Movie, TV payroll a unique world

Every film shoot is like a new payroll implementation
By Shannon Klie
|CHRR, Report on Payroll|Last Updated: 09/12/2005

Imagine paying out millions of dollars in payroll to hundreds, or even thousands, of employees over a six week period. Now imagine that each employee has a slightly different collective bargaining agreement and you might begin to understand what payroll is like in the film and television industry.

“Because we have to pay on a weekly basis, it would just be a nightmare (to do it on our own),” said Vay Trong, manager of production accounting at Toronto-based Fireworks Entertainment.

That’s why Fireworks and other Canadian and American film studios outsource the payroll for their larger productions to companies that specialize in the niche market of entertainment payroll.