How TPI Works

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Talent Paymaster, Inc. is the south’s leading paymaster for television, motion picture, commercial, industrial, documentary, and theatrical projects.

We take care of:

  • Assistance in estimating talent costs.
  • Payments to the talent.
  • Tracking cycle expiration dates.
  • All state and federal withholdings and filings.
  • Making Pension & Health contributions.
  • Quarterly reports.
  • W-2 or 1099 statements at the end of the year.
  • We are the employer of record.

The Bottom Line

Regarding our costs, the bottom line for estimating rates for talent payroll generally is the rate plus 37.59%. for Broadcast, and the rate plus 36.29% for Industrials.  This includes all federal and state taxes, SAG-AFTRA Pension & Health contributions, and TPI’s paymaster fee.*

For more information on SAG-AFTRA rates, rules and regulations please visit

*Click here for the latest rate sheets for Broadcast Rates SAG-AFTRA 2013-16 and Industrial Codes 2013.