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The 8 Best Entertainment Payroll Services of 2020

14 January 2020

You’ve assembled the perfect cast, hired a film crew, and enlisted a small army of PAs. But before the camera starts rolling, you’re going to need everyone to fill out a tree’s worth of tax forms each. This is just one of the reasons filmmakers use entertainment payroll services.

But distinguishing one entertainment payroll company from another can be daunting as it is boring. While EP and Cast & Crew have been the standard for many years, there’s plenty of other options available to ensure your productions are paid out both on time and according to the law.

Sifting through the benefits and features of each payroll company, we’ve compiled a list of the 8 best entertainment payroll services of 2020.

The Best Entertainment Payroll Services of 2020

1. Wrapbook

New as it is powerful, Wrapbook is a truly modern entertainment payroll company.
New as it is powerful, Wrapbook is a truly modern entertainment payroll company.

Launched in 2018, Wrapbook is powerful entertainment payroll service that allows you to pay your cast and crew all from your browser.

With your entire production neatly organized on one dashboard, you can easily review expenses, spin up custom time cards, pay people with a click, and share important documents like call sheets with your entire production. Save on mountains of paperwork with their digital onboarding, included for free in the software suite.

Unlike most entertainment payroll services that keep their prices behind quote walls, Wrapbook has a one-time activation fee and charges .75% of the payroll you run, one of the lowest costs to run payroll in the entertainment industry.

Cast and crew love Wrapbook’s direct deposit feature along with the ability to submit invoices and timecards directly from their phones.

Wrapbook was previously known as TakeOne.

Wrapbook Entertainment Payroll Services Contact Info

  • Headquarters: New York, NY
  • Wrapbook Address: 228 Park Ave S #36206 New York, New York 10003
  • Wrapbook Phone Number: 845.367.9679

2. Entertainment Partners Payroll Services

Entertainment Partners Payroll (or EP Entertainment Payroll) has been the industry standard.
Entertainment Partners Payroll (or EP Entertainment Payroll) has been the industry standard.

For years, Entertainment Partners Payroll (EP) has been the industry standard for entertainment payroll. Handling productions like Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom to The Office, it’s a well known name inside studios and Hollywood agencies.

An entertainment payroll company in Los Angeles, EP will handle onboarding, tax information, and cutting checks for your next production.

You may be familiar with Entertainment Partners Payroll Services already through their production management software, Movie Magic Budgeting and Movie Magic Scheduling.

You have to reach out to them to get a quote.

Entertainment Partners Payroll Contact Info

  • Headquarters: Burbank, CA
  • Entertainment Partners Payroll Address: 2950 N. Hollywood Way Burbank, CA 91505
  • Entertainment Partners Phone Number: 818.955.6000

3. Media Services

One of many entertainment payroll services in Los Angeles, Media Services boasts incredible 24/7 customer service.
One of many entertainment payroll services in Los Angeles, Media Services boasts incredible 24/7 customer service.

Created by veteran production accountants, Media Services offers entertainment payroll services as well as both in-house accounting and on-production accounting.

Like the other entertainment payroll companies on this list, Media Services has run payroll on countless productions for studios like Netflix and HBO.

In addition to their accounting services, they also offer a line of entertainment apps called ShowBiz, which can help tackle budgeting, SAG timecards, and cash flows.

Media Services Contact Info

  • Headquarters: Westwood, CA
  • Media Services Phone Number: 310.471.9369
  • Media Services Address: 500 S Sepulveda Blvd Floor 4, Los Angeles, CA 90049

4. Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew can handle live theater payroll making it one of the biggest names in Broadway entertainment payroll services.
Cast & Crew can handle live theater payroll making it one of the biggest names in Broadway entertainment payroll services.

Like Entertainment Partners Payroll Services, Cast & Crew has one of the most well-known names. Offering a full HR experience, they can run payroll for film and a variety of other industries including television, theater, music tours, and music festivals.

If you’re looking to produce a play or theater experience, definitely consider Cast & Crew, as many Broadway shows use them as their entertainment payroll company.

In terms of pricing, you have to request a quote for your production. That’s why it’s crucial to get a quote from each company on this list to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Cast & Crew Contact Info

  • Headquarters: Burbank, CA
  • Cast & Crew Payroll Services Address: 2300 Empire Avenue, 5th Floor, Burbank, CA 91504
  • Cast & Crew Payroll Services Phone Number: 818.848.6022

5. The Team Companies

The Team’s Companies focus on talent payments makes it one of the top entertainment payroll services.
The Team’s Companies focus on talent payments makes it one of the top entertainment payroll services.

