The first time the BBC commissions a programme from an independent production company we will undertake a company search to determine the company is established and that it has filed regular statutory accounts.
We will also require you to complete a Health & Safety questionnaire to help us understand the size and set-up of your business operations.
For all commissions, a separate production account named under the production name and set up in accordance with the terms of your Programme Production Agreement (PPA). Only finances relating to the individual production should be paid into and withdrawn from this account.
The BBC also recommends that the following best practice procedures be in place, for every programme commission:
Your obligation to supply reports on the progress of the production are set out in the General Terms of your PPA. The frequency of these reports is, as agreed between you and the BBC, set out in your commissioning specification, or as otherwise reasonably requested by the BBC.
In accordance with your PPA, you must maintain complete and accurate accounting records with relevant supporting documentation relating to expenditure on the programme. The BBC will request, on occasion, an audit under its audit rights provided under the terms of the PPA. If clarification is required for any of these issues, please contact your Genre finance contact or Alison Bexfield (BBC Head of Audit, Programming and Broadcasting) on (020) 8752 4982
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