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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.

Meet the team

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Chris Sutton

Head of Leisure & Hospitality, Partner

Chris has worked with clients at every stage of the business growth cycle: from start-up through to flotation. Heading our Hospitality and Leisure team, Chris has a number of clients across the sector including hotels and restaurants.  

He is heavily involved with his clients’ affairs, the large majority of which are owner-managed family businesses. He is a hands-on adviser and enjoys the variety of challenges offered by working in public practice, bringing over 35 years experience.  Chris’s portfolio of clients also includes a number of large groups both in the UK and overseas.

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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 Financial Services (including FCA regulated companies), Construction and Real Estate, 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.

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Dean Garratt

Audit & Accounts Director

Dean is an experienced auditor who has advised many of our corporate clients including groups involved in the property and construction sector. 

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Lisa Sluman

Management services Manager

Lisa joined the firm in 2008 as business services manager of predominately media and entertainment clients following a merger with MGI Midgley Snelling who she started with in 2004. Lisa's role includes arranging day to day financial management, VAT, management accounts and Limited company accounts for media clients.

Before Lisa joined the firm, she worked 15 years for 3 different accountancy practices which dealt with a whole range of medium to small businesses.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys going to the gym, visiting art galleries, going to the theatre and watching opera.

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What they say about us

Great team to work with; a great cultural fit with our business, knowing when to listen and when to take charge. The quality of professional advice and guidance throughout was essential in making this deal happen. Richard Anderson - Fenmarc Produce

What they say about us

A team who fully understood our business, our objectives and ultimately a team who we felt we could trust and enjoy working with. Excellent advice throughout the negotiations. Would not hesitate to recommend them. Neil Hollingworth - SRBE Holdings Limited