the team company
Where Creative Industries
Get Down To Business™

About us

The TEAM Companies’ comprehensive payroll and business affairs solutions offer behind-the-scenes support for the advertising, music, and entertainment communities

Who We Are​

The TEAM Companies was founded in 1992 as TEAM with a strong foundation in employer of record payroll for the advertising & entertainment industries. Since that time we have established ourselves as a knowledge driven organization, expanding our subject matter expertise and offerings to fully support the business behind the conception, production, and distribution of advertising and entertainment projects ranging from broadcast television commercials and fashion photography to music recording and global concert tours.

In 2009, we began our on-going process of evolving our company to be a more comprehensive provider of business services, expertise and technology to our advertising and entertainment clients

Why We are the Right Choice

Payroll Services

where the left brain pays the right brain

The union agreements, labor laws and employment tax codes that govern paying actors, models, directors, singers, writers, musicians, recording artists, crew and others working in advertising, music, concert tours, and other entertainment ventures are numerous and complex.

Talent Payroll

There are many details to contend with when hiring performers for advertising and entertainment projects. Is the project under union jurisdiction? If so, what agreement does it fall under? What media is being used to distribute the project? Where will it be shown?

Print Payroll

Historically print models and many print production crew members have been hired as independent contractors, regardless of labor law requirements to the contrary.

Production Payroll

Whether you’re producing TV Commercials, Web Content, Print Ads, Live Events or Video Games getting freelance crew, visual effects artists, animators and graphic designers paid properly can be a challenge.


Music Payroll

For over 20 years major & independent record labels, film & television studios, and recording studios that produce music ranging from phonographic recordings by known artists to jingles for advertising have relied on The TEAM Companies to manage the payroll of singers, musicians, composers, and music preparation personnel.

Tours Payroll

From A-List performers playing to sold-out venues to up-and-coming bands on their first concert tour, for more than 20 years artists and their managers have trusted The TEAM Companies to manage the payroll for musicians, singers, crew and staff working on national and global concert tours.


we cross the “t’s” and dot the “i’s” in the production of creative content

The most brilliant idea can stall in its tracks if the behind-the-scenes business support is insufficient. Every creative asset, whether it is a commercial, a web series, or a live event has components that require:


Talent Business Affairs​

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Traffic And Network Clearance​

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Production Business Management ​

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The Corporate/LLC Indemnification Agreement is a standard form used in the entertainment industry when performers or crew people ask to be paid via a corporation with no payroll taxes withheld. The purpose of the Indemnification Agreement is to confirm that the payee is an officer of the corporation and the corporation will be responsible for applicable employer and employee payroll taxes, and will indemnify the payroll company and its clients from any claims or liabilities regarding the applicable payroll taxes.

Anyone who would like to be paid via a personal services corporation with no payroll taxes withheld will need to submit the following paperwork:

  • W-9
  • Indemnification
  • Agreement
    Articles of Incorporation

Your corporation must be incorporated (an “inc.” entity) or a limited liability company (LLC) in good standing in the state or states where you are working to qualify for your payment to be processed through the corporation. Sole Proprietorship’s and Partnerships do not qualify to be paid as corporations and need not submit this paperwork. Talent Agencies are not required to submit this paperwork, either.

When a worker is paid via a Corporation, the Corporation assumes responsibility for applicable employer and employee payroll taxes and the compensation is paid to the Corporation with no payroll taxes withheld. The Corporate/LLC Indemnification Agreement confirms that you are an officer of the Corporation and that the Corporation is assuming this responsibility and will indemnify TEAM and its clients for any claims regarding the payroll taxes.

Only officers can enter into agreements on behalf of the corporation and assume the payroll tax obligations on the corporation’s behalf.

If you choose not to submit the Corporate/LLC Indemnification Agreement, TEAM will be unable to process payments via your Corporation and you will be required to submit a W-4 so that payments can be processed for you as an individual. Please note that if TEAM does not receive the Indemnification Agreement or a W-4 for you, per IRS requirements, we will be required to process payments to you based on “Single/Zero” withholding.

8. I’ve been paid by TEAM through my Corporation for many years. Do I still have to submit the Indemnification Agreement and Articles of Incorporation?