Media Services Releases Labor Guide Apps (Exclusive)

5:06 PM PST 11/15/2012 by Jonathan Handel

The Apple and Android apps with union labor rates join a product lineup that includes print and Windows/Mac versions.

Payroll house Media Services released app versions Thursday of its annual Labor Guide, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The apps make available on iPad and Android tablets the contents of the book, a three-inch-thick volume that contains union labor rates for hundreds of below and above the line job classifications.

The book was first released in 1994, but this is the first year that mobile apps have been available. PC and Mac software versions came out several years ago.

“We've found that our customers working in the production industry tend to be on the upper end of the technology curve, as well as highly mobile due to the nature of their jobs,” said Steve Bizenov, the company’s vp sales and software development. “When they're looking for a union rate or rule, they want to be able to access it quickly, whether in the office, on location or at a coffee shop.”

In addition to the Showbiz Labor Guide app, the company is releasing a free Showbiz Directory app. The various apps are available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, while the print and software versions are available at http://www.showbizstore.com. The company is celebrating the release with a party Thursday night at the W Hollywood hotel.

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