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Thanksgiving 2019 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Thanksgiving 2019 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In...

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Darren Seidel Named Chief Operating Officer

Darren Seidel Named Chief Operating Officer

Mark Goldstein, EP’s President and CEO, has announced that Chief Financial Officer Darren Seidel has moved into a joint role in which he will also serve as Chief Operations Officer. Seidel has been responsible for leading all finance activities including FP&A,...

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CONUS Rate Update

CONUS Rate Update

The per diem CONUS high low rates changed on October 1, 2019 (the Federal government’s fiscal year is October 1 – September 30). The new high rate increased from $287 to $297 and the low also increased from $195 to $200. The rates for specific locations can be found...

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EP Incentives’ John Hadity Featured in Filmmaker Magazine

EP Incentives’ John Hadity Featured in Filmmaker Magazine

“It’s really important to talk to people who have a very good understanding of what kinds of entities you should use — what kinds of taxes issues you have to be prepared for down the road, and what accounting issues you’ll have to deal with 18 months from now when...

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Labor Day 2019 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Labor Day 2019 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In Payroll Ready...

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SVP Product Management, Darren Ehlers Featured in M&E Daily

SVP Product Management, Darren Ehlers Featured in M&E Daily

“What we discovered is that there’s a big data problem within the production office. It wasn’t so much that scheduling didn’t work, it was that people couldn’t get the information they needed out of the schedule to the people that needed to have that information on a...

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EP CTO, Patrick Baca Quoted in M&E Daily

EP CTO, Patrick Baca Quoted in M&E Daily

EP's Chief Technology Officer, Patrick Baca, was quoted in MESA's M&E Daily. “We like change, but we seek consistency. Create the right environment that introduces the right amount of change, but also evolves talent.” Read more here.

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Memorial Day 2019 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Memorial Day 2019 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Monday, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In  Payroll Ready  Friday, May...

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Good Friday 2019 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Good Friday 2019 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In Payroll Ready Tuesday, April 16 BEFORE 6:00 pm Thursday, April 18 Tuesday, April 16 AFTER 6:00 pm Monday, April 22...

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CTO Patrick Baca Featured in Winter Edition of MESA Journal

CTO Patrick Baca Featured in Winter Edition of MESA Journal

CTO Patrick Baca’s article, “Embracing Open-Source Through Automation” was published in the 2018-2019 Winter Edition of the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) Journal. Baca discusses Nexial, EP’s innovative and cost-effective open-source automation...

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New IRS Standard Mileage Rates for 2019

New IRS Standard Mileage Rates for 2019

The IRS announced that the business standard mileage rate for transportation expenses paid or incurred beginning January 1, 2019, will be 58 cents per mile. This is a 3.5 cent increase from the 54.5 cents-per-mile rate that went into effect for 2018. Click here for...

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2018 Year-End Payroll Schedule

2018 Year-End Payroll Schedule

  2018 Year-End Payroll Schedule As the holidays near, we ask for your cooperation with the following revised operating schedule. Due to shortened workweeks, edits will be provided as soon as time permits. ** If you have any questions or special needs, please...

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Thanksgiving 2018 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Thanksgiving 2018 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In...

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Social Security Wage Base Increase

Social Security Wage Base Increase

The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on Thursday, October 11, 2018, that the 2019 social security wage base will be $132,900, which is an increase of $4,500 from $128,400 in 2018. Read more.  

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EP Featured in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

EP Featured in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal

EP was featured in the San Fernando Valley Business Journal for being named Company of the Year and a Top Financial Solutions Provider by CFO Tech Outlook. The piece also highlights the organization’s SmartStudio software suite, as well its exciting new N. Hollywood...

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Labor Day 2018 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Labor Day 2018 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Monday, September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In Payroll Ready...

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MPIPHP Delinquency Notice Update

Last Tuesday, July 10, 2018, we notified you that the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans (MPIPHP) has been sending out billing notices for alleged delinquent contributions, including interest and liquidated damages, to some of our clients. MPIPHP has...

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MPIPHP Billing Update

It has come to our attention that the Motion Picture Industry Pension & Health Plans (MPIPHP) has been sending out billing notices for claimed "late" contributions, including interest and liquidated damages, to some of our clients. This new process generates...

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EP Partners with The Al Gore Project

EP Partners with The Al Gore Project

EP is serious about the environment, as evidenced through our partnership with the Al Gore Project. The production used our SmartStart digital start packets, which have already saved hundreds of trees. We are leading the effort to save paper by digitizing the...

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PRESS RELEASE: Entertainment Partners Welcomes New Board Members

PRESS RELEASE: Entertainment Partners Welcomes New Board Members

Burbank, CA, May 22, 2018 – Entertainment Partners (“EP”), the leading global end-to-end provider of production workforce management and automated production services to the entertainment industry, announced the addition of Carol Lindstrom and Carol Mills to its Board...

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EP Leadership to Speak and Present at HITS: Spring 2018

EP Leadership to Speak and Present at HITS: Spring 2018

EP is proud to once again be a sponsor of the Hollywood Innovation & Technology Summit presented by Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA). The event which is also known as HITS: Spring, will take place on Thursday, May 17 at the Sheraton Universal...

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Memorial Day 2018 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Memorial Day 2018 Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Monday, May 28, 2018 in observance of Memorial Day. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In  Payroll Ready  Friday, May...

