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Professional Liability In The Entertainment Industry

Most if not all entertainment firms need professional liability insurance. Professional liability coverage for the entertainment industry is different than other kinds of industries. It is important to have an agent you knows and understands your industry.

What Kind Of Professional Liability Should You Have?

(This is only a partial list of the types of coverage, your coverage will depend on your individual risk)

  • Breach of agreement
  • Infringement of copyright, trademark, title or slogan
  • Breach of a license to use a third party’s intellectual property
  • Emotional distress
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Unfair competition
  • Personal injury
  • Plus more

Professional Liability Insurance is sometimes called Errors and Omissions (E&O) coverage. Claims come from errors or omissions in the performance of professional services. Companies that perform production services have an exposure to E & O claims. E & O insurance also protects against alleged libel, slander, defamation of character and invasion of privacy. This coverage will usually be required by a distributor prior to release of any theatrical or television production.

Here Is An Actual Claim Example

A post production firm used images without a license as part of the opening to the film. The owners of the images filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement. The case was settled for $19,000.

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

Equipment Floaters For The Entertainment Industry

Your entertainment company may own specialized equipment, like cameras, props, sets, or other production equipment that you take on location. You also may have a need for special floater coverage for a short period of time or as part of your overall insurance program. No matter what the case we can help with the best possible combination of coverage, price and service.

Entertainment Equipment Floater

  • Coverage is available for a wide variety of property, during production or while in your care, custody and control.
  • Property located on or off your premises.
  • Property in transit.
  • Coverage generally can be provided for risk of direct physical loss, including earthquake.

Types of Equipment Covered

  • Cameras
  • Production equipment
  • Sound equipment
  • Theatrical equipment
  • Editing equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • Other misc. eqipment

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

Rental House Coverage for the Entertainment Industry

Rental houses and other post-production facilities are an important part of the entertainment industry.  These locations all have unique exposures that need to be insured.  Our agency has the markets for this type of risk, and can offer you many options for your rental house insurance.

The Rental House program provides insurance for companies that supply the entertainment, sports and leisure industries with the equipment and/or support services.

The Rental House program is designed for entities continuously engaged in the business of renting equipment to the entertainment, sports and leisure industry. These companies may provide production equipment such as cameras, lighting, sound, props, sets, wardrobe, trailers and more. They may provide equipment for special events such as props, sets, furnishings and more. They may provide various types of equipment to the sporting industry.

This program is flexible enough to fit the needs of small rental houses up to major national chains. In addition, the program may also be used to cover entities that provide installation and similar activities.

What Kind of Coverage Do Rental Houses Need?

  • Commercial General Liability
  • Umbrella
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Crime Coverage
  • Equipment Breakdown Coverage
  • Property of others in your care
  • Commercial Business Automobile
  • Commercial Property
  • Earthquake or flood insurance
  • Business Interruption
  • Entertainment Property Floater

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

Don’t Let the Company Holiday Party Turn Into A Mad Men Episode

Your company Holiday party was going great, and everyone was having a wonderful time.  Except one of the female employees said that a manager touched her and made un-wanted advances.  Now she is filing an employment liability claim.  This is a scenario that no one wants to happen.

Your business insurance many not cover this lawsuit unless you have employment practices liability insurance.  Call our office for a review of your commercial insurance today.

Office Holiday Party Safety

  1. Limit use of alcohol; offer two drink tickets per person.
  2. Make sure you have food at your party.
  3. During the party, monitor alcohol consumption. Quickly try to diffuse any situations or displays of inappropriate behavior.
  4. Consider having the party at a restaurant. This is a good way to transfer liability.
  5. Make the party optional.
  6. Arrange for cab rides or transportation home for guests who may need it.
  7. Prior to the party, review harassment policies with all employees as a reminder of proper behavior.
  8. Encourager managers to set a good example.
  9. Consider inviting spouses, which is a good way to reduce romantic hook-ups.
  10. Know your state laws.
  11. If you have employees bring food, be sure the food is labeled by type. Some people may have food allergies.

As long as you don’t charge for drinks, your business insurance will provide coverage (Always check with our office as each policy is different).