If you’ve worked on a commercial shoot before, there’s a good chance you’ve been paid by The Team Companies. Like Cast & Crew, they’re one of many entertainment payroll companies that support live music tours and theater.

If you’re working on a project that crosses many mediums, like a stand up special or a live reality event, it’s worth getting a quote from The Team Companies. Among other payroll services, they pride themselves as experts in residual payments.

Outside of their entertainment payroll services, The Team Companies also features software to better manage your pre-production, like StudioBinder.

The Teams Companies Contact Info

  • Headquarters: Burbank, CA
  • The Team Companies Address: 901 W Alameda Ave, Burbank, CA 91506
  • The Teams Companies Phone Number: 818.558.3261

6. ABS Entertainment Payroll Services

If you need an employer of record, ABS Payroll might be the entertainment payroll service for you.
If you need an employer of record, ABS Payroll might be the entertainment payroll service for you.

If you’re producing a feature film, short, or commercial, then may have already thought about ABS Entertainment Payroll Services.

Tailored to “independent filmmakers”, ABS Payroll can accommodate everything from explainer video shoots to live theater with their payroll and accounting staff.

In terms of pricing, ABS charges a weekly fee to use their services and a gross percentage based on your project’s scope.

Wrapbook offers software functionality without weekly or subscription fees.

ABS Entertainment Payroll Services Contact Info

  • Headquarters: Burbank, CA
  • ABS Entertainment Payroll Services Address: 7530 N Glenoaks Blvd Ste 100, Burbank, CA 91504
  • ABS Entertainment Payroll Services Phone Number: 818.848.9200

7. CAPS Payroll

CAPS Payroll - Best Entertainment Payroll Services.
CAPS Payroll - Best Entertainment Payroll Services.

Purchased by Cast & Crew in 2016, CAPS Payroll is trying to make the entertainment payroll industry more transparent.

In addition to accounting, they offer electronic time cards and CAPSPay, a digital hours to gross tool, where users can spin up reports and submit payroll to CAPS.

While retaining their original name, CAPS is more or less Cast & Crew.

Unlike other entertainment payroll services on this list, your software may not be included for free in your package.

CAPS Payroll Services Contact Info

  • Headquarters: Culver City, CA
  • CAPS Payroll Services Address: 2300 West Empire Avenue,, Burbank, CA 91504
  • CAPS Payroll Services Phone Number: 818.848.6022

8. Greenslate

While some entertainment payroll companies may require you to fax your paperwork off to your paymaster, Greenslate is pushing the entertainment payroll industry paperless.

Much like Wrapbook, Greenslate offers a software backend for timecards, email onboarding, and a digital interface so you never have to scramble for a report.

Plus, they offer printed checks on site.

They have run payroll for such big budget features as I, Tonya and Sorry to Bother You.

Greenslate Entertainment Payroll Company Contact Info

  • Greenslate Headquarters: Beverly Hills, CA
  • Greenslate Address: 12121 Wilshire Blvd suite 205, Los Angeles, CA 90025
  • Greenslate Phone Number: 310.789.2001

Entertainment Payroll Companies vs. Software

Entertainment payroll companies can handle everything from paying out your crew to acting as a full-stack HR department.

Traditional entertainment payroll companies are great if you’re dealing with a multi-million dollar budget, residuals, or a project that spans many mediums. That way you can get the specialized attention of production accountants to hash out the details and calculate payroll by hand.

For everything else, new companies, like Wrapbook, offer the right blend of software + services to automate the mundane tasks like onboarding, timesheet collection, and hours to gross calculations, while giving you access to a supported paymaster to handle complex scenarios.

It's easy to onboard freelancers in Wrapbook's mobile-friendly web app.
It's easy to onboard freelancers in Wrapbook's mobile-friendly web app.

Wrapping Up

Ultimately, no two entertainment payroll services are alike. Each will claim it’s offering you the best deal, but it is worth looking through the nuances of digital payments and the real softare (or non-existant software) you will be using before deciding who to ultimately work with.

If you’re deciding between two options or just have a question about payroll, feel free to hit us up at success@wrapbook.com.

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