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Payroll and Accounting Newsletter, September 2012

Welcome to the September 2012 edition of the Sargent-Disc Payroll & Accounting Newsletter. This month we:

  • bring you details of new and creative international film financing opportunities highlighted by our panels at the States of Independents BAFTA seminar, and the Creative International Film Financing seminar  held at the Cannes Film Festival.
  • present an overview of the Cannes Festival and Marché drawn from our first hand 2012 experience
  • are delighted to announce the next edition of the SD Online iPhone®  App, now incorporating industry pay scales

Last but by no means least -  four months into our participation -  we have an update on Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Real Time Information (RTI) pilot. RTI will replace current Pay As you Earn processes in the UK by April 2013. Enjoy!

Production Finance Opportunities for UK films in the US

Inspired by the launch of Entertainment Partners new division EP Financial Solutions, Sargent-Disc worked with BAFTA to develop the seminar States of Independents. The high-calibre panel discussed changes to the US production finance and distribution landscape and how these offer increased prospects for UK films. Listen to the panels advice on the event podcast

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The 65th Cannes Film Festival

The 65th Cannes Film Festival kicked off with Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. Britain's Ken Loach - no stranger to Cannes and its glittering prizes -  won the 2012 Jury Prize for Angel's Share. Sargent-Disc congratulate Ken and the Sixteen Films team. For more on the history of Cannes , this years event and our support for a wide range industry initiatives at the event read this article.

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Creative Strategies for International Film Financing

Working with the UK Film Centre, Sargent-Disc helped produce the Creative Strategies for International Film Financing seminar at the Cannes Film Festival. It explored ways in which creative producers combine different types of production finance to successfully produce independent films in the current climate. Don't miss out - watch the event webcast.

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SD Online iPhone® App now with Payscales
Real Time Information Consultation and Update

In April 2013 HMRC is updating the current PAYE system with their Real Time Information (RTI) programme. Sargent-Disc is two thirds of the way through the HMRC pilot. Find out more about RTI and have your say on the HMRC RTI consultation.


The second edition of the SD Online iPhone®  App incorporating  industry payscales has now been launched. The App provides access to a full range of payroll information and reports wherever clients and their employees are - on set, location, in the edit suite, office or the comfort of their own home.

Upcoming Courses
Thank You Kirstie!

Kirstie White has been with Sargent-Disc for six years and is a key member of the Production Accounting team. Here are a few things you may not know about Kirstie!

Favourite Films: PS I Love You to pull on the heart strings and Luc Besson's high velocity Taken to keep you on the edge of your seat!

Enjoys: Spinning, Boxing and partying with friends

Holidays: Loves to visit her family in Portugal - the best part being sunshine & lazy days on the beach!

Unknown Fact: Has a serious phobia of clowns! Actually not so unusual - recent research has shown 1 in 7 adults have varying degrees of Coulrophobia.

Star Sign: Aquarius


Our  Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling courses are approved by Creative Skillset .

Eligibile applicants can access up to 80% of course costs from their Management and Leadership Bursary scheme.

Introduction to Vista Accounting

12 September  (1/2 day – 10am)
15 October  (1/2 day – 10am)

Introduction to Movie Magic Scheduling

24 September  (1/2 day - 10am)
19 October  (1/2 day - 10am)

Introduction to Movie Magic Budgeting

24 September  (1/2day - 2pm)
19 October  (1/2 day – 2pm)

About Sargent-Disc

Founded in 1986, Sargent-Disc provides a full range of payroll, accounting and software services tailored to the needs of your production. As an Entertainment Partners affiliate, Sargent-Disc distributes EP software, such as movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling, EP Vista Accounting and Vismax across Europe.

Sargent-Disc's online payroll, SD Online, is used throughout the entertainment industry on productions ranging from from low budget documentaries and commercials, through to major Hollywood blockbusters.


During development, in production or in post, Sargent-Disc delivers a wealth of production accounting experience and industry know-how

Find out more about our Accounting services

With Sargent-Disc operating your payroll you will be able to divert valuable resources back to your core business, control costs and gain access to our knowledge base and expertise.

Find out more about our Payroll services

Sargent-Disc offers a range of training options on industry standard production software including Movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling and Vista Accounting.

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Sargent-Disc distributes Entertainment Partners' software throughout Europe, including Movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling and Vista Accounting.

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