Cheryl Jenkins is the principal and founding partner of Atlanta-based Production Accounting and Crew Services, International (PACS). Founded in 2009, PACS was launched by Jenkins to fill a growing need in the burgeoning film and television industry in the city of Atlanta, throughout the state of Georgia, and the South East - sourcing and placing qualified production accountants and providing accounting services to production companies.
Jenkins has launched PACS to provide both Atlanta filmmakers and productions launching in the area with exceptional accounting services. And she certainly has the professional credentials to back up what she promises with PACS, having honed a career in production accounting at such major studios as NBC/Universal, New Line Television, VH-1, MTV, BET and Fox Television, in top markets like Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston and New York.
Jenkins has worked as the key production accountant on such hit reality TV series as NBC Studio's, The Last Comic Standing, Made in the USA, and New Line Television's The Real Wedding Crashers. She is currently in her second season of VH-1's first scripted show, Single Ladies. That has given her the opportunity time and again to not only supervise entire accounting staffs, but to help create budgets and provide producers and studios with accurate figures and weekly cost reports.
Having also worked as a line producer on such projects as the Family Foreman reality show for New Line Television, and the feature film, The Last Adam, has only netted Jenkins an even better grasp of all that an efficient accounting department brings to a production.
Willing to share her expertise beyond the workplace, Jenkins taught the first scheduling and budgeting workshop at the Independent Black Film Festival in Atlanta and has continued to teach this course for numerous organizations including Women in Film and Television Atlanta. She has also served as a judge and panelist at the SONscreen Film Festival in Simi Valley, California.
Jenkins launched her career in entertainment after earning a bachelor's degree in Finance from Michigan State University. She started off working as a first assistant accountant on Moesha, a big hit for the UPN television network and producers Ralph Farquhar, Sara Finney and Vida Spears. Jenkins went on to become a production coordinator on The Steve Harvey Show before then landing gigs as a production manager on several short films and commercials.
Wanting to get back into mainstream television production, Jenkins later got a job as post production accountant on the Gregory Nava pilot, American Family. Soon after, she was promoted to lead accountant, while simultaneously making a foray into reality television. Her first shows in this genre were Surprise Wedding I and II, which were taped in Las Vegas and produced by Rocket Science Laboratories.
After the Surprise Wedding series, Jenkins went to Honduras to work on Temptation Island International for Fox Island Productions, a division of Fox Television Studios. Upon her return to the United States, she began working on independent feature films such as The Adventures of Ociee Nash, in Atlanta, and Spin, in Tucson, Arizona. In time, she was subsequently recruited by Fox Television Studios to work on the reality show Drive Shaft, and then by NBC Studios to work on Last Comic Standing.
She has since added her production accounting work in New York for the popular show, 50 Cent: The Money and the Power, and, more recently, in Atlanta for the MTV television movie sequel, My Super Psycho Sweet 16, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 to this repertoire.
With such an impressive track record under her belt, Jenkins is very much looking forward to all the possibilities that lie ahead for Production Accounting and Crew Services.