Task Force Proposes Amended Accounting for TV Production

November 20, 2018

In response to the rapidly evolving television production and distribution business models like online streaming services, the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) has proposed an update to U.S. GAAP.

Issued by the FASB as Proposed Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2018-280, Entertainment—Films—Other Assets—Film Costs (Subtopic 926-20) and Entertainment—Broadcasters—Intangibles—Goodwill and Other (Subtopic 920-350): Improvements to Accounting for Costs of Films and License Agreements for Program Materials, a Consensus of the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force, the proposal would update Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 926-20, Entertainment—Films—Other Assets—Film Costs, to require television show creators to account for production costs similarly to filmmakers. The proposal would also amend ASC 920-350, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other, to explain when a production company must evaluate film and licensing agreements for program material for impairment at the film-group level.

Comments on the proposal are due Friday, December 7.