Entertainment Payroll Overview

How does entertainment payroll work?

When running a production - whether it is a live event, feature film, commercial, or TV show, you will need to pay people for their work.

Production companies are "employers". Employers need to comply with state and federal law for paying the employees (cast and crew). In a union production, you will need to be compliant with union standards.

Topsheet specializes in entertainment payroll. We make it easier to run projects and pay talent and crew.

How does Topsheet help with entertainment payroll?

Topsheet is a mobile application dedicated to automating and streamlining entertainment payroll.

For all payroll projects run through Topsheet, Topsheet acts as the employer of record and provides workers compensation insurance for employees and loan-outs.

What do entertainment payroll companies do?

An entertainment payroll company handles these major functions:

1. ACT AS THE EMPLOYER OF RECORD

As the employer of record, Topsheet acts on behalf of the producer, collecting and ending out W2s, 1099s, and other tax forms.

2. PROVIDE WORKERS' COMPENSATION

Workers' compensation is required in the case of injury on a production. It is illegal to operate without it.

3. CALCULATES PAYROLL

Topsheet automates the calculation of payroll and union benefits - observing federal and state labor laws, and union contracts.

4. PROCESSES PAYMENTS

Entertainment payroll companies pays the employees, unions, and state agencies, and federal agencies.