Ida Lee is a freelance Production Accountant. She has worked on films and television, notably Rizzoli & Isles, Brothers & Sisters, Because of Winn-Dixie, Planet of the Apes, and everyone’s favorite movie, Rudy. She is one of the best, and when she finishes a long running series and becomes available, there is an immediate bidding war to engage her on the next show.
We talked about her early beginnings as a “real” accountant in the tire industry, to being mentored and trained by the incredible Joe Aguilar, to becoming a teacher herself and continuing the apprenticeship imperative in film production.
If you think production accounting is boring and merely bean counting, ask a producer who has tried to work without a good accountant, or who has had to suffer a bad one. They will tell you how very vital it is.
And in Ida Lee’s own words, “When a woman takes a stand, stand behind her.”
And here is the BONUS Episode: Ida Lee's Tales from the Trenches. Beware of Producers wielding the "C" word, and when else do you get to be in the room when people's dreams come true...