Payroll for film, TV and commercials is a specialized industry. While there are many payroll providers for general staff payment purposes, entertainment payroll requires expertise specific to paying short-term crew members on a film, TV or commercial production. There are wage and hour considerations and benefit contributions that are unique to the entertainment industry.
When deciding how to pay your film crew and cast, it’s important to work with an entertainment payroll firm that understands industry requirements and procedures. You want your crew members to be paid on time per their union or non-union deal memos with the production, and the payments must be accurate with all proper deductions taken out.
If you choose a solid film payroll company with an established history, at the end of the year you can rest easy knowing that all W-2’s are being distributed in a timely way, and tax filings and union contributions are being made properly. Not only that, but any workers’ compensation or unemployment claims from your film crew workers will be covered by the entertainment payroll company, whether submitted now or in the future.
It’s also important to choose an entertainment payroll service provider who is SOC 1 certified, to give peace of mind to your investors, board members and/or shareholders. This assures them that the payroll provider has been vetted for proper internal controls, so they know all the payroll information is protected and secure.
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