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Software and Training Newsletter, June 2014

Sargent-Disc & EP Financial Services at Cannes 2013

Dear Subscriber,

In this edition of our Software & Training newsletter we bring you the highlights from
Sargent-Disc and EP Financial Solutionsí involvement at the Cannes Film Festival. We also announce the exciting return of the Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakersí Market which will be held in London on 5th July.

Also, read on for a detailed look at Vista Accounting software as well as our latest case study on Sargent-Discís international Movie Magic training for U-Film in Malta. We have an update on our Movie Magic Academic Partnerships Programme: we hear from Kirsty Barham, one of our Production Management scholars at the National Film & Television School. Finally, we update you on our software, services and future training opportunities.

Vista Accounting - Movie Magic Budget Import


Vista Accounting software is specifically designed for cost accounting in the entertainment industry. Whatever your production budget, Classic Vista and Global Vista offer the precision and flexibility you need for maximum cost efficiency. Both systems are multi-user and multi-tasking and interface seamlessly with Movie Magic Budgeting and Sargent-Disc payroll.

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Cannes Film Festival 2014


Sargent-Disc and EP Financial Solutions returned to the Cannes Film Festival for the third year. We were proud to sponsor the UK Film Centre and were involved in a number of events.

New Improved UK Tax Relief Seminar at the UK Film Centre
The panel was chaired by John Hadity (Executive Vice President, EP Financial Solutions) and comprised of Anna Mansi and Isabel Davis from the BFI, producer Andy Paterson (The Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Railway Man) and Moses Nyachae (Saffery Champness). The discussion focussed around clarification on the UK tax relief changes, the benefits of the enhanced tax relief with regard to creativity and co-production and the process involved in qualifying for UK tax relief.

Winston Baker’s International TV & Film Finance Forum
Joe Chianese participated in the "Risky Business: Strategies to Increase the Upside" panel which discussed updates regarding risk management as it relates to co-production, incentives, pre-sales, alternative financing, and monetising IP. EP Financial Solutions is a proud sponsor of the Winston Baker Film Finance Forum series.

Variety 411 Webinar: "The Global Community: A Focus on Production Incentives and Film Financing
Joe Chianese co-moderated a live webinar presented from the UK Film Centre at Cannes. The webinar looked at how to maximize your production budget when shooting globally. Panelists included: Hawk Koch – President, Producers Guild of America, Martin Cuff – Film & Media Sector Development Specialist, South Africa, Samantha Perahia – Senior Production Executive, British Film Commission, and Robert Wong – VP and Acting Film Commissioner, Creative BC

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Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakers’ Market



The Sargent-Disc BAFTA Filmmakers' Market returns on Saturday 5th July at BAFTA Headquarters in London. The annual networking and skills development event for first-time feature filmmakers promises a packed day of masterclasses, screenings and advice sessions to help filmmakers improve creative and business skills as they move towards making their first feature and progress in the industry.

The day will include the session 'Budgeting and Scheduling your Film' presented by The Production Guild of Great Britain. For a complimentary ticket to this session please email Tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

You could WIN a Gold Pass! Not available to purchase, a Gold Pass gives you unlimited access to the full schedule of events.

To enter please email with your name, contact details (including film school or current occupation) and a short sentence on why you would like to attend the day.

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Movie Magic Training: A Case Study


In March 2014, Sargent-Disc travelled to Malta where they delivered a bespoke four day training programme in Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting for Production Managers, Production Assistants and Accountants from the U-Film Production Company.

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Sargent-Disc Training

Sargent-Disc offers a range of training courses on EP software tailored to your requirements from our offices at Pinewood Studios. Skillset bursaries are available for eligible freelancers and permanently employed applicants.

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Introduction to Vista Accounting
Location: Pinewood Studios
Date: 16 July, 2014
Time: 10:00
Fees: n/a

Introduction to Movie Magic Scheduling

Location: Pinewood Studios
Date: 26 June & 23 July, 2014
Time: 10:00
Fees: £199 (exc VAT)

Introduction to Movie Magic Budgeting

Location: Pinewood Studios
Date: 26 June & 23 July, 2014
Time: 14:30
Fees: £199 (exc VAT)

Email to book your place on a date that fits your schedule.

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Movie Magic Academic Partnership: National Film & Television School



Sargent-Disc is delighted to sponsor two scholarships for students taking the Production Management for Film course at the National Film and Television School (NFTS). We hear from Kirsty Barham, recipient of the Sargent-Disc scholarship, who tells us about her experiences on the course.

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How to get the software


SD Online: A Multi-platform solution


Our reseller network

Choose from a list of resellers throughout Europe

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Featured Reseller

Since 1999, Moviesoft has developed a vast expertise in screenwriting and film production software and built a strong and vital business relationship with Entertainment Partners &
Sargent-Disc. Moviesoft counts more than 8,000 customers in Europe.

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The SD Online 2.0 multi-platform application is available to download for Android, iPhone and iPad devices. The latest version includes UK Pay scales to help our payroll clients when budgeting for the UK.

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Software support

Sargent-Disc provides remote and telephone support in Europe for Entertainment Partnersí software. Using remote support software our dedicated team can bring their know-how directly to your desktop in real time from our offices in the United Kingdom.

If you need assistance email
or call +44 (0)1753 630300.


20 years at Sargent-Disc: Congratulations Collette!

John Sargent

Congratulations to Collette who celebrated 20 years with Sargent-Disc in May. Collette has been a key member of our Payroll Department and we would like to thank Collette for all of her hard work over the years.


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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 and Vista Accounting across Europe.

Sargent-Disc's online portal, SD Online, is used throughout the entertainment industry on productions ranging from low budget documentaries and commercials to major Hollywood blockbusters. From feasibility study through to post production accounting and residual payments, Sargent-Disc is committed to offering service excellence at every stage of the production process.


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

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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.

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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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