Thank you for visiting Entertainment Media Specialists.

Founded in 2006 Entertainment Media Specialists has rapidly proven itself as a superior force in the entertainment payroll industry. EMS is on the cutting edge of entertainment payroll with their complete understanding of a production from a financial viewpoint while being able to get out of the box and be creative thinkers.

EMS is a unique enterprise which offers a complete service while providing extensive expertise. This allows EMS the ability to provide the finest level of client service which is first rate among the major studios and the independents while affording a personalized custom experience. We pride ourselves on commitment, prestige and the learned skill of listening to clients needs.

Our Services

Administrator of Record

We act as the administrator of record for your production as part of a co-employment relationship. We process your payroll under the governing labor laws that apply. We provide full tax administration, workers comp coverage and unemployment claims management.

Time Sheets

We work with your production team to collect time sheets and calculate every employee's paycheck. Everything is reviewed and signed off before any payments are made.

Employer Compliance

We help gather and collect all the documents that you are required to have for employees by law such as I-9's, W-4's and supporting documentation.

Payroll Computation

We handle all of the required computations as required by Federal and State law, such as deductions, tax withholdings, and whatever else may be required for your production.


We make sure that only legitimate pay checks are honored. We go through great lengths working with our proprietary technology and banks to make sure that funds never get into the wrong hands.


We provide e-verification to any productions that are required to do so upon their request.

24 - 48 Hour Payroll Turnaround

We provide fast turnaround utilizing our proprietary technology and trained staff. This allows your production team to have real time financial data when it comes to payroll and it ensures that employees are paid timely.

Workers' Compensation Insurance

We provide top rated insurance coverage for the employees while they are working on your production. In the event of an injury we file all paperwork and manage the claims process.

Labor Relations

We navigate the intricacies of the Unions and Guilds to ensure all calculations and payments are made accurately and in a timely manner under all union guidelines. This facilitates the Union member's dues to be handled correctly and appropriately.

Year-End Reporting

Once year end comes around, we prepare and maintain all mandatory paperwork to assure your production is in compliance. We also prepare and distribute the employees W-2's and 1099's.

Customized Reporting

All clients have different preferences and requirements. Our proprietary technology and expertise allows us to customize reports for our clients and their team the way they want it and the way they need it.

Tax Incentive Reporting

EMS provides information, direction and the facts on these complex issues comprehensively and 
efficiently. We keep a pulse on updates and changes in state legislation allowing us to provide you with the most current and real time developments.

Credits - Film and Television

In Production

  • Teen Wolf MTV
  • Power STARZ
  • Terminator - Genesis SKYDANCE
  • Black Mass WARNER BROS
  • Satisfaction NBC
  • Daredevil MARVEL
  • Get Hard WARNER BROS
  • Girls HBO
  • Trainwreck UNIVERSAL
  • Woody Allen Project PERDIDO
  • Southpaw WEINSTEIN CO.
  • Antman MARVEL
  • Superman 2 WARNER BROS.
  • Bessie HBO FILMS
  • Forever WORNER BROS.
  • Better Call Saul SONY TV
  • Being Mary Jane BET
  • Gortimer Gibbons AMAZON
  • Hysteria NBC
  • The Intern WARNER BROS
  • Boardwalk Empire HBO
  • Insurgent LIONSGATE
  • Banshee HBO
  • Flesh And Bone STARZ
  • Orange Is The New Black LIONSGATE
  • Getting On HBO
  • Longest Ride FOX
  • Survivors Remorse STARZ
  • Ride Along 2 UNIVERSAL
  • Alpha House AMAZON
  • Triple Nine SIERRA
  • Selma PATHE
  • My All America NINE LAYER
  • Sense8 NETFLIX
  • Jane's Got A Gun EXCLUSIVE MEDIA
  • Whitney Houston SILVER SCREEN
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  • Fast And Furious 7 UNIVERSAL
  • Teen Wolf MTV
  • Togetherness HBO
  • Veep HBO
  • Captain America MARVEL
  • The Judge WARNER BROS
  • Eastbound & Down HBO
  • Blended WARNER BROS
  • Million Dollar Arm DISNEY
  • Planet Of The Apes FOX
  • Endless Love UNIVERSAL
  • Wild Ride UNIVERSAL
  • This Is Where I Leave You WARNER BROS
  • Smash Season 2 NBC
  • Ten QED INTL
  • Heat FOX
  • Zero Hour ABC
  • Old Boy 40 ACRES
  • Motor City EMMETT/FURLA
  • Monday Mornings TNT
  • Safe Haven RELATIVITY
  • Dead Man Down IM GLOBAL
  • Breaking Bad SONY TELEVISION
  • The Last Stand LIONSGATE
  • Enlightened HBO
  • Rag Tag ABC
  • Mockingjay LIONSGATE
  • Night Shift SONY TV
  • The Black Box ABC
  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2 MGM
  • Untitled Michael Mann LEGENDARY
  • Let's Be Cops FOX
  • Jupiter Ascending WARNER BROS
  • Divergent LIONSGATE
  • Need For Speed DREAM WORKS
  • Draft Day LIONSGATE
  • Magic City STARZ
  • Catching Fire LIONSGATE
  • We're The Millers WARNER BROS
  • Percy Jackson FOX
  • Do No Harm NBC
  • Homefront NU IMAGE
  • Scary Movie 5 DIMENSION FILMS
  • Ironman 3 MARVEL
  • Out Of The Furnace RELATIVITY
  • Liz & Dick LIFETIME
  • Olympus Has Fallen NU IMAGE
  • Now You See Me SUMMIT
  • In Plain Sight NBC PRODUCTIONS
  • Ender's Game ODD LOT
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“Entrust your payroll services with EMS where you are not
just a number. Numbers belong on checks.”