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Payroll & Accounting Newsletter, November 2013
Sargent-Disc Auto Enrolment

Welcome to the November 2013 edition of the Sargent-Disc Payroll & Accounting Newsletter. In this issue we look at Workplace Pension Reform and cover the details you need to get ready for Auto Enrolment.

We are also excited to announce the release of Movie Magic Scheduling 6 and take a look at the new features, including the Calendar Function. Finally, we bring you our latest case study on the SD Production Card and how it was used on Paramount Pictures' 2014 movie Jack Ryan:Shadow Recruit.

Her Majesty's Government's (HMG) legislated Workplace Pension Reform changes to pensions, known as Auto Enrolment, will encourage millions of people to save for their retirement. This insight article provides details of the Auto Enrolment responsibilities of companies and productions to their workers. It identifies the necessary planning stages and the levels of employer and employee contributions, and includes details of SD Auto Enrolment, Sargent-Disc's pension and payroll administration system, designed to provide an integrated and modular payroll solution for your company or production.

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We are excited to announce that Movie Magic Scheduling 6 has been released. Built on Movie Magic Scheduling 5, the most widely used production scheduling application, Movie Magic Scheduling 6 software offers a range of scheduling tools and flexibility not found elsewhere including an exciting new Calendar Module feature. Workflows are designed to incorporate the time-tested concepts of the stripboard while offering a variety of scenarios to consider: schedules reflecting different shoot lengths, re-ordered scenes, comparisons in location, and more are just a click away.

Movie Magic Scheduling 6 saves time, increases efficiency, and prepares schedules that allow your team to make the best production decisions possible.

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SD Production Card

The Sargent-Disc Production Card, in association with Barclaycard, provides a secure solution to the challenges associated with handling large volumes of cash on production. We look at the story behind its creation and how it was used on the production of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

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SD Online for Android

Android app on Google Play

The SD Online 2.0 mobile application is available to download for Android devices. The latest version includes UK Payscales to help our payroll clients when budgeting for the UK.

Our Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling courses are approved by Creative Skillset. Eligible applicants can access up to 80% of course costs from their Management and Leadership Bursary scheme.

Each training session lasts for approximately 3 hours.

Introduction to Movie Magic Scheduling:

11th December (10am)

12th February (10am)

Introduction to Movie Magic Budgeting:

11th December (2:30pm)

12th February (2.30pm)

Introduction to Visa Accounting:

6th December (10am)

Congratulations James

Congratulations to James White who has recently been promoted  to Post Production Accounting. James has been with Sargent-Disc for 3 years and is a key member of the team.

A few things about James:

Favourite Film: Taken

Favourite TV Show: Gogglebox

Most looking forward to the release of... Malificent in 2014

Something interesting: Currently training for the London to Brighton cycle ride.

We are delighted to announce that a number of new institutions have signed up to the Movie Magic Academic Partnership Programme. These include The London College of Communication at University of the Arts London, CEV Madrid and Goldsmiths University.

The Academic Partnership programme is open to educational institutions that already offer or are considering offering courses in production using Movie Magic Budgeting and Movie Magic Scheduling software. The programme is designed to provide valuable insight into the best practices of real-world budgeting and scheduling.

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About Sargent-Disc

Founded in 1986, Sargent-Disc provides a full range of payroll, accounting and software services tailored to the needs of your production. As an Entertainment Partners affiliate, Sargent-Disc distributes EP software, such as movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling and EP Vista Accounting.

Sargent-Disc's online payroll, SD Online, is used throughout the entertainment industry on productions ranging from low budget documentaries and commercials, through to major Hollywood blockbusters.


During development, in production or in post, Sargent-Disc delivers a wealth of production accounting experience and industry know-how.

Find out more about our Accounting services

With Sargent-Disc operating your payroll you will be able to divert valuable resources back to your core business, control costs and gain access to our knowledge base and expertise.

Find out more about our Payroll services

Sargent-Disc offers a range of training options on industry standard production software including Movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling and Vista Accounting.

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Sargent-Disc distributes Entertainment Partners' software throughout Europe, including Movie Magic Budgeting, Movie Magic Scheduling and Vista Accounting.

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