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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'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

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

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’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

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 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

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

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 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

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 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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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.

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

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

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

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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Alert: ACA Remains the Law of the Land . . . For Now

  Last Friday, the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”), the proposed plan to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act (aka “ACA”), was withdrawn. There was not enough support in the House of Representatives for the bill to pass. As of now, the ACA...

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Alert: GOP Unveils Plan to Replace the ACA

  The “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), a draft of the GOP plan to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”), was introduced yesterday by the House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. Please click the link...

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President’s Day Holiday Closure Notice and Payroll Schedule

Payroll Turned In Payroll Ready Friday, February 17 BEFORE 6:00 pm Thursday, February 23 Tuesday, February 21 AFTER 6:00 pm Friday, February 24 Wednesday, February 22 BEFORE 6:00 pm Friday, February 24 Wednesday, February 22 AFTER 6:00 pm Monday, February 27 We’re...

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Status Quo With the ACA

On Friday, January 20, President Trump signed an Executive Order that signals that the ACA should be repealed. It is a broad policy statement directing agencies to consider taking action to minimize the burdens of the ACA. However, the Executive Order does not repeal...

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Joe Chianese Featured in Winston Baker Newsletter

Joe Chianese was featured in Winston Baker’s newsletter under “Dealmaker Spotlight.” “Throughout his career, Joe has been responsible for the finance, tax, and production structures of film and television projects in excess of $5 billion.” Click here to read...

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EPFS at the Sundance Film Festival

  Joe Chianese and Dama Claire of EP Financial Solutions represented EP at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Joe moderated a panel titled, “State of the Slate-Films at Sundance 2017.” He spoke with filmmakers about making cost effective location decisions to achieve...

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The Paymaster 2016-2017 January Update Now Available

Click on the image below to download (PDF File) Changes include: Updated Low Budget Agreement to reflect new 2017-2019 wage rates and rate scales. Updated 2016-2017 Federal payroll taxable wages and tax rate. Updated wage rates, effective date ranges, and terms and...

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Darren Ehlers Featured in MESA Journal

Darren Ehlers' article "The Move Toward Digitizing Back Office Processes" was featured in the Winter 2016 Edition of Media & Entertainment Services Alliance (MESA) Journal. The piece emphasizes that bridging the gap between production data and financials has never...

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Ron Cogan

VP of Corporate Communications
Entertainment Partners
Phone: 818.955.6295