Wow, it looks like that guy is straight out of Central Casting. Who hasn’t heard that expression used to describe someone whose appearance matches his job? Central Casting, however, is an actual Hollywood
business that hires extras for a range of studio productions; the
90-year-old concern is just one of several services run by Burbank,
California-based Entertainment Partners.
And while most of the excitement in Hollywood centers on the set
of film and television production, it’s what goes on behind the scenes
that enables the cameras to keep rolling.
Entertainment Partners handles everything from payroll and benefits for cameramen, set designers and other crew to a host of financial
services for the production houses themselves.
“We work with all the major studios—every division from feature
film to television and commercials,” the company’s CEO, Mark Goldstein, tells MMG, citing clients such as Lion’s Gate and Amazon to a
host of independent studios.
Entertainment Partners, which turns 40 this year, is 100 percent
employee owned and classified as an ESOP. It has four major business
areas: besides casting so-called background actors and processing
payroll, it manages tax incentives such as the most tax-friendly cities to film in and offers technology solutions including the ability for
contract workers to fill out their employment forms online. The business depends on 1,100 corporate employees in 14 offices throughout the
Mark Goldstein joined Entertainment
Partners in 2002 and, in 2004, led
its transition from a privately held
company to a 100 percent employ-ee-owned organization. He has a
long history with the company, having previously worked as consultant
to the business for more than 13
years at Deloitte and Touche. Prior
to becoming CEO, he was partner
in charge of Deloitte’s Los Angeles
Lead Tax Services Group. Goldstein has led successful efforts to
change legislation on behalf of the
industry, garnering support from the
government as well as the industry’s
unions, guilds and major studios.
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MARK GOLDSTEIN // President and CEO, Entertainment Partners
Entertainment Partners Sets
the Stage for Hollywood