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The Best Alternative to Payroll Services

10 October 2019

Meet Wrapbook: The Best Alternative to

When a production wraps, everyone on set is wondering when they’re going to get paid. Meanwhile, everyone in the production office is wondering where they put the DP’s W4.

Enter: entertainment payroll services.

While and Wrapbook can both help you pay your cast and crew digitally, there are a few major key differences that you should know before processing your payroll.

1. Made exclusively for film, television, and commercials

Whether you’re producing a low budget indie or juggling multiple productions at once, staying on top of entertainment payroll can be a gargantuan task – especially when it comes to hunting down forms. allows you to view your entire company’s invoices on one dashboard, so you can always find that PA’s invoice. However, since it’s not exclusively made for film, doesn’t bucket your forms by production.

Unlike, Wrapbook is made exclusively for film, television, and commercials.
Unlike, Wrapbook is made exclusively for film, television, and commercials.

Wrapbook understands the nuances of each of your production’s payrolls, separating your productions and forms for you so you never get lost. Never struggle to find a W4, I-9, timesheet, or receipt again.

Invoices are broken down by production in Wrapbook
Invoices are broken down by production in Wrapbook

Wrapbook neatly groups your invoices and expenses by production. With the click of a button, you can pull view statistics on a specific production and reports to send off to your accountant.

Wrapbook provides new time sheets through the app as well, where you can set multiple pay rates per employee.

What is

A web app, provides employers a digital dashboard where freelancers and employees can submit invoices that can be approved and paid out instantly.

While great for small businesses, simply doesn’t offer the robust functionality and features that Wrapbook offers for video production payroll.

2. Film payroll taxes

Your production company is based in Los Angeles, but you’re shooting in Georgia, and your actors are based in Texas and SAG-AFTRA. How exactly do the taxes on that work on that?

While is a great way to quickly collect invoices and send out money, it doesn’t take into account the regulations your production has to follow to be compliant with the federal government, state authorities, and various guilds.

Wrapbook calculates employer taxes automatically, so you know exactly when and what to withhold when your film crew joins your production.

3. Onboard crew in a jiffy

Finding the perfect artist to work on your production is hard. Getting their paperwork in order shouldn’t be.

Wrapbook is made for entertainment payroll, so it automatically collects forms from your crew and actors when they join your production on the app. Easily track who hasn’t submitted their forms so you know who to email before the shoot starts.

Since so many very different businesses use, it’s not calibrated to grab all the specific entertainment payroll forms you need upfront.

Track all your crew that are onboarding with Wrapbook
Track all your crew that are onboarding with Wrapbook

In Wrapbook, you can easily see who’s onboarded in your production dashboard.

4. Easily set day rates and timecards

The bane of a producer’s existence is tracking down invoices and timesheets so they can close out the production. treats all invoices the same – leaving it up to you to sort out withholdings, day rates, and hours for each crew member.

Unlike, Wrapbook has timesheets built in, making submitting hours for crew members easy for producers long after a project has wrapped.

With Wrapbook, inputting hours can be performed by both the employer or the cast and crew member in their account. The app does the heavy lifting, automatically calculating what’s owed based on the crew member’s predetermined rate you and tax information.

5. Union approved

Working with unionized talent?

Wrapbook keeps up with every regulation, so you’re never behind. When you enter your crew members’ respective guilds, the app calculates wages and remitting their pension and health to them.

Wrapbook submits pension and health to following guilds:

6. Wrapbook is free to get started

While you have to pay monthly for, it’s absolutely free to demo Wrapbook until you process a payment.

Set up your production, collect timesheets, add everyone on your team, get everything just the way you like.

Wrapbook only charges a fraction of a percent when you finally cut the checks or pay them via direct deposit.

Click here to demo.

Wrapbook Is The Best Alternative to…

Because it understands the nuances of film and television production. Producing a film is a long and difficult process. Entertainment payroll shouldn’t be.

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Pay your cast and crew quickly and compliantly.

Wrapbook calculates timecards, witholds taxes, handles unions, and processes payments in user-friendly app.

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