Category Archives: Entertainment Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance For Producers

From small productions to Hollywood blockbusters, substantial liability claims can arise for video, film and television producers. Even where you have ensured that all necessary clearances have been obtained you never know what will happen. Video Film and Television Errors and Omissions Liability insurance provides you with the peace of mind you need.

What Errors & Omissions insurance does is indemnify producers from lawsuits that may arise from the content of a production, including lawsuits alleging:

  • Invasion of privacy
  • Unauthorized use of titles
  • Failure to obtain appropriate rights for music and film clips
  • Improper handling of unsolicited scripts
  • Unfair competition
  • Professional errors in judgment
  • Infringement of copyright
  • Breach of contract
  • Libel or slander
  • Unauthorized copying of ideas,

This coverage will usually be required by a distributor, broadcaster or financier prior to the release of any theatrical or television production. Production financing will usually not flow until E&O coverage is in force.

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 are located in beautiful Northridge, California next to CSUN..

Advantages of an Independent Agent

Advantages of an Independent Agent

When you work with us, we will give you unbiased advice.  As an independent insurance agent, we are very knowledgeable about all the companies that exist in the marketplace. We know which companies have the best track record when it comes to pleasing their policyholders. We can narrow your options down and help you choose between the best insurance companies in the market. Not all insurance agents are the same! Choosing the right one can make a big difference – in price, service, and value.

There are a number of benefits to working with us:

  • We will work with you to make sure your claim is processed to your satisfaction
  • We provide a number of coverage options
  • Are not obligated to any one company
  • We search the market for the best combination of price and coverage
  • We are committed to exceeding your expectations
  • You are who we answer to, not a board of directors in NY
  • We are licensed professionals with strong customer and community ties
  • Our staff is qualified and trained to explain coverage in understandable language
  • We can review coverage and make necessary changes based on your needs

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!

 

 

Your Entertainment Business May Need More Commercial Insurance

Your Entertainment Business May Need More Commercial Insurance

We live in world where lawsuits are common. Private firms are no longer immune from litigation from employees, competitors and even the government.  Management or professional liability insurance is not just good business; it is as necessary as heat and lighting for your office. Statutes, federal and state laws change on a regular basis, so it is vital that your company protect its assets with management or professional liability insurance.

Issues to Consider

  • General Liability Insurance does not cover the risks of Employment Liability, Professional Liability, and Directors and Officers Liability. You need a separate insurance policy to cover these risks.
  • Defense costs are going up at a rapid rate. Insurance can provide needed defense coverage, even if you are not liable.
  • Company owners can be held personally liable for their actions as well as the actions of other managers or executives.
  • The cost of the average Directors and Officers lawsuit is over $600,000 according to Chubb Insurance Company. 38% of these claims involve employment issues.
  • 25% of private firms had some sort of employment issue that could not be resolved without legal counsel involvement. The average defense costs are $250 per hour.
  • Many firms fail to purchase Cyber Insurance. However, the average cost of each compromised record is around $175.00. Most states have laws requiring notification if you have had an incident.

The best thing you can do is call our office and have us provide you with a risk review including coverage options. Once you have had a chance to review coverage and pricing, then you can make an informed decision.

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!

 

 

The True Value of an Independent Agent

Movie Insure is an independent agency. This means we don’t work for any one insurance company. We have access to many markets that specialize in the entertainment industry, giving us the ability to shop your account, and search the market for the best option for you. With captive insurance agents, you may only get the guidance of one company that sells one brand of insurance.

  • We specialize in the film and production industry that is all we do. We know and understand your industry.
  • We have over 25 years of combined service.
  • Our focus is exclusively on understanding the unique needs of motion picture, television, video, music and theatrical companies.
  • We will work with you to make sure your claim is processed to your satisfaction.
  • We provide a number of coverage options.
  • Are not obligated to any one company.
  • We search the market for the best combination of price and coverage.
  • We are licensed professionals with strong customer and community ties.
  • Our staff is qualified and trained to explain coverage in understandable language.
  • We can review coverage and make necessary changes based on your needs.

There is no singular insurance company that is the best for everyone. As independent agents, we can find the right company for your specific needs. And as your needs change, we’ll always have an insurance company that is right for you.

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!

 

 

Is Short Term Entertainment Insurance Available?

Your firm may be embarking on a short term project that requires special or unique insurance coverage. John Hart Insurance can help you with this coverage. Many filming locations require that you present them with a certificate of insurance, naming them as an additional insured, before they allow you on the property. You may need to rent very specialized equipment that requires insurance. All these issues can be managed through the proper kinds of insurance products.

Our short term coverage can include:

General Liability – General Liability protects against claims of bodily injury or property damage and personal injury arising out of filming activity.

Third Party Property Damage – Covers damage to property in your care. For example, a building in which you film a commercial.

Owned & Rented Equipment – An equipment floater may be needed to insure property that moves from location to location.

Workers’ Compensation – Covers injury to employees while on location or on the job at any site.

Set and Prop Coverage – Property coverage in case sets or props are damaged.

Non-Owned and Hired Auto – Insures you from liability arising out of using or renting a vehicle that you do not own.

Excess Liability Insurance – Provides additional Liability protection over the General Liability and Non-owned/Hired Automobile Liability.

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!

 

 

Seasonal Workers In The Entertainment Industry

Entertainment Insurance update 

Many entertainment companies may be hiring part time workers to fill production needs. For the most part, you will not need to modify your entertainment insurance, but if you add new classifications or payroll, it may affect your workers’ compensation insurance.  Now might be a good time to have us complete a review of all your entertainment insurance policies.

