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Sargent-Disc

Sargent-Disc is the U.K.’s foremost entertainment-technology provider, building cloud-based workflows and payroll solutions that streamline your production. The company has been an indispensable ally to the U.K.’s biggest studios and productions for more than three decades, giving their customers industry-leading speed, security, and reliability. And with their acquisition by Cast & Crew, both companies have significantly scaled their services.

 

Since launching the first online payroll gateway, Sargent-Disc has continued to innovate, delivering real-time data access to customers at any time and from anywhere in the world. Their industry-leading Digital Production Office® cloud solutions, such as Payroll, Payslip, and Payscales, handle productions of all sizes, while newer solutions like Digital Purchase Order (DPO) and CrewStart™ continue to reshape the future of workflow efficiency.

 

Along with Cast & Crew’s full family of brands—CAPS, Checks & Balances, Final Draft, and Media Services—Sargent-Disc empowers its customers by streamlining productions to maximize their efficiency.

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Origins

Sargent-Disc was founded by John and Marija Sargent in 1986 to provide payroll, accounting and software services to UK film productions. Sargent-Disc was also one of the first companies in the industry to offer computerised payroll services.

Revolutionising production accounting

Originally set up as an affiliate of US company DISC Inc, Sargent-Disc’s unique combination of Hollywood know-how and technical innovation revolutionised production accounting. MicroDisc soon became the industry-standard accounting software helped by real time support in Europe and the electronic interface from Sargent-Disc’s payroll.

Embracing innovation

An early adopter of the ‘Software as a Service’ (SAAS) model, Sargent-Disc continued to recognise and respond to the needs of clients for effective production management software.
Over time, one industry standard replaced another, with improved software and connectivity speeding up data entry and enabling cross-network collaboration on a truly global scale.

Pioneering online payroll

Sargent-Disc launched SD Online in 2005, the entertainment industry’s first online payroll gateway, which enabled sensitive payroll information to be transmitted securely and provided an interactive archive of records, accessible through a single user login and easy-to-use interface.

Cashless solutions

In 2011, Sargent-Disc launched the Production Card in association with Barclaycard, Europe’s leading issuer of Visa Commercial Cards. Initially developed to meet the needs of Paramount’s action blockbuster World War Z, the fully managed cashless purchasing solution revolutionised the buying process, providing a safe and secure alternative to the high-risk practice of handling large amounts of cash on a production.

Digital Production Office®

Following Cast and Crew’s acquisition of Sargent-Disc in 2019, the company continues to lead the way in payroll and production accounting for the entertainment industry. More than three decades on from the company’s inception, Sargent-Disc today offers a full suite of Digital Production Office® software and services that enable secure, real-time access to data from multiple users, located anywhere in the world.

What our customers say

"DPO is a game changer for me. To be able to approve on the go and not come back to the office to a 2 foot pile of POs is wonderful and also gives me a very simple way to instantly monitor spend by department, wherever I am. I would not want to go back to paper POs."
Duncan Muggoch -
Line Producer: Spain, Game of Thrones
"Having used DPO twice now, I would definitely not go back to using paper POs. The fact that it is digital means that each department and the accounts team do not have to wait for purchase orders to be sent to set for approval and then returned – they can be authorised by the UPM remotely and instantly by computer or mobile phone with a simple click of a button."
Maxine Stanley
Production Accountant, Swallows and Amazons
"I have worked with Sargent Disc for many years and have always found them a great support to our productions and to our WB office...There is always a friendly voice at the end of the phone and they always manage to complete our payrolls in a timely manner, regardless of the levels...I would have no doubts in recommending their services to other businesses."
Tina Hammond
Finance Director, Warner Bros.
"I will really struggle if I can’t use it [Digital Purchase Order] on every production. To not use it would be unthinkable."
Nick O'Hagan
Co-Producer

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