March 13, 2008

Entertainment Partners

Gift Funds High-Tech Production Lab

By James Tella

Entertainment Partners (EP), the largest provider of production management services in the entertainment industry for more than 30 years, will provide students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts with state-of-the-art production management training thanks to a new 10-year partnership agreement and a technical and financial gift to create a high-tech production lab in the new Cinematic Arts complex.
"The organizational process behind any film or television project is incredibly complex and daunting,” said Dean Elizabeth M. Daley. “Thanks to Entertainment Partners, however, our students will work with industry-standard scheduling and budgeting programs that will streamline the process. As a result, they will spend less time on logistics and more time on great productions."
Along with the Entertainment Partners Production Management Lab that will be housed in the school's new 137,000 square-foot Cinematic Arts Complex, EP's contributions include computer hardware and software equipment, textbooks, tutorials and other computer systems that will be incorporated into the newly established study lab. The partnership between the school and EP also includes upgrades, student scholarships and yearly maintenance required on equipment facilities 

"Entertainment Partners has a strong interest in the development of upcoming filmmakers," added EP CEO and President Markham L. Goldstein. “We are honored and extremely excited to participate in the creation of this world-class training facility."

Headquartered in Burbank, EP is a 100 percent employee-owned company that provides a full range of services and products to maximize efficiencies in payroll processing, production incentive consultation and implementation, production accounting, film budgeting and scheduling, background casting through its Central Casting division, and other productivity solutions for the production community