WOODLAND HILLS, Calif., July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of the entertainment industry's leading services companies -- First Entertainment Credit Union (First Entertainment) and Entertainment Partners (EP) -- have joined forces to promote the health and wellness of entertainment industry members by supporting the MPTF Health Wheels program, according to Bob Beitcher, President & CEO of MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).
"Mark Goldstein, EP's CEO and Charles Bruen, First Entertainment's President/CEO, share our vision of providing high quality and accessible medical care to our industry workers on studio lots around Southern California," Beitcher said. "With their organization's generous multi-year underwriting support, we will be able to carry on this truly successful program that has already served over 2,000 members of our entertainment community."
"Since 1967, we've been helping employees in the industry stay financial healthy," said First Entertainment's Bruen. "So supporting the physical health and wellness of the people in our unique industry seemed to be a perfect fit for us."
"EP cares about wellness and supporting our community so this is a project we are extremely proud to sponsor," Goldstein offers. "By bringing quality health care directly to studio workers, Health Wheels is the type of solution that can have a real and meaningful impact."
Health Wheels currently visits six studio locations serving studio and back-lot employees. The vehicle is the mobile extension of MPTF's six Los Angeles area health centers that provide medical care to eligible entertainment industry workers and their families through a 40-physician medical group and a network of more than 500 specialists. MPTF cares for more than 60,000 patients each year.
About MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund)
For over 90 years, MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) has served as a beacon of hope for entertainment industry members in their time of need. As a charitable organization, the MPTF provides financial assistance and services essential to the wellbeing of the community and is a leader in the development and implementation of services and programs for seniors and those who care for them. MPTF is supported by the generosity of corporate donors and fellow entertainment industry members who contribute their time and money because they believe in the critical importance of Hollywood Helping Hollywood. For more information, visit www.mptf.com.
About First Entertainment
Founded in 1967, First Entertainment Credit Union is widely considered premiere financial resource for those in the entertainment business with more than $1 billion in assets and serving approximately 70,000 members. First Entertainment in a not for profit, full service financial institution serving members through 10 branch locations in the Los Angeles area including three on Studio properties. For more information visit www.firstent.org.
About Entertainment Partners
EP is the global leader in entertainment payroll, residuals, tax incentives, finance and other integrated production management solutions with 12 offices in the U.S. and Canada. Established more than 30 years ago, EP is a 100% employee-owned company where each employee has a vested interest in upholding the company's highest standards of service, integrity, transparency and accountability.