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Burbank’s Entertainment Partners Makes Acquisition

Payroll and production services provider Entertainment Partners has acquired Ease Entertainment Services, the companies announced Thursday. Terms of the deal between Entertainment Partners, in Burbank, and Ease Entertainment, in Beverly Hills, were not disclosed. With the acquisition, Entertainment Partners will create a new division, Movie Magic Scenechronize Technologies. It will combine Entertainment Partners’ budgeting and scheduling technology with Ease’s cloud-based software suite for managing production information. Mike Rose, the chief executive of Ease Entertainment, has been named as president of the division. Entertainment Partners Chief Executive Mark Goldstein said the deal brings together two companies focused on improving and simplifying the processes used to coordinate film and television production. “Opportunities like this to reimagine a business and innovate an industry come along very rarely,” Goldstein said in a prepared statement. Entertainment Partners was founded in the late 1970s and provides services such as payroll, budgeting, tax incentives and background actor casting. The company has 16 offices in the U.S., Canada, London and Tokyo. Ease, founded in 2008, also provides payroll and tax incentive services as well as cloud-based storage of production documents such as scripts, call sheets and location photos. It has nine offices in North America.

Mark Madler
Mark Madler
Mark R. Madler covers aviation & aerospace, manufacturing, technology, automotive & transportation, media & entertainment and the Antelope Valley. He joined the company in February 2006. Madler previously worked as a reporter for the Burbank Leader. Before that, he was a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago and several daily newspapers in the suburban Chicago area. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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