43 Years. 4000 PAYROLL PROJECTS + counting. the
entertainment industry has changed, and we’ve changed
with it. We’ve been through it all, THIS IS OUR JOURNEY.

1979. Sessions Payroll Management started with a two person office in Hollywood. From the beginning, our focus was background talent. First it was the musicians that bring the motion picture soundtrack to life. Next was extras production payroll with our first network television program in 1992. Over the next decade, Sessions added major studio projects to our cable and television client list. More recently, we gained a foothold in the growing online streaming programming space. We're over forty and looking pretty good.

Sessions Opens. It all began in Hollywood with a two person office in the Technicolor building. We are glad to see that the Gnomon School , a college teaching special effects, ended up in our old space.
"10" starring Dudley Moore and Bo Derek launched both their careers and ours. We handled the music payroll, which brought Ravel’s Bolero to a new generation.
We started with music. Sessions began with music payroll right along with the birth of the MTV Generation. The Who, Bruce Springsteen, and The Eagles were some of our first clients.
For nearly 30 years, Sessions has worked with HBO on their groundbreaking programming, including Ballers, True Blood, Big Love and most recently, Insecure, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Barry.
1989 was a big year. The World Wide Web was invented; the Berlin Wall came down and....the first episode of Seinfeld aired. It was our first decade in business and more change was coming our way.
Baywatch. We were back on the beach with the Baywatch team, this time on network television with NBC. Over the next couple of decades, Sessions went on to work with the big three on some of their keystone projects.
Framework Solutions. RealPay custom extra's payroll solution for efficient pre-processing of large-scale payroll batches. Greater volume, scalable payroll and automated accuracy.
Sessions moves to Burbank. Neighbors to the Cartoon Network and a burgeoning media center and retail complex, Sessions settles in to their current home base.
We partied like it was 1999. The human population of the world surpassed six billion and we were deep in the information age. Sessions was growing too with a web-based suite of services.
Sessions software partner Framework Solutions develops a browser based .NET upgrade that includes a new custom invoice workflow for Sessions' entertainment payroll operation. Even faster turn-around for clients is implemented.
Downloads. A browser based reporting solution to deliver custom reports in either PDF or Excel format is introduced. Production accountants and line producers have data delivered their way.
Data Integration. PSL and other entertainment industry package download introduced. With data integration and downloads available over the Internet, near real-time access to key payroll data is available to Sessions clients.
Yes we can! Barack Obama inaugurated as 44th President of the United States. In a volatile world marketplace, Sessions stays the course with a loyal staff and state-of-the-art production payroll technology.
Thanks to tremendous growth, Sessions hits 3000 projects and now has a production payroll database of over 50,000 background and extra talent.
Streaming. Sessions adds online streaming entertainment to our portfolio. Netflix' Lady Dynamite is one of our newest streaming projects.
Anniversary. Our first forty is just around the corner. Always ready to adapt to changes in the industry and technology, one thing that never changes with Sessions is exemplary customer service and dependability. See you at our anniversary party in 2019.

James Knight, CEO

In 1979, Jim was utilizing his Juris Doctor in Law by working with musicians as a union representative in Hollywood when he realized a need in the marketplace to payroll studio musicians. He founded Sessions Payroll and over the next three decades, directed the growth and diversification of the payroll business into broadcast, film and streaming categories.

email: jim@sessionspayroll.com

Nairi, COO

Nairi started with Sessions in 2001 as a personal paymaster. She was instrumental in the deployment of multiple software initiatives and upgrades as well as development of department procedures. In 2012, Nairi returned to Sessions headquarters from the eastern region and was promoted to Chief Operations Officer. She oversees all payroll and customer service policy implementation.

email: nairi@sessionspayroll.com