Cinespace Studios and York University have announced the creation of a Production Accounting Micro-Credential Program in response to a critical shortage of production accountants, among other skilled workers, in the Ontario film and television sector.
The six-week program, taught in-person at Cinespace Studios’ Kipling campus in Toronto, will launch in June, providing a comprehensive understanding of accounting in the creative sector. The curriculum was designed by self-employed production accounting veteran Marr Morgan and Kitty Spiropoulos, Manager, Production Finance, at Netflix in Toronto.
The program, established with CineCares, a division of Cinespace that supports workforce development and crew diversity, is designed to create a pipeline of high-quality talent. Cinespace will provide funding for two scholarship bursaries through the Black Screen Office for two individuals to attend the program.
“Cinespace is deeply committed to creating pathways to jobs within the film and TV industry. We’re excited to expand our existing partnership with York University to offer workforce development through targeted education,” said Ashley Rice, President & Co-Managing Partner, Cinespace Studios, in a release. “Film and television production accountants are in critically short supply globally and this micro-credential program will allow the industry to quickly fill a much-needed role as production volumes continue in the region.”
“Ontario as a jurisdiction needs to consistently train new talent to meet film production volumes coming to the region in the coming years. We also need to prioritize providing a pathway to good paying jobs and attracting workers to a fulfilling career in the industry,” added Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport for Ontario. “This partnership between the largest production facility and one of the most prestigious post-secondary institutions represents a milestone in addressing one of the sector’s biggest workforce shortages.”
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