The Best Alternative to Media Services

20 February 2019

Meet Wrapbook: The Best Alternative to Media Services Payroll

Searching for a Media Services alternative? Then look no further than Wrapbook, a modern film payroll company, automating everything from onboarding crew to handling compliance to running payroll – all in one intuitive software.

Wrapbook is Made for Indie Filmmakers

Whether you’re working with Media Services in NYC or Los Angeles, accessing your entire production’s finances should only take seconds.

With traditional companies like Media Services Payroll, locating a document often requires a barrage of phone calls, emails, and faxing–costing time and money.

Wrapbook organizes production finances on one neat dashboard. After onboarding cast and crew through the app, timesheets and expenses appear in real time each time your crew submits them.

Wrapbook allows you to view production invoices without going to a Media Services Payroll middle man.
Wrapbook allows you to view production invoices without going to a Media Services Payroll middle man.

Approve invoices, and when you’re ready to run payroll, just click “Run Payroll.” And since Wrapbook is one of the few entertainment payroll companies that supports direct deposit, sending money to freelancers only takes seconds.

Plus, it’s entirely paperless.

Wrapbook also allows you to run multiple productions, automatically grouping necessary documents.
Wrapbook also allows you to run multiple productions, automatically grouping necessary documents.

What is Media Services Payroll?

Media Services Payroll has been leading the entertainment payroll space for over forty years. Starting as production accounting firm, the company has expanded its operations to residuals and processing payments, expanding to Los Angeles, NYC, and Louisiana. While handling some studio projects, Media Services has primarily served commercial shoots, indie films, and web content.

In addition to running payroll, Media Services also created the ShowBiz software line. From ShowBiz Timecards to ShowBiz Budgeting to the ShowBiz Labor Guide, the software suite provides tools for producers manage their productions.

Wrapbook Has Transparent, Affordable Pricing

Like most film payroll companies, Media Services requires you to request a quote, usually including a weekly fee to use their services, a fee to cut checks, a fee per SAG pension and health report, a fee for onset accounting, plus a percentage of your gross wages.

And since you’re getting quoted, you never know if you’re getting the best deal possible.

Wrapbook only charges 0.5% of your gross wages, a one-time setup fee for unlimited access to their intuitive software, and that’s it.

While Worker’s Comp rates depend on the state you’re shooting in, Wrapbook is tailored to productions operating with medium to low budgets so you can stop worrying about paperwork and get back to creating.

Once you’ve raised enough money to green light your project, the last thing you want to do is spend it on entertainment payroll services.

Wrapbook Offers Smart Onboarding

The last thing a crew member wants to do after a long shoot is search for a time card template online. The last thing a producer wants to do is sift through email chains of timecards to approve them.

To eliminate this headache, Media Services offers ShowBiz TimeCards software, free for all of their clients. However, you’ll find yourself consistently re-entering information, since onboarding crew and running payroll are treated as two separate entities – despite the fact that they share essential information.

Media Service's ShowBiz Budgeting interface leaves much to be desired.
Media Service's ShowBiz Budgeting interface leaves much to be desired.

Wrapbook automatically collects onboarding forms from your crew and actors when they join your production – all on the app. It then uses that same information when applicable crew members submit their time cards directly into their phones.

Easily track who hasn't submitted their forms in Wrapbook, so you know who to text passive aggressively.
Easily track who hasn't submitted their forms in Wrapbook, so you know who to text passive aggressively.

And when it comes time for tax season, Wrapbook automatically sends out W2’s and 1099s.

With Wrapbook’s direct deposit feature, you can onboard and pay crew in the same hour, versus Media Services Payroll’s lengthy and redundant set up time.

Wrapbook Automatically Calculates Wages

Your production company is based in Maine, but you’re shooting in Georgia, and your director is based in Canada.

How exactly do the taxes on that work on that?

After you have everyone on set fill out a stack of paperwork and fax it off to Media Services in NYC, you’ll get a call telling you how much you owe your staff a few days later.

Wrapbook gives you the same answer in seconds, allowing you to pay your crew immediately, without having to pay for an accountant.

When talent and crew are onboarded, Wrapbook gathers their tax information upfront.
When talent and crew are onboarded, Wrapbook gathers their tax information upfront.

Drawing from the latest tax codes and union regulations, Wrapbook calculates employer taxes in app, so that you can preview your payroll instantly, without ever involving an accountant.

Union approved

Wrapbook is calibrated so you’re always up to date with every union regulation, keeping your production 100% compliant.

When onboarding crew, all you need to do is flag your crew members’ respective guilds. And when you run payroll, the Wrapbook app will automatically use this information to calculate pension and health in their payroll preview.

Wrapbook submits pension and health to:

Unlike Media Services, Wrapbook can send trackable payments instantly making it a favorite among actors.
Unlike Media Services, Wrapbook can send trackable payments instantly making it a favorite among actors.

Wrapbook is free to get started

While you have to wait to get a quote from Media Services Payroll, it’s absolutely free to sign up for Wrapbook until you process a payment.

Set up your production, collect timesheets, onboard your team, and get everything just the way you like it. Wrapbook only charges a fraction of a percent when you’re finally ready to cut checks or pay out via direct deposit.

And unlike Media Services, Wrapbook doesn’t require a payroll bond, so you can pay your crew without having to front your entire budget upfront.

Click here to sign up free.

Wrapbook Is The Best Alternative to Media Services…

Because it allows indie filmmakers and producers to put more money into their projects’ actual budget.

Wrapbook isn’t just a great Media Services Payroll alternative – it’s an alternative to boxes on boxes of paperwork and endless phone calls.

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