Nevada Film Tax Incentive

You’ve got Nevada Film Tax Credit Questions?

Silver State Production Services has answers.

Silver State Production Services is dedicated to making Nevada as film friendly as possible. On June 11, 2013, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed SB165, the Film Tax Credit Initiative, into law. Starting on Jan. 1, 2014, motion picture productions with a minimum budget of $500,000 can apply to the state for tax credits.

SSPS could not be more thrilled. Since SSPS was launched in the spring of 2011, our founders, staff and business partners know how much Nevada has to offer and we know how important film tax credits could be to the film industry here in our home state. Our staff and team of local experts crusaded for these film tax credits by educating local leaders and the public on what they were and what they could do. We worked tirelessly with pioneers such as J.R. Reid who worked tirelessly with Nevada State Senator, Aaron D. Ford, D-North Las Vegas, the sponsor of the bill.

Nevada is a wonderful place, full of rich and diverse terrain and scenery that includes film friendly places such as the Las Vegas Strip, Valley of Fire and Lake Tahoe. The vast open desert such as the Black Rock and clear blue skies has created the back drop for many important films over the past 60 years. The people of our state are well-versed when it comes to hard work and talent. The hospitality industry can easily host up to 100,000 guests on any given day. And our dedication to our airports, freeways and highways makes it fast and simple to arrive and depart safely. SSPS knows Nevada is the place to be. Let us help you navigate Nevada and the Silver State’s new film tax incentive.

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When is a permit required to film in New York?

The Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting issues permits to productions filming on location in the City of New York and provides free police assistance, free parking privileges and access to most exterior locations free of charge. In 2008, the rules were published for when a production is required to have a permit and when it is not in order to help expedite filmmaking in the City. When a permit is required, there is a $300 fee for the processing of the initial application of a new project.

Read more about permits here

NY Filming Insurance

In order for you or your organization to be eligible for a filming permit, Liability Insurance is required. A CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE must be provided to the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting 48 hours in advance of your online permit application submission. (When submitting your online permit application, be sure the Company Name matches exactly the name of Insured on your insurance certificate.) The CERTIFICATE must include:
1. The name and address of the insured person or production company. 2. The Description of Operations on the certificate must read as follows: “The City of New York is named as additional insured pursuant to, or with coverage at least as broad as, ISO Form CG 20 12 (07/98 ed.).” 3. That the policy provides at least One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) [usually listed as 1,000 thousands] in US currency or its equivalent of Comprehensive General Liability for each instance of claim. 4. The name of the insurance company and of the broker, with the broker’s signature and phone number. 5. The policy number. 6. The dates for which the policy is in effect, including both the start and expiration dates. 7. That the policy may not be modified or canceled without seven days prior written notification to the  Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.

PDFs of Insurance certificates are accepted via email to ONLY if sent directly by the insurance broker. We are not able to accept insurance certificates submitted by production companies or individuals.

Student Films: Students must obtain a letter from their school, on the school’s letterhead, stating the student’s name, their status as a student (i.e. full-time, in good standing) the date(s) of the shoot and the signature of the appropriate representative from the school. For students whose schools are located outside of New York City, please check with our office to see if your school’s insurance is on file with us.


NY State Film Tax Credits

 The New York State Film Production Tax Credit program provides qualifying film and television productions a 30% credit for qualified production expenditures. All eligible productions shot in New York City may qualify for this program. In April 2013 new legislation extended the program through 2019, allocating $420 million per year.Additionally, the New York State Post Production Tax Credit provides 30% savings on qualified post-production expenses, for productions that do their post production in New York City, but are not eligible for the film production tax credit program. To learn more about these credits, contact the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development at 212-803-2328 or visit the website at To learn more about the City’s unique “Made in NY” Marketing Credit incentive, available for “Made in NY” projects with distribution, click here.

Why shoot in Louisiana?

