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Software and training newsletter, July 2011

Dear Subscriber,

In this issue of the Sargent-Disc newsletter, we bring you top tips for budgeting and scheduling and news of how to access essential information about international tax incentives from Entertainment Partners. We also bring you the latest Movie Magic updates, some important information for anyone using Mac OS X Lion, and news of upcoming training and eligibility for bursaries.

Important notice for Mac users upgrading to OS X Lion


On July 20, 2011, Apple released Mac OS X Lion (10.7). Movie Magic has now released an update to Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling that is compatible with the new Mac OS.

To ensure a smooth transition, your Movie Magic license(s) will need to be deactivated before upgrading to Mac OS X Lion (10.7). Once the new OS is installed, the new installer will need to be downloaded from the Movie Magic website.

Once the new update has been downloaded and installed the new update, the license may be reactivated. Movie Magic licenses left active while upgrading to the new OS will cause the Movie Magic license to work improperly and the software will not be usable. This update allows Movie Magic to move their programs to Java 1.6, making MMS 5 and MMB 7 compatible with OS 10.6 and above.

A video walkthrough of the above steps is available on the BroadcastEP YouTube Channel.


Budgeting for international production incentives


To help you budget more effectively, up to date information about international jurisdictions and how they compare has been compiled by Entertainment Partners. Following Sargent-Disc's recent event, Thinking Big: Transatlantic Tax Incentives, jointly hosted with BAFTA, we have a limited number of free copies of EP's 'Essential Guide to US and International Production Incentives' booklet to give away. Contact us to get your copy

Movie Magic Budgeting 7 provides a powerful tool to track production incentives called "Applied Credits". A video walkthrough of how to use Applied Credits is also available on the BroadcastEP YouTube Channel.

Sargent-Disc's top tips for budgeting and scheduling


With years of collaborative experience of budgeting and scheduling that exists within the Sargent-Disc team, we have come up with some top tips for budgeting and scheduling which should help you when you are putting together your budget and schedule.

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Skillset bursaries available for Sargent-Disc training


Production Guild training

Some great news for anyone planning on attending one of Sargent-Disc's courses as you could be eligible for Skillset funding. Under the Skillset Management and Leadership support programme, eligible freelancers can receive up to 80% of their training costs and eligible permanently employed applicants up to 50%.

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Upcoming Sargent-Disc training:

Sargent-Disc offers a range of training courses on EP software tailored to your requirements from our offices in Pinewood Studios. Email to book your place on a date that fits your schedule.

Introduction to Vista Accounting

Location: Pinewood Studios
Date: 9 September, 2011
Time: 10:00
Fees: n/a

Advanced Movie Magic Scheduling

Location: Pinewood Studios
Date: 16 September, 2011
Time: 10:00
Fees: £150 (exc VAT)

Advanced Movie Magic Budgeting

Location: Pinewood Studios
Date: 16 September, 2011
Time: 14:00
Fees: £150 (exc VAT)

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The new Assistant Directors Training Scheme (ADTS) is now open for applications. This 10 day training scheme is designed to enable participants to gain the necessary skills and knowledge in the most effective way to either make the move from 3rd Assistant Director to 2nd Assistant Director as smooth a transition as possible or further their experiences as a newly established 2nd Assistant Director.

The course will be held at Pinewood Studios from 12th – 23rd September, 2011. Twelve applicants will be selected by a panel of leading Assistant Directors. Application Deadline is Friday 19th August 2011.

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Alison Small
Business Development Manager

Congratulations to Alison Small, Business Development Manager at Sargent-Disc for also becoming Director of the Skillset Craft and Technical Skills Academy.

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Sargent-Disc provides remote and telephone support in Europe for Entertainment Partners' 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.

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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, 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 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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