Los Angeles, CA, July 18, 2016 – Entertainment Partners (EP), the leading end-to-end provider of payroll and production management services for all aspects of the entertainment industry for nearly 40 years, announced the appointment of Paul Gaffner as Vice President of Strategic Account Management. In his role, Gaffner will be deepening client relationships, allowing EP to advance high-value, strategic solutions. These long-term efforts and initiatives will result in driving growth for both EP and its clients.
“Paul has a proven track record of executing strategic client initiatives, and I am thrilled to have him join EP,” said Myfa Cirinna, Executive Vice President of Marketing. “His experience perfectly aligns with our mission to deliver exceptional client services and solutions, while we modernize and digitize the production industry.”
With 17 years of entertainment industry experience, Gaffner joins EP from Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he was Executive Director, Motion Pictures and TV Production Applications. While at Sony, he supported all of the company’s creative production design team—from concept and development through all of the production stages for its $2 Billion television and film production businesses.
“I am honored and excited to join the industry leader in payroll services and technology solutions,” said Gaffner. “EP has a longstanding reputation for renowned client service, and I look forward to deepening existing strategic client relationships and fostering new ones.”
Prior to Sony, Gaffner was Director of Finance and Project Management for West Coast Real Estate at NBC Universal. He had quickly worked his way through the ranks at NBC Universal—leading projects in strategic initiatives and analysis, as well as leading rights initiatives, title management, and TV Distribution efforts for the technology team.
Gaffner earned his MBA from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, and received his BS in Computer Science from Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering.
About Entertainment Partners
Entertainment Partners (EP) is the global leader in entertainment payroll, residuals, tax incentives, finance, and other integrated production management solutions with 15 offices in the U.S., Canada, London, and Tokyo. Combining unparalleled industry expertise and resources, EP strives to make the complex simple and collaborates with its entertainment industry clients to help them produce the most cost-effective and efficient film, television, digital, and commercial projects. Its accounting systems and Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling programs are the industry standards and its EP Financial Solutions group is the industry’s most experienced incentives team, assisting productions all over the world. Currently on a mission to digitize the paper-heavy back office processes of entertainment production, EP is striving to reinvent how the entertainment industry works and interacts to make production simpler. Its Scenechronize has automated many manual production office functions and securitized distribution of scripts and sensitive production information, while the Smart Studio suite of products leads the way in industry innovation. In addition, casting and payroll for background actors is handled through its legendary Central Casting division, a Hollywood icon since 1925. Established 40 years ago, EP is a 100% employee-owned company.
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