Are you looking for an experienced accountant for your NZ Screen Industry production?

Contact Hilary Combes today!


Hilary Combes Production Accountant








Production accounting is a world away from normal business accounting. The speed, the urgency, the volume, all condensed into a short period can make it really full-on. Add to it the specific tax rules, and it's quite a speciality.

Not every bookkeeper or accountant will ever need to deal with the intricacies of a production or the industry quirks, so choose your accountant wisely. Make sure you get an expert for YOUR production!

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Hilary's industry background:




This Could Go Anywhere - 6 x 1 hour Travel series broadcast on Prime in NZ (Sept 2020).

With cricketers Brendon McCullum and Phil Tuffnell.  Executive Producers Richard Fletcher (Libertine Pictures), David Alrich, Brendan Dahill. 

Producer/Director Thomas Robins. Producer Lauren Lunjevich. With EQ Media, Australia.


Griff’s Great Kiwi Road Trip 4 x 1 hour Travel series broadcast on Prime in NZ (Nov 2019) and ITV in the UK.

Executive Producers Richard Fletcher (Libertine Pictures), David Alrich, Brendan Dahill. 

Producer Alex Clark (Picture Start Films). With EQ Media, Australia and Kew Media, Canada.

Hosted by Griff Rhys Jones. Directed by Dan Salmon, John Hagen.


Killjoy  - 15-part drama series podcast aired on Radio NZ in September and October 2019   

 - NZ on Air Innovation Fund. In association with Radio NZ.  Producer Laura Robinson.


Development budgets: 

8 x 60' drama series (2021)

With EQ Media, Australia.



Gibson Group                                         2009 - 2015

Dave Gibson, Line Producer Chris Tyson, Producers Bevin Linkhorn, Gary Scott, Jane Robertson and Alex Clark

Company financial management support to producers and production accountant across multiple productions, including:

Four series of Operation Hero – Children’s Factual 2011-2014

Two series of NZ Detectives – Documentary 2010-2011

Approx. 80 episodes of The Court Report – Panel TV series (from 2010)

War News series – Drama-Doc 2014

Along for the Ride (with Simon Morton) – Factual Series 2013

Also support for:

Eruption –Tele-Feature 2009

Paradise Café II –Drama 2010

Ben and Jeremy’s Big Road Trip – One-off comedy/promotional 2010 

Panic at Rock Island – Drama 2011 – coordination with and reporting to Australian production company

       Fresh Meat – Feature Film 2011-2012,  Director Danny Mulheron, starring Temuera Morrison, Kate Elliott, Hanna Tevita and Nicola Kawana




Storybox              2015 - 2017

Creative Director/Producer Robert Appierdo, Producers Jasmine Funnell, Ruth Korver, Andrew Croot

Video outputs include:

Smokefree Wellington – Time lapse videos for WCC Smokefree Day 2016

Make my Future Fair – Unicef NZ Video, website and print media

Welly my Way – WCC video

Bring the Noise – NZ Sevens videos and interactive installations 2017

Bring your Wild Things Out – Nature Connections/Wellington Zoo video and print media



Experience of working with pink and blue books

Experience of working with NZ on Air and NZ Film Commission reporting requirements

Extra for Rounds (2012 Teaching film) and NZ Detectives (2010 Documentary series on TVOne), and audience member for The Court Report (from 2010 – Panel TV series on TVNZ6 and TVNZ7)

Good knowledge of MYOB, Xero and other finance systems

Good knowledge of Microsoft Excel

Member of WIFT



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