Here are few tips to help you manage seasonal employees

  • Make sure part time employees get the same training as all other employees.
  • Conduct background screenings on part time candidates.
  • Unless the job requires it, it is not a good idea to give seasonal employees access to computers or other secure information.
  • Don’t allow seasonal employees to work alone.
  • Remember the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to properly classify workers, pay the legal minimum wage, and pay overtime if applicable.
  • Part time employees should also read and sign the employee handbook.
  • Your business is legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage, as most fair-employment laws cover seasonal employees.
  • If you notice cliques or bad habits forming, don’t assume that they will self-correct.
  • Employers with 15 or more employees are subject to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state employment laws. This means your seasonal employees, just like your regular workforce, must receive adequate training on what conduct is illegal, how to report it, and how to request a reasonable accommodation.
  • Maintain a detailed account of where each employee works, the kinds of tasks they are assigned, number of hours completed, and their rate of pay.
  • When it is time to end the part time employment, follow the same procedures as you would with a full-time or permanent employee.

Call us today and let us help protect what is important to you. 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!

 

Umbrella Insurance

Many people are unsure what an umbrella policy is or what it covers. When you are outside and there is a light rain or breeze you generally don’t need or want an umbrella. However, if it is pouring down rain with high winds, you take your umbrella. An Umbrella Insurance policy works much the same way.

Umbrella Insurance provides extra protection or limits above the liability insurance you currently have. Umbrella Insurance policy protects your operation or production company from losing the entirety of your resource and assets in the event of a large claim. Umbrella Insurance provides limits above your primary commercial insurance program.

We can secure umbrella protection for many exposures including:

  • Short films
  • Foreign productions
  • Recording and editing
  • Film schools
  • Rental houses
  • And more

Here is an example: A production company leases a studio for filming of commercials. During a filming part of the riggings falls on an employee of one of the advertisers causing major injuries. The employee medical expenses are $750,000 and $200,000 for two years of lost work. The production company had a primary commercial liability policy with limits of $500,000 and an Umbrella with a limit of $1,000,000. The Umbrella policy covered $450,000 of the excess claim.

It is true that Umbrella Insurance may not be for every firm, but if you are building financial resources for your company’s future, Umbrella coverage needs to be part of the plan.

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 are located in beautiful Northridge, California next to CSUN..

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!

Entertainment Insurance

Most of us would never say we love our insurance. In fact, most clients don’t even read their entertainment business insurance policy. Maybe after you read this story you may have a different opinion.

A small production company was filming a short commercial in a parking lot. One of the actors was set to drive up in a car and get out to promote the product. The actor could not stop the car and it ran into three by standers, causing serious injury, the resulting damages totaled over $15,000.

Know Your Business Liability Coverage

  • 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, or invasion of privacy.
  • Products and Completed Operations–Liability arising out of the Nonprofit’s products or business operations and services conducted, excluding professional services.
  • Premises–Covers liability arising out of injury to third parties while on your premises.
  • Medical Payments–A general liability coverage that reimburses others, without regard to the insured’s liability, for bodily injury while on your premises.

You should also pay attention to the exclusions in your business liability insurance policy. Some of the common exclusions are:

  • Pollution
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Directors and officers liability
  • Professional services
  • And more

Many of the exclusions can be added or purchased under a separate policy.

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.

Drone Ownership In The Entertainment Industry

More and more businesses are purchasing and using drones for a number of reasons.  Drones have been used in the entertainment business for a number of years.  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), affectionately referred to as “Drones”, are revolutionizing the Aerial Photography and Film industry as we know it. Drone insurance is a vital component in protecting the “Owner/operator” of the aircraft, the production company that hires the pilot, and the public at large. Drones are a quickly evolving technology, and the implications and regulations for owning one may change in the near future. Current sales of drones are running about 200,000 for 2015.

Liability Issues with Drones

Here are a few issues that have not yet been worked out through the courts:

  1. Who owns the airspace above your home?
  2. What constitutes an invasion of personal space?
  3. What are my privacy rights?
  4. Who is liable for damage?

Drone Insurance Concern

Most business insurance excludes liability related to an aircraft of any kind. Drone owners should talk to their insurance agent to see if they have coverage and, if not; consider what coverage options might be available. We have the ability to write drone insurance, call us today.

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 are located in beautiful Northridge, California.

Is Your Production Covered?

Broadcaster Magazine recently ran an article outlining top risks in the entertainment industry. We thought it might be good to re-visit some of these. Rapid consolidation, expanding markets, emerging business models and growing consumer demand are taking center stage and creating real turmoil in the media and entertainment (M&E) industry, Ernst & Young says.

The article points out many kinds of risk faced by the entertainment industry, but we thought we would focus on only on the top three, as we see them.

Asset protection risks including piracy and digital intellectual property rights.

Our Solution – 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. This coverage will usually be required by a distributor prior to release of any theatrical or television production.

Inability to control costs.

Our Solution – We have access to many of the top markets which creates competition and keeps your entertainment insurance costs down.

Increase climate toward litigation.

Our Solution – Comprehensive Entertainment Liability Insurance, which protects the production company against claims for Bodily Injury or Property Damage Liability arising out of filming the picture. Coverage includes use of all non-owned vehicles (both on and off camera), including physical damage to such vehicles. this coverage will be required prior to filming on any city or state roadways, or any location sites requiring filming permits.

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!