emerging professionals through WIFT Connect.
Day 1: Business and Structure
This day will begin with a review of the business structures typically found in the screen-based industry, with a concentration on the structure and workflow of the Accounting Department. Using a real life document as the basis for the workshop’s Case Study, elements of the budget, stages of production and cost reporting will be the focus of the day through discussion and exercises.
Day 2: Funding and Tax Credits
Using the case study built in Day 1, this day will dig deeper into the various types of funding involved in production. Topics for a fuller discussion include: which genres are eligible for various forms of funding, key elements of the Ontario and Federal Tax Credits, completing Ontario and Federal tax credit calculations, and navigating a completing the Ontario and Federal Labour Schedules.
Day 3: Production Package and Financing
This day brings all the elements learned in the previous two days together into a final production package. By the end of the program participants will be able to: complete a cash flow for a production. Develop a final production package for audit. Understand the financial statement treatment of a final production and be able to complete a CAVCO application.