Shipleys LLP

Chartered Accountants and Professional Business Advisers

Film industry

  • Production audits (both full and investigatory)
  • Distribution or royalty audits
  • British Film Certification audits
  • Co-Production Certification audits and advisory services
  • Statutory accounts
  • Corporation tax advice
  • Personal tax advice (self employed producers and actors)
  • Specialist VAT advice
  • Advice to both UK and non-UK entities, including tax planning
  • Pre- and post-production services
  • Structuring to take advantage of available tax breaks
  • PAYE and National Insurance compliance and planning

We are also linked into AGN International, a global association of separate and independent accounting and advisory businesses.

Steve Joberns heads up this department, and specialises in Co-Productions and British Film Certification work, as well as maintaining a general range of film and television clients.

Stewart Jell is also a principal in this department and works with clients involved in the development, production, distribution and exploitation of film and television content.

Other partner contacts involved in the industry are:-

Mike Luckett - International taxation
Simon Robinson - General practice and accounting

Over the years we have been involved with a number of highly successful British films including Trainspotting, Sliding Doors, Shakespeare in Love, Mansfield Park, The Talented Mr Ripley, Alexander and many more.

Our expertise covers a huge variety of work and our portfolio includes animations, documentaries and television series, as well as feature films with budgets from as little as £500,000 to well in excess of £100 million.