We don't just pay talent, we pay attention.
Welcome to Highland Talent Payments Inc.
For more than 50 years, we’ve been simplifying the complex talent payroll business for advertising agencies, production companies, and in-house organizations throughout the country.
SERVICES
At Highland, our experienced staff acts as an extension of your production and business departments to handle all aspects of talent payroll and related business affairs for television, radio, digital, music, video, print and other non-broadcast commercials.
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At Highland, our experienced staff acts as an extension of your broadcast production and business departments to handle all aspects of the talent payroll process for TV, radio, digital, music, video, print and other non-broadcast commercials.
In addition to handling session and residual payments under the SAG-AFTRA, AFM, ACTRA and UDA national and regional codes, we take on all of the daily responsibilities, including:
  • Specialized talent payroll invoicing and reporting
  • Payroll tax withholding and filings
  • Workers' compensation insurance
  • Union P&H, H&R and MEWF reporting and payments
We’ll keep you constantly informed and advise you throughout the process with:
  • Broadcast business affairs consulting, including union contract interpretation
  • Cycle reminders
  • Talent cost estimates and web-based Estimating Tools
  • Online access to account information
  • Online payment authorization management
  • Web-based and customized reports
  • Individual and group training
  • Assistance with union audits and inquiries
  • Talent and agent customer assistance
We can also assist you with celebrity search/negotiation and music licensing.
WHY US
At Highland, you’ll find a business partner that’s willing to do more for you to simplify the complex world of talent payroll. Let us introduce you to our expert team who will provide the personal service that we consider standard. Account Managers that average more than 10-years’ experience, answer your questions on a moment’s notice, know the details of your account and the way you like to do business, review every payment to ensure accuracy, and stay with you throughout the years. These are the reasons why professionals like you come to us and stick with us.
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For more than 50 years, Highland has been providing its clients with industry-leading service. Here’s what sets us apart…
Personal Attention is Standard
At Highland, we assign you a dedicated account service team that will handle all of your account needs. They'll quickly get to know you and your account. With more than 10 year’s average experience, you can rest assured that our staff is as loyal as our clients so you’ll always know who you’re dealing with. Just pick up the phone and call Highland. There will always be a familiar voice on the other end.
Our Record of Accuracy Is Impeccable
How do we do it? It starts with our proprietary systems —but the real secret is our people. As a Highland client, your team of knowledgeable payment specialists will pay attention to every detail of your account with an honest commitment to quality. They'll work with you to eliminate the chances for costly and time-consuming errors by reviewing every payment authorization before it’s processed. They’ll check and double-check all of the details--payment amounts, cycle dates, names, social security numbers—everything!
We Customize Our Services to Maximize Your Ease of Use
After all, every agency and production house does things a little differently. Our people will take the time to understand the way you operate, and customize our services in a way that makes you most comfortable and most efficient.
We Give You Easy Access to Your Account Information
Through our user-friendly, web-based reporting system, you'll have up-to-date account information at the click of a mouse. Our-presentation-quality reports give you the information you want in the way you need it. And we can also customize our reports for your specific needs.
We Will Answer all of Your Questions
Confused by the ever changing world of talent payments and business affairs? We'll serve as a sounding board for all your questions. Whether it's local and national codes, rates, or rules, we can help. You can even consult with us to estimate costs before you hire talent. Or you can use our web-based estimating system to painlessly prepare your own talent budgets.
When We Say “Your checks are in the mail”—We Mean It
Your reputation is safe with us. We respond to your payment authorizations quickly—you won't find faster processing anywhere in the industry.
TOOLBOX
Your ease of use is our top priority. Highland’s user-friendly, web-based tools will save you time and effort, while providing deeper data insight and greater control over critical payments. Our Talent Cost Estimating, Payment Authorization and Reporting System gives you access to the information you need, 24-hours a day, wherever you have internet access. No user manuals required!
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Highland utilizes state-of-the-art technology to simplify the talent payroll process and maximize your efficiency.
Online Reporting
Our web-based reporting system provides around-the-clock access to your account information in the way you need it. All reports are easily viewed and printed through both Windows and Mac web-browsers. More than 25 presentation-quality reports are available to view:
  • Invoice snapshots
  • Talent and agent contact information
  • Detailed commercial payment history by payment type, PO number, etc.
  • Holding fees due
  • Active commercials (held or in use) by advertiser, media type, cycle dates, etc.
  • Guarantee tracking
  • Talent earnings by advertiser, commercial and payment type
  • And more...
Online Estimating
Our web-based estimating software allows you (or our account service team on your behalf) to quickly create detailed talent budgets, including all types of session, holding and use payments under SAG-AFTRA and AFM rules. It even provides the ability to estimate multiple spots and cycles for annual budgets. A few of the many features include:
  • Intuitive, menu-driven interface to select use types, markets, cycle lengths, etc.
  • Estimates can be saved as web pages or pdf files and easily forwarded to clients
  • Printing the presentation-quality reports is as simple as printing any web page
  • Saved estimates can be quickly updated to change the number of performers, use types, etc.
Online Payment Authorization
Our web-based payment authorization system allows you to accurately and efficiently authorize holding and re-use payments. A few of the key features include:
  • Intuitive, menu-driven interface to select use types, markets, cycle lengths, etc.
  • Review commercial details and recent payment activity while authorizing new cycles
  • View online holding fee reminders while authorizing holding fee payments
  • Optional email confirmation of detailed payment authorization
Please contact us for a demo of our user-friendly system.
PERSONALITY
Quality of services comes down to people. At Highland, you’ll find that our people stick with us the way our clients do. You won’t find better instincts, better training or better dispositions anywhere in the business. We’re in a detail-oriented business and so are our people. Yet, we’re all about personal service. Here, you’ll always be greeted by a smiling receptionist rather than a voicemail menu. You’ll always reach an expert who can give you an answer or get back to you post haste. It’s how we’ve been providing our clients with exceptional service for more than 50 years.
CONTACT
We make everything easy so let’s get started.
Our personal service begins at first contact.
Headquarters

5885 Landerbrook Dr.
Cleveland, OH 44124

(440) 646-0090

info@highlandtalent.com

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