Production Accountant


Firelight Films was born almost two decades ago to address the deficit of films made by and about diverse communities, particularly people of color. Founded and led by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Stanley Nelson and award-winning writer and philanthropy executive Marcia Smith in Harlem, NY, the organization has gone on to produce primetime programming for public television, receive every major broadcast award, and has had several theatrical releases.

Firelight Films productions have garnered multiple Primetime Emmy, Peabody, IDA, and Sundance awards. Among them, the Academy Award®-nominated Attica, for Showtime; After Jackie and Tulsa Burning: The 1921 Race Massacre for the History Channel; Crack: Cocaine, Corruption & Conspiracy for Netflix; and Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and Freedom Riders, all for PBS. Upcoming Firelight Films productions include Becoming Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom for Maryland Public Television/PBS and Creating the New World: The Transatlantic Slave Trade, a four-part documentary series for PBS.

Job Summary:

Firelight Films is looking for a Production Accountant to join our small but dynamic team. Reporting directly to the Director of Finance & Operations, this role will act as the key liaison between production and finance. Your primary goal will be to will ensure a smooth process in the management of the projects’ accounting and staffing during development, pre-production, production, and post-production

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Supporting payroll and HR functions
  • Ability to research & resolve account discrepancies
  • Processing vendor invoices and payments, while also generating and submitting billing invoices
  • Perform monthly bank reconciliations for all project accounts
  • Post and process journal entries to ensure all business transactions are recorded
  • Review and verify invoices and check requests
  • Ensuring bills are paid timely and in the correct amount
  • Process weekly and monthly financial reports across projects 
  • Reconciling credit card transactions and allocating expenses in accounting software
  • Assisting with insurance requests and certificates
  • Preparing 1099s and making quarterly and annual tax filings and payments
  • Cross-checking production and overhead expenditures in budget tracking spreadsheets


  • 3+ years of experience in a production accountant role 
  • Proven experience in a fast-paced environment with multiple departments to coordinate and liaise across
  • Solid verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to excel in situations that require juggling multiple projects and deadlines
  • Understanding of accounting rules and regulations
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, and Google while being extremely computer savvy
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Superior attention to detail, with an ability to spot numerical errors
  • High energy, positive vibes, and a great attitude are key


We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Details:

20+ hours per week


Remote or hybrid optional in New York, NY

To Apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Please be sure to put “Production Accountant” in the subject line.

Firelight Media is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation.


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