Introduction to Production Accounting - unscripted TV

Financial controller Lucy Drake will demystify production accounting, explaining the roles and responsibilities of a production accountant and how to work effectively with them.

Lucy will also highlight the importance of cost reports, balance sheets, trial balances, and reconciliations. As well as audit preparations and consequences.

Who it's for

This is an invaluable session for producers and production crew wanting to gain a greater understanding of production accounting.

It is also relevant for assistant accountants wanting to gain a greater understanding of the head of department role.

Please note the focus of this session will be on unscripted TV genres


Lucy Drake is a freelance financial controller, with over 20 years experience, who also provides consultancy, training and coaching in the film and TV industry. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant who started working as a Drama production accountant in the BBC, where she progressed to Senior Production Accountant. Lucy has worked in the UK and Worldwide. 

Lucy is a founding committee member of the Production Accounting Forum and co-authored their Best Practice Guide to Production Accounting website. She also develops and runs training programmes for various organisations including NFTS, The Production Guild, BBC, Moneypenny and various Universities.

Production credits include:
Silent Witness S24 – Financial Controller
Our Girl S4 – Financial Controller and Line Producer
Formula 1 : Drive to Survive – Season 1
Minamata – Financial Controller
Intrigo: Death of an Author -Financial Controller
Wheeler Dealers

This session is supported by the ScreenSkills Unscripted TV Skills Fund which invests in training for the unscripted workforce thanks to contributions from broadcasters, SVoDs and production companies.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact  so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.



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