The Story of KAT, the AI-Powered Assistant for Talent and Production Business Affairs

NEWS payroll The Story of KAT, the AI-Powered Assistant for Talent and Production Business Affairs 05-21-2019In conjunction with Equals 3, we are developing KAT AI, the industry’s first AI-powered assistant for talent and production business affairs. As The TEAM Companies COO Greg Smith says, this type of artificial intelligence “solves a problem businesses have been grappling with for years—how to effectively manage all of the information living across different systems and file types.” With the help of our subject matter experts, KAT AI is becoming a tool to help our team respond to client questions as quickly and efficiently as possible. Read on for more of KAT’s story.
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IHAF Webinar: Got Rights? Securing Proper Permissions & Releases

NEWS payroll IHAF Webinar: Got Rights? Securing Proper Permissions & Releases 03-18-2019The TEAM Companies are excited to announce we will be anchoring the latest In-House Agency Forum webinar “Got Rights? Securing Proper Permissions & Releases.” Our TTC participants will include COO Greg Smith, Senior VP/Business Affairs Rori Floyd, and VP/Marketing & Corporate Communications Mark Egmon. We’ll explore the most effective ways to maximize a budget when it comes to acquiring rights. We’ll also cover how to minimize the risk of getting hit with costly fines due to using music, photos and images of actors, models and real people.Our TTC presenters, along with our guest speakers from Fixer Partners, will share their valuable firsthand experiences with rights management. The webinar will take place Thursday, March 21st, at 1 PM Eastern. Register here!
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Upcoming TTC University Webinar: Hiring Extras For SAG-AFTRA Commercials

NEWS payroll Upcoming TTC University Webinar: Hiring Extras For SAG-AFTRA Commercials 02-20-2019We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our next TTC University topic: “Hiring Extras For SAG-AFTRA Commercials.” Sessions will be held Tuesday, February 26th and again on Thursday, February 28th.Each session will be held from 12pm-1:15pm EST / 11am-12:15pm CST / 9am-10:15am PST. Please join us for a discussion with TTC experts covering many topics, including:Unique terms which only apply to ExtrasDos & Dont’sEmployment Zones and PreferenceClick here to register for a webinar session. We hope you can make it!
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Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave Update

NEWS payroll Washington State Paid Family and Medical Leave Update 12-21-2018While benefits will not be available to employees until January 2020, Washington state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program requires employers to start remitting premiums starting with January 2019 payrolls. The regulations require a contribution of .4% of gross wages. The premium is shared 2/3 by the employees and 1/3 by employers. Starting in January, if you hire workers in the state of Washington, you will see a charge of 1.32% of gross wages.To qualify for Paid Family and Medical Leave, employees must work 820 hours or more in the qualifying period. See Washington’s PFML site for details on the qualifying period.When qualified, Washington workers will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid family or medical leave. An additional…
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New York City – Earned Sick Time Policies Expanded

NEWS payroll New York City – Earned Sick Time Policies Expanded 11-09-2018New York City amended and expanded the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (the “ESSTA”). An updated FAQ document is available.Some of the new requirements include:Relying solely on the DCA’s Notice of Employee Rights, which must be given to new employees upon hire, is not sufficient to meet the written policy requirement.Employers must have a separate written policy that includes information on use, minimum increments of use, disciplinary policy for misuse, end of year carryover, and confidentiality requirements.Any changed or updated policies must be distributed to employees at least 14 days before they take effect.Additional details are available in the Frequently Asked Questions.Disclaimer: The information presented in this post is provided for informational purposes only and shall not be considered legal or tax…
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TTC Sponsors The Immortal Awards

NEWS payroll TTC Sponsors The Immortal Awards 11-07-2018We’re honored to be a sponsor of the inaugural Immortal Awards, held by the team at Little Black Book.  With an international panel of judges and entries from 23 different countries, the Immortal Awards are meant to applaud the creative advertising work most likely to stand the test of time.Limiting the number of entries per company and making entry free for LBB members creates a uniquely balanced playing field, with entrants ranging from big networks to independent agencies to production and post-production companies.  On Friday, appropriately the Day of the Dead, the judging panel debated the merits of a shortlist of 85 works.  With the final round of judging now complete, the winners will be announced Monday, November 12th!  You can check out…
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The TEAM Companies at ANA Masters of Marketing

NEWS payroll The TEAM Companies at ANA Masters of Marketing 10-25-2018 We’re excited to be attending the 2018 ANA Masters of Marketing Week October 24th-27th. Will you be in Orlando? We’d love to connect and share some tips on managing use of performers in the creative supply chain. Learn how to avoid costly missteps when it comes to talent and rights management in the social media- and influencer-driven landscape.Our subject matter experts and technology tools support advertisers around the clock in their handling of talent from payment authorization through asset tracking. Connect with us at info@theteamcompanies.com.  Hope to see you there!
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The TEAM Companies to Launch Industry’s First AI-Powered Assistant for Talent and Production Business Affairs

NEWS payroll The TEAM Companies to Launch Industry’s First AI-Powered Assistant for Talent and Production Business Affairs 07-17-2018LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The TEAM Companies, the leading payroll, business affairs and technology provider for the advertising and entertainment industries, today announced its plans to launch KAT, an AI platform designed to transform the industry and outcomes for clients.KAT, which stands for Knowledge @ TEAM, will be fed with resources from TEAM’s extensive knowledge library, and will be trained and used by its most senior experts to ensure that ‘she’ is put on the right learning path.“Clients trust our expertise, and our role is to navigate through an evolving and highly complex industry to deliver the most effective and efficient service for them. By innovating through technology, particularly AI, we believe TEAM…
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TTC Says a Sorrowful Goodbye to SVP Judy Santi

NEWS payroll TTC Says a Sorrowful Goodbye to SVP Judy Santi 11-17-2017The TEAM Companies lost a dear friend and colleague this week. Judy Santi, Sr. Vice President of IT Project Management, passed away at her home in South Carolina after a brief, but valiant, battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her mother and siblings.Many knew Judy for her knowledge of, and work on, our TOCS system. What Judy brought to that position, in addition to her great spirit and a lot of passion, was decades of experience in music and talent management. In addition to years in payroll including running her own company, Half Note, Judy worked both in television and at ad agencies and was a sought after resource on SAG-AFTRA and AFM commercial agreements. Over the years…
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The TEAM Companies Announces Management Transition and Investment, as Founder Gerry Schwartz Moves Towards Retirement

NEWS payroll The TEAM Companies Announces Management Transition and Investment, as Founder Gerry Schwartz Moves Towards Retirement 11-06-2017LOS ANGELES, CA—November 6, 2017—Today, The TEAM Companies announced a significant investment by its senior management team, in partnership with the founding shareholders and private-equity firm TorQuest Partners. At year-end, our CEO Gerry Schwartz will retire from his full-time role and transition his responsibilities to TTC’s current COO, Justin Kramer, who will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer.Today’s announcement continues TTC’s tradition of hands-on management, and Gerry will remain a minority shareholder and corporate advisor. Effective January 1, 2018, our Chief Marketing Officer, Greg Smith, will move to a dual role of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Revenue Officer and our Chief Financial Officer, An De Vooght, becomes Global Chief…
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