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

What is Included in a Typical Entertainment Insurance Policy

A Business Insurance Update

We like to think that there is nothing ‘typical’ about commercial insurance.  Your business is unique and needs commercial insurance designed to fit your needs.  However, we can say there are coverages that every business should consider.  Therefore, we would like the chance to review your risk and then provide a program specifically designed for your business.

Coverage specific to the entertainment industry

  • Cast coverage
  • Faulty stock
  • Props and sets
  • Event cancelation
  • Special equipment
  • Copyright liability
  • Errors and Omissions – covers legal liability and defense for the production company against lawsuits alleging unauthorized use of title, format, ideas, characters, plots, plagiarism, unfair competition or piracy. Also protects for alleged libel, slander, defamation of character or invasion of privacy.

Commercial Liability

  • Bodily Injury — Bodily injury to a third party.
  • Property Damage — Damage to a third party’s property (equipment building etc.).
  • Personal Injury– Injury to the mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property.
  • Advertising Liability — Damages arising out of advertising, libel, slander, and invasion of privacy.
  • Products and Completed Operations — Liability arising out of products you sell or business operations and services conducted, excluding professional services.
  • Premises — Covers liability arising out of injury to third parties while on your premises.
  • Management Liability — This might include cyber, employment, and professional liability coverage. Directors and officers liability also might fall under this category.
  • Umbrella — Provides excess liability over primary auto and commercial liability policies.
  • Pollution — Coverage for accidental release of pollutants.

Business Auto

  •  Covers vehicles owned by the company for business use
  • Can include comprehensive and collision

Commercial Property

  • Buildings and Equipment –This covers most property on or near the business premises that is used in the business. This would include such things as machinery, computers, raw materials, or inventory.
  • Business Income and Extra Expense — If your main business premises are destroyed, along with much of the property you used to operate, business income will provide funds to cover lost revenue. Extra Expense provides the cost of a temporary location and other related expenses.

This information is not intended to be a complete review of all available coverage. Please call our office and we will be happy to provide a review of your insurance program.

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

What Is Trending in Entertainment Risk Management

An Entertainment Insurance Update

Are you concerned about the future?  Is your entertainment risk management program designed and prepared for changes in pricing, economic downturns, healthcare, changes in employment laws and upcoming political elections?  A broker or agent who cares about your business will be on the forefront of change.  Part of providing outstanding customer service is helping clients understand how current and future trends may affect their risk program.

Every so often, we think it is a good idea to talk about what may be happening regarding insurance and risk management.  We review many different insurance publications, insurance company bulletins, and other professional’s opinions, to analyze these trends.  This allows customers to make educated and informed decisions about their individual programs.

What Is Going on That May Impact Your Risk Program

  1. Increased reliance on technology will lead to better-run insurers and stable premiums. The development of advanced loss control analytic tools will revitalize insurers focus on claim reduction, and potentially lead to increased investments in loss control.  Insurers are using business intelligence to leverage “big data” to help them estimate claims, assets, credit and market data, and gain deeper insights across networks of producers, policyholders, and operations.
  2. Mobile applications are one of the fastest growing areas of insurance. Businesses are able to manage risk programs through technology.
  3. Cyber liability will continue to be a major area of concern for all businesses. The government will continue to require businesses to protect customer’s information. Those businesses that do not will be subject to increased fines.
  4. Most insurance companies are moving toward using data to develop commercial insurance premiums. This means your business will need to rely more on your agent. Your agent will be able to help you navigate through the complex maze of insurance program design, marketing, and placement.

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

 

How Event Cancellation Insurance Can Save Your Production

Most entertainment companies do everything possible to make sure that shows and productions are opened on time. But sometimes there are circumstances that just can’t be helped. Fire, natural disaster, and talent illness can cause events to be cancelled. Special Event Insurance can provide the necessary security to ensure that if something does go wrong, you and your guests are protected.

Event Cancellation Insurance/Special Event Insurance from Movie Insure protects production companies from unforeseen circumstances that require the show to be canceled. It would provide funds to cover deposits and other costs that may have already been paid. Unforeseen circumstances could be related to any number of things including weather, construction at the venue, or illness of the featured speaker or entertainer. Policies can be created to protect revenues or expenses for those with insurable interests should an event be cancelled.