It’s simple: Because Louisiana has become a bona fide filmmaker’s paradise. Since 2006, our state has hosted more than 300 film and television productions — major and indie features, TV series, documentaries and more. In fact, only California and New York currently turn out more film and TV projects than the Bayou State. And it all starts with the best incentives in the business.

Louisiana’s unique tax incentive package was created in 2002 to lead the nation—and with more than 150 applications received in 2011 alone, the surge is showing no signs of stopping. Our production-friendly infrastructure features diverse locations from bayou to big city; state-of-the-art soundstages and post-production houses; and a skilled crew base that has grown by more than 400 percent since 2002. No matter where you shoot, you’ll experience Louisiana’s legendary culture and the inimitable joie de vivre of our fun-loving, supportive citizens.

Louisiana-produced films regularly premiere from Slamdance to Sundance to Hollywood, and they’re no strangers to the Academy Awards. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, shot in various locations across Southeast Louisiana, grabbed 13 Oscar nominations and three wins in 2009. And the same approach to innovative tax credits, workforce training and other economic development programs that drives our Film program extends to three additional entertainment industry sectors: sound recording, interactive and live performance.

Read more about filming in Louisiana …

State-by-State Film & Television Economic Contribution

The production and distribution of films and television programs is one of the nation’s most valuable cultural and economic resources. The industry is a major private sector employer across the nation, with salaries above the national average. The industry is a nationwide network of tens of thousands of small businesses, located in every state in the country, the majority of which employ ten people or fewer. The industry is heavily reliant on vendors in other industries all over the country. Each year, film and television production activity takes place in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico..

To find out more about the film and television industry’s impact on specific states, just click on the state in which you are interested. Additional information and updates can be found at the state’s film commission website….


Stanley Rubin, Writer-Producer of TV, Film, Dies at 96

Writer-producer Stanley Rubin, whose wide range of credits included classic film noir “The Narrow Margin,” Marilyn Monroe-Robert Mitchum Western “River of No Return,” TV series “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” and Clint Eastwood’s 1990 feature “White Hunter Black Heart,” died Sunday at his home above the Sunset Strip. He was 96.

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Austin, TX – Filmmaker Resources

Planning to film in Austin? You’ll find everything you need to get started right here. The Austin Film Commission has organized some essential tools to help productions stay schedule on and on budget.

Film Discount Card
Filmmaker discounts from a number of popular local businesses.
Support Organizations
Texas filming organizations and trade unions support productions of all sizes.
Reel Tunes
Hear the local musicians who have had their music in film and television.
Continuing Education
A variety of local educational resources offering filmmaking classes and actor training.
Local Maps
Interactive and printable maps show the Austin area in great detail.
Texas Film Incentives
Get up to 22.5% cash grants from the State of Texas for your next production project.

Permits and Regulations for filming in Austin, TX

The following are permitting resources for filming in the City of Austin. No matter the crew size, if you are shooting on public property (like a street or park), a permit is required. Permits are not required to film on private property. Permits are issued by the City of Austin, not by the Austin Film Commission.

City of Austin – Public Properties
The City of Austin Economic Development Department assists with right-of-way permiting—this inculdes: city streets, sidewalks and alleys. Permits are free but you will need to provide proof of production insurance to process your request. Online permit requests can be filed at the Right of Way Management Approval Network. For further information please contact:

Jim Butler – Creative Industries Manager, City of Austin

Tracy Linder – Right of Way Management Approval Network, City of Austin

City of Austin – Public Parks
To film at City of Austin Parks—such as Zilker Park or Mount Bonnell—permitting inquiries must be made through the Parks & Recreation Department. For further information please contact:

Sonia Freeland – Event Coordinator, City of Austin – Parks & Recreation

Entertainment Industry Associations, Guilds, and Unions

California is rich with resources for filmmakers, production companies and student filmmakers.

Industry Associations and Organizations

Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Alliance of Special Effects and Pyrotechnic Operators (ASEPO)

American Cinematheque

American Film Institute

American Film Marketing Association
See: Independent Film and Television Alliance

American Society of Cinematographers

American Society of Composers, Authors & Radio Artists

Association of Independent Commercial Producers

Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers

Association of Talent Agents

California Cable and Telecommunications Association

Casting Society of America

Film Independent

Independent Film & Television Alliance

International Documentary Association

Motion Picture Association of America (MPPA)

Music Video Production Association

National Association of Theater Owners (NATO)

The Recording Academy

Set Decorator’s Society of America

Stuntmen Association

United Stuntwomen’s Association

Video Software Dealers Association

Women In Film

Guilds & Unions

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers

American Federation Musicians-Local 47

American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA)

Director’s Guild of America

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)

Location Managers Guild of America

Motion Picture Editors Guild

Motion Picture Sound Editors

Producer’s Guild of America

Screen Actor’s Guild

Teamsters – Location Managers, Drivers, Dispatchers, Autoservice Personnel, Mechanics, Couriers, Chef Drivers, Animal Trainers, Wranglers, Warehousemen

Writers Guild of America

California State Film Permits

Online Permit Application

Apply for your permit to shoot on state-owned property and track your permit status.

The California Film Commission (CFC) requires that all state permit applications must be submitted 4 business days / 96 hours (weekends and holidays are not considered business days) prior to the first prep/shoot day. Caltrans ramp and lane closures require a minimum of at least twelve (12) business days in advance of prep/shoot; freeway closures require a minimum of sixteen (16) business days.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Insurance Requirements for Filming

Beginning January 1, 2013, the CFC will require two additional insurance documents for companies applying to film on State owned or controlled property.  Click here for details.

State Permit and Monitor Fees

Information on Filming at Fred C. Nelles Facility

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding State Film Permits

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about applying for state film permits, film monitor costs, insurance, special effects permits and more!

Guide to Filming on State Property

State film permits are easily obtained by following the guidelines in this factsheet.

Filming on California Roadways – Caltrans

The California Film Commission (CFC) facilitates filming on California’s roadways through its close partnership with the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).  Working with Caltrans, the California Film Commission issues film permits for all state highways and freeways.

Film Production Safety in California

Fire Marshal Film Liaison provides hands-on assistance for pyrotechnics.

California Film Commission State Permits

Online Permit Application

Apply for your permit to shoot on state-owned property and track your permit status.

The California Film Commission (CFC) requires that all state permit applications must be submitted 4 business days / 96 hours (weekends and holidays are not considered business days) prior to the first prep/shoot day. Caltrans ramp and lane closures require a minimum of at least twelve (12) business days in advance of prep/shoot; freeway closures require a minimum of sixteen (16) business days.  Thank you for your cooperation.


Insurance Requirements for Filming

Beginning January 1, 2013, the CFC will require two additional insurance documents for companies applying to film on State owned or controlled property.  Click here for details.

State Permit and Monitor Fees

Information on Filming at Fred C. Nelles Facility

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding State Film Permits

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about applying for state film permits, film monitor costs, insurance, special effects permits and more!

Guide to Filming on State Property

State film permits are easily obtained by following the guidelines in this factsheet.

Filming on California Roadways – Caltrans

The California Film Commission (CFC) facilitates filming on California’s roadways through its close partnership with the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP).  Working with Caltrans, the California Film Commission issues film permits for all state highways and freeways.

Film Production Safety in California

Fire Marshal Film Liaison provides hands-on assistance for pyrotechnics [...]


There is a January 26th, 12PM to 6PM casting call at the Hamilton Playhouse. Shooting in Late February-early March. It is a non-union, non-paid gig. The shoot will last 3-4 days in Hamilton. This pilot is being developed and shopped by Cinemagraph Films, a Missoula-based production team with several award-winning films and commercials to their credit. It’s your opportunity to learn the basics of television acting and working with a professional crew. Several days of character development and rehearsals will be required as well. Any and all questions may be directed to Cinemagraph Films.

More information …

DK Publishing and WWE(R) Announce Global Partnership

DK Publishing and WWE announced today that they have entered into a multi-year global agreement to publish and market titles based on WWE events and WWE Superstars.

The agreement will include up to 18 DK releases over three years, including the two upcoming commemorative books WWE 50: Celebrating 50 Years of Sports Entertainment, which chronicles the company’s 50 year history and 30 Years of WrestleMania, the ultimate guide to WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza. DK will also publish a new line of children’s books focusing on the careers of John Cena(R) , Dwayne “The Rock(R) ” Johnson and other top WWE Superstars, as well as sticker books, autobiographies and various historical guides.


Independence activists use crowdfunding to dig into their supporter’s pockets

Crowdfunding has become a significant source of income for independence activists and bloggers, as they dodge disputes over rich donors, raise their own profiles and even earn a living.

It seems fitting for a political movement which enjoys challenging the mainstream for Scotland‘s independence activists and groups to use crowdfunding as a major source of money-raising.

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Spirit Awards Nominees Are Announced

Award Season Fever is about to reach epidemic proportions thanks to this morning’s announcement of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees. We are excited to reveal that the Best Feature nominees are: 12 Years a Slave, All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska.  (See the full list of nominees in all categories below.)

We’re especially thrilled this year that seven of the nominees are Film Independent Members: Neal Dodson (Producer, All Is Lost); Rose Troche (Producer, Concussion); Troche is also a Film Independent Fellow (Fast Track 2011); Michael H. Weber (Screenwriter, The Spectacular Now); Jill Soloway (Writer/Director, Afternoon Delight); Morgan Neville (Director, 20 Feet From Stardom); Julie Goldman (Producer, Gideon’s Army); and Aaron Douglas Johnston (Director, My Sister’s Quinceañera).

Now comes the fun part: the big vote—don’t forget: only Film Independent Members vote; join by December 6 to cast your vote— and, of course, the big show on March 1.


Best Feature
12 Years a Slave, All Is Lost, Frances Ha, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska

Best Director
Shane Carruth, Upstream Color; J.C. Chandor; All Is Lost; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; Jeff Nichols, Mud; Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Best Screenplay
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine; Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater Before Midnight; Nicole Holofcener Enough Said; Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, The Spectacular Now; John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Best First Feature
Blue Caprice, Director/Producer: Alexandre Moors; Producers: Kim Jackson, Brian O’Carroll, Isen Robbins, Will Rowbotham, Ron Simons, Aimee Schoof, Stephen Tedeschi; Concussion, Director: Stacie Passon, Producer: Rose Troche; Fruitvale Station, Director: Ryan Coogler; Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker; Una Noche, Director/Producer: Lucy Mulloy, Producers: Sandy Pérez Aguila, Maite Artieda, Daniel Mulloy, Yunior Santiago; Wadjda, Director: Haifaa Al Mansour, Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

Best First Screenplay
Lake Bell, In A World; Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Don Jon; Bob Nelson, Nebraska; Jill Soloway, Afternoon Delight; Michael Starrbury, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

John Cassavetes Award (best feature made for under $500,000)
Computer Chess, Writer/Director: Andrew Bujalski, Producers: Houston King & Alex Lipschultz; Crystal Fairy, Writer/Director: Sebastiàn Silva, Producers: Juan de Dios Larraín & Pablo Larraín; Museum Hours, Writer/Director: Jem Cohen, Producers: Paolo Calamita & Gabriele Kranzelbinder; Pit Stop, Writer/Director: Yen Tan, Writer: David Lowery, Producers: Jonathan Duffy, James M. Johnston, Eric Steele, Kelly Williams; This is Martin Bonner, Writer/Director: Chad Hartigan, Producer: Cherie Saulter

Best Female Lead
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Julie Delpy, Before Midnight; Gaby Hoffmann, Crystal Fairy; Brie Larson, Short Term 12; Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now

Best Male Lead
Bruce Dern, Nebraska; Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave; Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis; Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club; Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Best Supporting Female
Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station; Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine; Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave; Yolonda Ross, Go For Sisters; June Squibb, Nebraska 

Best Supporting Male
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave; Will Forte, Nebraska; James Gandolfini, Enough Said; Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club; Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12

Best Cinematography
Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave; Benoit Debie, Spring Breakers; Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis; Frank G. DeMarco, All Is Lost; Matthias Grunsky, Computer Chess

Best Editing
Shane Carruth & David Lowery, Upstream Color; Jem Cohen & Marc Vives, Museum Hours; Jennifer Lame, Frances Ha; Cindy Lee, Una Noche; Nat Sanders, Short Term 12

Best Documentary
20 Feet From Stardom, Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen & Caitrin Rogers; After Tiller, Directors/Producers: Martha Shane & Lana Wilson; Gideon’s Army, Director/Producer: Dawn Porter, Producer: Julie Goldman; The Act of Killing, Director/Producer: Joshua Oppenheimer, Producers: Joram Ten Brink, Christine Cynn, Anne Köhncke, Signe Byrge Sørensen, Michael Uwemedimo, The Square, Director: Jehane Noujaim, Producer: Karim Amer

Best International Film
A Touch of Sin, (China), Director: Jia Zhang-Ke; Blue is the Warmest Color, (France), Director: Abdellatif Kechiche; Gloria, (Chile), Director: Sebastián Lelio; The Great Beauty, (Italy), Director: Paolo Sorrentino; The Hunt, (Denmark), Director: Thomas Vinterberg

17th Annual Piaget Producers Award
Toby Halbrooks & James M. Johnston, Jacob Jaffke, Andrea Roa, Frederick Thornton

20th Annual Someone To Watch Award
My Sister’s Quinceañera, Director: Aaron Douglas Johnston; Newlyweeds, Director: Shaka King; The Foxy Merkins, Director: Madeline Olnek

19th Annual Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award
Kalyanee Mam, A River Changes Course; Jason Osder, Let the Fire Burn; Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, Manakamana

Robert Altman Award
Mud, Director: Jeff Nichols, Casting Director: Francine Maisler, Ensemble Cast:  Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon

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14th Annual CAPE New Writers Fellowship is now officially open for submissions!

Attention writers! Do you have material, but need some guidance on how to successfully pitch your project? CAPE New Writers Fellowship is the perfect program for you.

  • 2 submission categories: Film and Television*
  • Up to 10 fellows will be selected
  • Fellows will receive:
    • $1,000 stipend per Writer or Writing Team
    • Intensive 11-session curriculum with industry professionals in Los Angeles from March to April (all finalists must be attend all classes and lab sessions)
    • Exclusive opportunities to meet with successful entertainment agents, managers, producers, and executives

    Read more here ….

James Cameron Getting 25% Tax Rebate to Film Avatar Sequels in New Zealand

Liberal filmmaker James Cameron is estimated to be worth $700 million.

Despite this fortune, it was announced Monday that he will be producing the next three installments of his successful “Avatar” movie in New Zealand.

It was also announced Monday that New Zealand is changing its tax incentive structure for films made in the country making Cameron eligible for 25 percent in rebates.


Incentives Watch: Enough Credit? A Look Back at Significant Developments in 2013

As the year comes to a close, it’s always nice to take a look back at the important state tax credit issues that arose during the past 12 months.  The year started out with the ‘fiscal cliff’ and its associated drama.  In the end, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), which extended tax incentives for alternative energy producers.  The credit for wind energy facilities was extended another year to Jan. 1, 2014.

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‘Alive’ Director: Blackfeet Thought Rez Drug Abuse Story ‘Needed to Be Told”

The music video for Chase & Status’ dance track “Alive,” directed by Welsh filmmaker Josh Cole, has inspired a tremendous reaction from Indian country. Just read through the comments on the ICTMN facebook page and you’ll get the picture — some viewers have praised the clip for its tale of drug abuse on the rez and spiritual redemption, while others feel it’s exploitative and disrespectful of the ceremonies it depicts.  The video, which shows dramatized drug use, crime and ceremony, was shot on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Cole has received considerable attention in Indian Country.


Productions NPI Entertainment Payroll Services

NPI offers our entertainment payroll services to ALL entertainment productions and we tailor our services to fit your needs.  NPI offers Employer of Record Services for an array of production and event types, both union and non-union, and we are nationwide:

  • Actors, stage managers, stage hands and crew for live performance, theatrical productions, musicals, trade shows and dance events
  • Actors and crew for feature films, independent films and low budget movies
  • Theatrical residual payments
  • Sessions payments for television & radio for actors, and announcers
  • Sound editors and animators, directors, writers and producers
  • Crew for television shoots, films, tradeshows and events
  • Extras for film and television
  • Residuals for television & radio including holding fee tracking and residuals
  • Staff, clerical and temporary employees for entertainment based companies
  • General crew including costume designers, editors, drivers, stage designers, carpenters, electricians, playwrights, orchestra members, conductors, bands, musicians, makeup artists, caterers, riggers, special effects, and many many more …

Contact NPI Entertainment Payroll

Contacting NPI Entertainment Payroll, Inc. for information or questions is simple…

If you are interested in our payroll services for your next production please call 818.566.7878 or complete our estimate request form.

For all other inquiries or questions, check out our questions page or call us at 818.566.7878.

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Burbank, CA

2550 Hollywood Way, Suite 430, Burbank, CA 91505

Phone: 818.566.7878 or toll free 866.296.2267 / fax: 818.566.7879

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1354 Airport Rd, Kalispell, MT 59901

Phone: 406.752.6698 or toll free 866.296.2267/ fax: 818.566.7879

The NPI Entertainment Payroll Difference

So, what really makes NPI different?

At NPI our mission is “100% customer satisfaction with 100% accuracy through ethical and professional  business practices”.

This means getting it right for you the first time, every time. You will receive service that is above and beyond  industry standards for all areas of your payroll.

Our clients remind us that the immediate and ongoing support we provide to them, ultimately reducing their overall cost and liability, is most beneficial to them.

They also state they have peace of mind when NPI is engaged in the process, knowing everything will be handled correctly for them.


Why Choose a Paymaster like NPI?

Are you not certain if a paymaster like NPI is right for you?  Continue reading to understand the benefits of using NPI over a basic check cutting service or handling payroll in-house.

The role NPI takes for productions is a little different.  A production would use an outsourced payroll company for different reasons and it really depends on you, your resources, and what is important to you.  Are you just looking for someone to cut the checks (check cutting service, accountant, or in-house payroll dept) and you yourselves will retain the liability for the labor laws surrounding your payroll processing, payroll taxes, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and pension reporting  etc, or are you looking for the removal of your liability and to pass that liability over to a paymaster (like NPI) by way of our “employer of record service” for labor laws surrounding your payroll processing, payroll taxes, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance and pension reporting?  All of these determine what system your production would choose – whether a paymaster (like NPI), or a pay check cutting service, accountant, or in-house payroll dept.

Employer of Record Services

To lower your liability and to create better efficiency for your production, you will want to hire an entertainment payroll company that offers employer of record services.

For you, a basic definition of “Employer of Record Services” is:  I don’t have to file the payroll taxes, my liability is zero, I don’t have to produce W2’s, if there is an issue with a check I don’t have to do anything, if I am working with a union I don’t have to worry about anything, NPI will handle all pension, health welfare and dues; final cast lists reporting and payments.

Additionally, NPI will handle unemployment issues and workers’ compensation issues.  Unemployment issues and workers’ compensation issues are no longer your concern, nor are you liable.


NPI Entertainment Payroll Services

Here at NPI, your production matters!

Partnering with NPI will ensure those pesky (but important) payroll, payroll taxes and quarterlies, pension reporting and final cast list details are all handled for you, efficiently and correctly.

We offer our service to all types of entertainment based companies.  To lower your liability and to create better efficiency for your production, you will want to hire a payroll company that offers Employer of Record Services.

Are you not certain if a paymaster like NPI is right for you?  Click to understand the “The benefits of using NPI over a basic check cutting service or handling payroll in-house”.


10 Myths about Making it in the Entertainment Industry

Executive at a studio-based film production company, Jenny Yerrick Martin lists off 10 often heard myths given to those trying to get a career in the Entertainment industry.


It seems like a smart idea. Plotting out every step to your destination is a way of making sure you don’t take any unnecessary detours, right? But it’s like saying, “Wait until you know how you’re going to get your first feature film released wide in theaters before you pick up a camera.” If you do this, you will probably never begin. Instead, go until you hit a roadblock. You will have resources and knowledge that you don’t have now- and you might find you never hit a real roadblock.


You want to be known in the business. So be the guy who tells everyone how it’s done even if they don’t ask, the one who doesn’t back down in an argument, the one who does everyone’s job because he’s just so hungry to make it. That sounds like someone you’d want to hire or work with, right? Wrong. A lot of people would consider that guy a nuisance, not an asset, and it only takes one person vetoing you for you to miss out on a sought-after job. Be the one who offers help, who gets their job done, who everyone thinks is amazing. “I know the perfect person!” they will say if they hear about a position or a project you’d be right for. They will be right.

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Who is NPI Entertainment Payroll?

npi CREWNPI is an entertainment payroll company that offers “employer of record” production payroll services. EOR services are designed to lower your payroll processing liability and create higher efficiency for your production.

For over 25 years NPI has been a leader in entertainment payroll processing, offering our services to all types of entertainment based companies including production crews for -

Feature & independent films including sessions, residuals, cast, crew and extras; Theatrical & live performance for theatres, touring and broadway shows; Television and radio sessions, residuals and holding fees for talent and extras; Trade show, event and convention crews and talent

We service both union productions including SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, Teamsters, DGA, PGA, WGA, and Actors Equity.  We also service all non-union production types and we are nationwide!

Contact NPI Entertainment Payroll today for a confidential estimate for your next production.  Click here to complete the estimate request form or call us at 818.566.7878 / 866.296.2267 to discuss your production.

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2014 Gracies Call for Entries

Early Bird Rates Expire Friday, December 6 At Midnight PST
To be eligible, payment and entry information must be submitted via our online system at that time.

Hard copy materials can arrive no later than Wedneday, December 11.

 The Gracie Awards encourages the realistic and faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news and other programs. 

Entry Site and Categories All entries must be submitted through our entry site, where we also provide category listings and prices. We are pleased to now offer Interactive Media entry types, as well as new categories in both Television and Radio.

KPBS Staff in San Diego Vote to Recognize SAG-AFTRA as Their Union

Staff at KPBS public radio and television in San Diego voted to join 165,000 media and entertainment professionals in recognizing  SAG-AFTRA as their union.

The new bargaining unit will cover 55 public media professionals who  produce, report, host, and present content for television, radio, and  the internet. This election allows them to move forward to negotiate a  first contract.

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Study reveals potential $10 million loss without film incentive

New Hanover County could see an estimated loss of more than $10 million in tax revenue if the state’s film incentive expires at the end of 2014, according to initial findings of a study released Monday.

The study, commissioned in September by the Wilmington Regional Film Commission with the assistance of other state entities, is being conducted by researchers at N.C. State University and looks at the financial impact of the film industry in the state. The current film incentive, which has a “sunset” expiration date at the end of 2014, gives qualifying productions a 25 percent refundable tax credit on money spent on certain services in the state.


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Executive Director of Women in Film & Video DC Melissa Houghton Joins Reel Talk

The DC Film Office interviews Melissa Houghton, executive director of Women in Film & Video of Washington, D.C. (WIFV) to talk about her organization and the media industry in D.C. She gives pertinent advice to those women and men who are working as media professionals in the District of Columbia.

TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest

Students, submit your film for a chance to walk the Red Carpet at DIFF & more!

We’re excited to announce that the TXU Energy Light Up the Red Carpet Student Film Contest is back!

TXU Energy invites Texas high school and college students to answer the question: what does energy mean to you? Electricity is literally the power behind our texts, our calls, our entertainment and our work. Share your vision of how we’ll use electricity in the future, illustrate how electricity inspires us or show the power that electricity has to change a moment or change a life.

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Georgia-filmed productions generate $3.3 billion in 2013

Georgia-filmed productions generate $3.3 billion in 2013

By Michael Hunter, Staff writer

The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), announced today that feature films and televisions projects filmed in the state of Georgia generated an economic impact of $3.3 billion during the fiscal year 2013.

“The economic impact goes well beyond the productions themselves,” said GDEcD commissioner Chris Carr, in a statement. Carr noted that film productions spent $933.9 million in Georgia in the last year. “With 11 soundstage facilities locating in Georgia, and more than 70 film-related companies locating or expanding here, this industry is creating jobs for Georgians,” he said.

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Preserving Your Film in the Digital Age

When: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Film Independent Office
Address: 9911 W Pico Blvd 11th Fl Los Angeles, CA 90035
Who: Members +1
Cost: Free for Film Independent Members

It’s a common misconception among filmmakers that their work is forever safe in the digital age. But nothing could be further from the truth. Digital assets have a shelf life that’s much shorter than traditional celluloid.


Beachwood High School student wins at International Student Film Festival Hollywood

BEACHWOOD, Ohio – She is only 16 years old, but Beachwood High School junior Maria Alvarez is already making her mark on the international film world.

Beachwood High School junior Maria Alvarez’s short film, “Difference of Opinion,” was the winner in the Best High School Experimental Film category at the International Student Film Festival Hollywood on Oct. 27 in California.

“I was totally shocked because this is the first big festival that I’ve ever entered,” Alvarez said. “I’ve been going to festivals to see movies and it’s so weird to think of mine actually being screened at one.”


The Minimum Wage Should Be Raised

Some 47 million Americans live in poverty, and a key reason is the decline of the minimum wage.

First established under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the nationwide minimum wage was designed to lift millions of American workers out of poverty and to stimulate the economy. Unfortunately, however, it was not indexed to inflation, and big businesses — hostile from the start — fought, often successfully, to prevent congressional action to raise it. As a result, over the past 40 years, the purchasing power of the minimum wage has fallen sharply. If Congress had kept the minimum wage in pace with inflation over this period, it would today be $10.74. But, in fact, it is $7.25 — about two-thirds of its previous purchasing power.

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Paying workers with debit cards isn’t as easy as it seems

Most employers long ago started encouraging employees to ditch paper checks in favor of direct deposit. Now more employers are pushing their workers to receive pay via debit cards—called paycards—that work just like ATM bank cards.

Trouble is, not all employees want to be paid that way—and the law is often on their side.

THE LAW: Federal law requires employers that wish to pay employees with paycards to provide alternatives. Those alternatives often depend on state payroll laws.

Employees must consent to paycards in California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.

Employers in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia may mandate paycard use, with some restrictions.


Calderon scandal puts film credit in the spotlight

California’s relatively young TV and motion picture tax-credit program helped produce “Moneyball,” the exploration of pro baseball’s business side. Credits went to “We Bought a Zoo,” the Matt Damon comedy about a family’s foray into zoo ownership.

But perhaps the highest-profile production claiming the tax break was “Argo,” the 2012 rescue drama centered on a government agent posing as a movie producer.

Now the film credit has a marquee role in an “Argo”-esque Capitol bribery scandal involving an FBI agent posing as a film studio owner. Last week, cable news channel Al Jazeera America released an FBI affidavit, filed under seal in U.S. District Court, that detailed a sting targeting state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello. Calderon allegedly received $60,000 in bribes from the agent in return for pushing legislation to make low-budget independent films eligible for the credit.

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