PGGB/Netflix hunt new accounting intake
The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) and Netflix are seeking eight new recruits for the latest intake of the Netflix Assistant Production Accountant Training Scheme (NAPATS).
Run by PGGB, the NAPATS scheme offers individuals with good accounting experience and a passion for film and TV the rare opportunity to access four weeks of intensive training in assistant production accounting, taught by industry professionals.
Successful trainees are then trained full time on Netflix productions over a 12-month period, supporting the work of production accountants and assistant accountants, with the chance to continue working for Netflix as a freelancer in the production accounts department afterwards.
Since NAPATS launched in 2018, a total of 22 individuals have undergone the training programme.
37-year-old Louise Black from Slough was part of the first NAPATS cohort and completed her training and placement in 2018/19. Today she works in Accounts for Netflix’s production finance department, specialising in ‘Prep/Wrap’, taking care of Netflix shows in their earliest stages of preparation and again when post-production is completed.
Black (pictured left) said: “Before I joined the NAPATS scheme I’d worked in several small creative businesses doing bookkeeping as part of wider office and studio management roles. I’d always wanted to work in the film and TV industry and had been trying out a few different avenues into the industry for a year or so, imagining I'd start as a production assistant and work my way up through the production management side.
“I had no idea that I could use my accounting experience to be part of a TV crew, until I read about NAPATS…”
“… The training is really great for arming you with the basics of production as well as background information about the whole process of making films and TV shows. It's a complex industry with plenty of quirks and jargon, so there's a lot to cover! I still use what I learned in the first couple of weeks of training. Perhaps the most important part is learning where to look and who to ask when something unfamiliar comes up, or when there's a change in the law.”
Since completing her NAPATS placement, Louise has worked on Netflix shows such as comedy series Turn Up Charlie starring Idris Elba pictured) and fantasy adventure Cursed starring Katherine Langford, Gustaf Skarsgard and Peter Mullan.
Applicants are required to have academic or vocational qualifications in accounting but will also be considered if they have an equivalent level of experience working in cashier, bookkeeper or similar junior financial administration roles.
The Netflix Assistant Production Accountant Training scheme is now open for applications. For more information click here. Closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 22nd February 2021.
Turn Up Charlie photo via Nick Wall/Netflix.
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