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

  • Antidote Sony Pictures
  • At Home with Amy Sedaris True TV
  • Blindspot Warner Brothers
  • Body Cam Paramount Pictures
  • Central Park Five Union NetFlix
  • Chicago Fire Universal Studios
  • Chicago Med Universal Studios
  • Empire Twentieth Century Fox
  • FBI Universal Studios
  • Gotham Warner Brothers
  • Jungle Cruise Disney
  • Little Women Sony Pictures
  • Orange is the New Black NetFlix
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel CBS
  • Timmy Failure Disney
  • Big Little Lies HBO
  • Call of the Wild Fox Productions
  • 13 Reasons Why Paramount Pictures
  • 17 Bridges STX Entertainment
  • Annabelle 2 Warner Brothers
  • Beyond Independent Production
  • Big Island Organics Independent Production
  • Black Lightning Warner Brothers
  • Brairpatch Independent Production
  • Brooklyn Independent Production
  • Carlin Films - Art Van Chicago Launch Independent Production
  • Chicago PD Universal Studios
  • Creative Thoughts Hartbeat Production
  • Crime ABC
  • Dolly Parton Theater Independent Production
  • Dynasty Independent Production
  • ERM Independent Production
  • Evil Lives Here Independent Production
  • God Friended Me Warner Brothers
  • Island Plaza Paramount Pictures
  • Jessica Jones - Violet ABC
  • Le Mans 66 Twentieth Century Fox
  • Life On Earth Fox Productions
  • Manifest Warner Brothers
  • Metered Murder Swirl Films
  • Mindhunter NetFlix
  • Panasonic Ruckus Independent Production
  • Panic Independent Production
  • RagTag ABC
  • Raising Dion NetFlix
  • Romeo - NY Warner Brothers
  • Secrets of the Salon Swirl Films
  • Shattered Independent Production
  • Shrill Warner Brothers
  • Spin Master Pimple Pete Independent Production
  • Tales of the City Universal Studios
  • Woman In The Window Fox Productions
  • The Last Man F/X Networks
  • Coins For Christmas Swirl Films
  • Dead of Winter Independent Production
  • Echo Combat Independent Production
  • Erase Universal Studios
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  • Shameless Warner Brothers
  • Life Size Disney
  • Magic Hour Warner Brothers
  • Boss Level ABC
  • Claws Warner Brothers
  • Creed II MGM
  • Evil Live Here Independent Production
  • Magic Hour Warner Brothers
  • Rogue Warfare Independent Production
  • Goosebumps: Slappy Halloween Sony Pictures
  • Instant Family Paramount Pictures
  • Kick Marvel
  • Lego II Warner Brothers
  • Ronald Paramount Pictures
  • Smallfoot Warner Brothers
  • SpongeBob Squarepants Paramount Pictures
  • Lovecraft Country HBO
  • The Haunting of Hill House Paramount Pictures
  • Wine Country NetFlix
  • Legend Quest Anima Estudios
  • Little Universal Studios
  • Mary Lou Pinewood Atlanta
  • Snakebite Independent Production
  • Super Intelligence Warner Brothers
  • Tall Tales Independent Production
  • The Righteous Gemstones Independent Production
  • Tyson's Run Independent Production
  • Wonderland NetFlix
  • 911 Independent Production
  • Better Life Independent Production
  • Blue Print Launch Still Films
  • Chandler Family Getaway Independent Production
  • Crime ABC
  • Emperor Independent Production
  • First Part Last Independent Production
  • Mindshare Gummies Independent Production
  • Moulin Rouge Independent Production
  • Rich King Independent Production
  • The Turkey Bowl Make It Take It Productions
  • Beats NetFlix
  • Homecoming Universal Studios
  • Mrs. Fletcher - Pilot HBO
  • My Father's Keeper Swirl Films
  • Scorned Swirl Films
  • The One & Only Ivan Disney
  • Uncle Orange Independent Production
  • What Men Want Paramount Pictures
  • 2 Minutes of Fame Lions Gate
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“Entrust your payroll services with EMS where you are not
just a number. Numbers belong on checks.”