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Good Friday Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Good Friday Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In Payroll Ready Tuesday, March 27 BEFORE 6:00 pm Thursday, March 29 Tuesday, March 27 AFTER 6:00 pm Monday, April 2...

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John Hadity Featured in Produced By Magazine

John Hadity Featured in Produced By Magazine

EP lends money to productions because we understand the space, have a good grasp on the risks and how to mitigate them. The Producer’s Guild of America recently discussed financing with our EVP John Hadity, former Chair of the PGA East and a member of the National...

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Presidents Day Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Presidents Day Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of Presidents Day. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In Payroll Ready Friday,...

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EP Labor Relations and Legal Update

EP Labor Relations and Legal Update

2018 will usher in a number of multi-state and federal legal and labor relations developments. We have highlighted some salient changes that take effect in the first half of 2018 below. The material recapped in this newsletter is general information we are providing...

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Tax Reform Legislation Impact on Payroll

Tax Reform Legislation Impact on Payroll

Effective January 17, 2018 2018 Federal Percentage Method Income The New Federal Tax Withholding Tables were released on January 11, 2018 and implemented for EP payroll released on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. The new withholding tables are designed to work with the...

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Martin Mazor Featured in MESA Journal

Martin Mazor Featured in MESA Journal

SVP and Chief Information Security Officer Martin Mazor’s article “Mitigating Cyber Risks Through Military Strategies” was published in the 2017-2018 Winter Edition of the Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) Journal. Martin’s article examines how wars...

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Register Now to Get Your Online W-2

Register Now to Get Your Online W-2

You can now register to access your W-2 online! Please note that existing users must RE-REGISTER. Click the image below to be taken to our Online W-2 Support Page.

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2017 Year-End Payroll Schedule

2017 Year-End Payroll Schedule

2017 Year-End Payroll Schedule As the holidays near, we ask for your cooperation with the following revised operating schedule. Due to shortened workweeks, edits will be provided as soon as time permits. ** If you have any questions or special needs, please contact...

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Thanksgiving Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Thanksgiving Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In...

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EP Named California/Western States ESOP Company of the Year

EP Named California/Western States ESOP Company of the Year

SAN DIEGO, CA, October 12 - 100% employee-owned Entertainment Partners (“EP”) received top recognition as ESOP Company of the Year at this year’s annual conference of the California/Western States Chapter of the ESOP Association. The Chapter is comprised of more than...

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Mike Wofford Profiled in Daily Journal

Mike Wofford Profiled in Daily Journal

EVP and General Counsel Mike Wofford was profiled in the Daily Journal. In the article, Mike discusses EP’s relationship with the unions, studios and other industry organizations. He also comments on the ACA, EP’s role in technology, and how he likes to partner with...

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EP Florida Office Closed Due to Hurricane Irma

EP Florida Office Closed Due to Hurricane Irma

Due to Hurricane Irma, Entertainment Partners’ Orlando office is currently closed. At this time, we are unsure when normal operations will resume, but clients will be notified once the Orlando office is back up and running. You can monitor EP’s social media for status...

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Labor Day Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Labor Day Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Monday, September 4, 2017 in observance of Labor Day. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In Payroll Ready...

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TAX ALERT: Revised I-9 Issued

Effective: September 18, 2017 The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Employers are required under federal law to obtain properly completed I-9 forms...

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ACA Reporting and Compliance Needs Remain Unchanged

ACA Reporting and Compliance Needs Remain Unchanged

  Congressional efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have not been successful to date. At least for the foreseeable future, the ACA remains the law of the land. So what does this mean for your business? Employers continue to be required to comply...

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Independence Day Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Independence Day Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observance of Independence Day. The Payroll Department will be closing at 3:00 pm on Friday, July 7, 2017, with limited coverage. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the...

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EPFS at the Cannes Film Festival

EPFS at the Cannes Film Festival

EP Financial Solutions’ Joe Chianese and John Hadity attended this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Mr. Chianese moderated the webinar, “Live from Cannes: Financing a Festival-Worthy Production,” and the panel “Cutting Edge Financing in a World of New Media.”  ...

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EP and Central Casting Sponsor Georgia Night in L.A.

EP and Central Casting Sponsor Georgia Night in L.A.

Last night, Entertainment Partners and Central Casting sponsored Georgia Night in L.A. at the Sunset Tower Hotel. Established as a way to maintain ties to Georgians who relocated to Los Angeles, the annual event features producers and EP clients. Pictured: EP...

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Memorial Day Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Memorial Day Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Entertainment Partners will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of Memorial Day. Payroll will be processed on its regular schedule. However, due to the shortened workweek, please note the following cutoff dates: Payroll Turned In  Payroll Ready  Friday, May...

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EP SmartStudio Video Nabs Honorable Mention from PR Daily

EP SmartStudio Video Nabs Honorable Mention from PR Daily

Last year, EP unveiled a well-recieved video showcasing our SmartStudio capabilities. The video took us through the evolution of the paper-heavy back office to the modern, digitized production office. It creatively and efficiently demonstrated EP’s vision to reinvent...

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Good Friday Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Good Friday Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Payroll Turned In Payroll Ready Tuesday, April 11 BEFORE 6:00 pm Thursday, April 13 Tuesday, April 11 AFTER 6:00 pm Monday, April 17 Wednesday, April 12 ANYTIME Monday, April 17 Thursday, April 13 ANYTIME Monday, April 17 We’re here to help you meet this deadline. We...

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Press Contact

Ron Cogan

VP of Corporate Communications
Entertainment Partners
Phone: 818.955.6295