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

How We Help Employers Manage Workers’ Compensation Costs

An Entertainment Workers’ Compensation Update

There are over 4.1 million workplace injuries in the Unites States each year, according to OSHA.  Employers spend about $155 billion on work related injuries each year.  There is no doubt workers’ compensation is a big expense for employers.

The good news is there are many actions an insurance agent can do to help employers reduce workers’ compensation costs.

  1. Search the market for options and program designs that fit the individual needs of each employer.
  2. Help build a bridge between the insurer and business.
  3. Educate employers about how workers’ compensation works.
  4. Work with employers in the development of a safety program.
  5. Analyze all classifications to make sure they are correct.
  6. Help the company prepare for the workers’ compensation premium audit.
  7. Provide the framework for an early return to work program.
  8. Help the company review accidents and claims to determine trends and then create safety solutions.
  9. Facilitate a claims review with the insurer to make sure all claims are being processed correctly.
  • Be a resource to the business by bringing in other service providers to solve problems; i.e., attorneys, safety professionals, and third party claims consultants.

Workers’ compensation is an important part of your business insurance program. It is required by state law that your business has workers’ compensation insurance.

As a business owner, you go to great lengths to provide a safe working environment for your employees. Workers’ compensation continues to be a significant cost driver for most employers, and understanding all the factors that can drive your workers’ compensation cost can often be complex and time consuming.

Test Your Entertainment Business Insurance IQ

A Entertainment Business Insurance Update

We don’t expect you to be experts in business insurance, but we thought it might be fun to test you on what you do know about your entertainment insurance. Business insurance is designed to cover unexpected losses. We can offer a wide range of business insurance options, so please call our office today.

Business Insurance Quiz (answers at the end)

  1. Your deductible is the amount you are responsible for if a covered loss occurs.

True       False

  1. Flood and earthquake coverage are always part of your business property coverage.

Ture       False

  1. Cyber Insurance is protection against losses caused by hackers from businesses dealing strictly in e-commerce, but it does not exist.

True       False

  1. Business Interruption covers your lost income no matter what kind of loss closes your business.

True       False

  1. My employees are prohibited from suing me, as this would be a workers’ compensation claim.

True       False

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!

Answers

  1. True-
  2. False- You need to add this coverage under a separate policy
  3. False- Cyber insurance can be purchase by all business
  4. False- Business interruption only applies to covered losses under the policy
  5. False- Your employees have rights under federal and state laws to sue you if they feel they have been wronged. You would need employment practices liability insurance in order to protect you and your business from employee lawsuits.

Workers’ Compensation Best Practices

Business owners go to great lengths to provide a safe working environment for their employees. However, when dealing with humans, accidents can happen, and Workers’ Compensation Insurance can help.  Workers Compensation Insurance should be an important part of every risk management program.

What Is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation insurance is insurance that provides lost income, medical benefits, disability benefits, and rehabilitative services for workers injured on the job or while performing work-related duties.

Why Your Business Needs Workers’ Compensation Insurance

When an employee gets hurt on the job or has a work-related illness, only workers’ compensation will cover them.  Health insurance benefits will not provide coverage for on-the-job injuries.

What Is the Best Way to Keep Costs Down?

  • Provide training for hazardous work, especially for new or inexperienced workers.
  • Enforce safety rules and practices.
  • Enforce drug and alcohol rules.
  • Require safety equipment to be worn at all times.
  • Keep work areas clean.
  • Workers should not wear loose clothing or jewelry around machinery.
  • Where required, workers must wear protective equipment such as goggles, safety glasses, masks, gloves, hairnets, etc. appropriate to the task.
  • Safety equipment such as restraints, pullbacks, and two-hand devices are designed for worker’s protection. Be sure such equipment is adjusted for each worker.
  • Do not ever remove machine safety guards.
  • Develop a system for reporting unsafe practices.
  • Have monthly safety meetings that review safety issues and related topics.
  • Create accident investigation procedures that focus on prevention and change.

MovieInsure.com offers a wide variety of A-rated, Admitted and Non-Admitted insurance companies for our clients to choose from. We only deal with companies that are on the Insurance Commissioner’s approved list.

We service the following states: Alabama. Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing!