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Media & Entertainment

Our media and entertainment group understand both sides; they know what it takes to survive in the business called show, and they know how to survive in the world of finance, too. They’re involved with all aspects of the industry in the UK, and can provide extensive overseas support through our Baker Tilly International network. We deal with all aspects of film, television and theatre, advising on issues affecting each generation – from supporting those starting out, to comprehensive business management for those who have achieved success. 

Our extensive expertise covers all aspects of self-employment, limited companies and partnerships. Our clients include actors, writers, comedians, presenters, composers, musicians, and opera singers, as well as producers, directors, choreographers, casting directors, designers and other behind-the-scenes practitioners.

How we support with media accountancy

Business management

Your business is truly unique, and it takes many people to keep you at the top of your game. We work closely with agents and managers, banks, independent financial advisers and mortgage brokers to give an all-round service to all our clients. We establish appropriate record keeping, utilising cloud accounting and apps – such as Xero and Receiptbank. We set up limited companies, run PAYE schemes, deal with all aspects of VAT registration, manage separately-designated client accounts for tax reserves, and much more.

Tax

We can deal with any tax issue. It’s not just about income and corporation tax; you also need to think about your National Insurance Contributions, VAT, inheritance tax and more. 

Not from around here originally? We can advise about residency, deal with the Foreign Entertainers Unit, assist with tax credit applications, establish Enterprise Investment Schemes, help complete Double Tax Treaty forms, obtain Certificates of Coverage (A1/E101) – basically everything you will encounter as your career develops in the UK.

Production houses, theatres and other entertainment companies

We work with and advise theatres, supporting internal accounting and touring production budgets. But there are many ways to support your income in the entertainment industry; we can also assist with applications for Arts Council and local authority funding, help you to maximise tax reliefs including for R&D, look at capital allowance claims, and many other matters. There’s always something new we can look into.

Our group also provides assurance services to theatres, agents and production companies, including financial, accountancy and tax solutions which are tailored specifically to a company’s requirements. We can conduct royalty audits, support start-ups and management buy-outs, advise on ownership succession and company valuations…

Get in touch, and let’s discuss how we can help you to focus on what matters.

Key contact

Head of Media & Entertainment, Partner
David Coppard
+44 (0)20 7429 4100
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Meet the team

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David Coppard

Head of Media & Entertainment, Partner

David joined in 2010 when his firm “Coppards” merged with MHA MacIntyre Hudson and he advises individuals and businesses involved in all aspects of the Media & Entertainment industry. His expertise extends to business and personal management including working with agents, managers, banks, solicitors and independent financial advisers. Proud to have developed and lead a very talented team passionately supporting talent in every part of the industry.

Originally studied for a career in engineering, David obtained a First Class Honours degree but decided to expand his opportunities and trained to become a chartered accountant. After qualification he moved to Price Waterhouse and found his vocation when he joined the team managing ex-Beatle George Harrison and HandMade Films. Established his own Media & Entertainment practice in the 1980’s and has the privilege of working for some of the most talented and successful individuals in the business. 

David enjoys theatre going, particularly to see productions associated with his clients and is Honorary Treasurer for a number of charities. Much time is taken with family and their “zoo”, presently 3 horses, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 4 ducks and 4 rabbits. 

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Matt Coward

Partner

Matt joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in April 2014 as a Private Client Tax Partner.

He is a Chartered Tax Adviser, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a fellow of the Association of Tax Technicians. He also trained with a Big 4 firm and has specialised in tax throughout his professional life.

Matt acts for a wide variety of private clients, and provides advice to internationally mobile and non-domiciled individuals, UK resident and domiciled persons, one time and serial entrepreneurs, professional practices and their members.  He works with offshore trustees on the structures they administer for mutual clients and with a number of private banks in the UK and overseas.

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John Burwood

Partner

John joined MacIntyre Hudson in March 2008 following the merger of the London office of MGI Midgley Snelling.

John has extensive experience in advising clients in all kinds of service industries including groups and companies involved in international trade, technology, advertising, media, PR, and retail.   

His audit specialisms include AIM listed clients acting as lead or component auditor in the wholesale toy, oil and mineral extraction sectors. He is also extensively involved in the audit of owner managed businesses, charities, FCA regulated entities and Pension Schemes

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John Coverdale

Partner

John joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in March 2008 as an audit partner and acts for a variety of corporate clients including companies involved in construction and real estate, financial services (including FCA regulated companies), media and entertainment (including book and music publishers), professional partnerships,  and the not-for-profit sector.

He has a number of Technology clients, particularly start-ups and growing companies, advising them on a range of issues. He has also assisted with a number of successful Technology Strategy Board applications for funding.

In his spare time he is a keen cyclist and aspiring duathlete.

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What they say about us

SilverLining UK very highly recommends MHA MacIntyre Hudson for all your company’s financial accounting needs.Our corporation has worked with MHA MacIntyre Hudson for the last 4 years. They are truly the best at what they do.They continually provide timely and excellent service and go ‘above and beyond' for their client. Their knowledge, communication skills and professional qualifications are of the highest quality and standards. SilverLining UK - Construction Sector

What they say about us

The team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson have taken away the burden of the day to day bookkeeping, payroll and CIS work off me. This has enabled me to spend more time working on my business, finding new work, new ideas and ways to be more profitable. Thanks to the help I’ve received, I can see a bright future for me and my company. Luke Day - Complete Wiring Solutions