Category Archives: Entertainment Insurance

What Is The Best Way To Manage Your Entertainment Insurance?

An Entertainment Insurance Update

We recommend you start 2018 strong by having us complete a review of your entertainment insurance program.  We will review your exposures to risk and compare these to your current coverage.  If we do not find any gaps, we will tell you, and if we do find gaps, we will provide recommendations to you.

Here are some things you can do today to strengthen your business insurance program for 2018:

  1. Read your insurance policies. It is better to know what coverage you have before a loss occurs.
  2. Meet with your agent and have him/her review your program and make recommendations.
  3. Review your losses over the past few years and determine if there are any areas where improved safety might help reduce losses.
  4. Take advantage of any loss prevention services offered by your business insurer.
  5. Consider adding additional coverage like Professional liability, media liability, or copyright infringement, employment practices liability, or a commercial umbrella policy.
  6. Review all your safety policies to make sure they are up-to-date
  7. Make safety training a priority in 2018 with safety incentives for accident-free months.

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!

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!

 

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!

 

Why Use MovieInsure.com As Your Entertainment Broker?

MovieInsure has many years of experience in the field of entertainment insurance.  We focus exclusively on understanding the unique needs of motion picture, television, video, music and theatrical companies.  This knowledge base allows us to structure an insurance program specifically for each client that will be a balance of the best coverage and most economical solutions to help them manage the risks inherent to their unique businesses.

We serve a broad range of industry segments including:

  • Commercial films
  • Music videos
  • Musicians
  • Concert promoters
  • Entertainers and performers
  • Performance venues
  • Commercials, documentaries, industrial & educational training
  • Film schools
  • Animated productions
  • Independent feature film producers
  • Television producers
  • Reality television
  • Photographers
  • Lighting and staging companies
  • Concert promoters
  • Theatrical stage productions

We are dedicated to the entertainment business; they are here to assist you, one-on-one, with the right combination of coverage, price and service. We will even speak with adjusters on your behalf. It’s all part of our commitment to customer service and your satisfaction.

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!

 

You Are At Risk!

 

We all love watching the fine work that comes out of Hollywood and other production companies. If you think about the many risks facing production and entertainment companies, most people might run like Forrest Gump!  But we at Movie Insure know that with risks come rewards. Here are a few of the risks faced by the entertainment industry:

  • Stunts and action scenes. There are times when lead actors want to do their own action scenes. If the lead actor is injured it might lead to long delays in production.
  • Foreign locations. Many productions are filmed outside of the USA. This can lead to safety, cultural and legal issues. Especially if the production is travelling with a full crew and production team.
  • High valued set and wardrobes. If sets are damaged or wardrobes destroyed, they must be replaced. Even under the best of situations, a few weeks delay can cost thousands of dollars.
  • Documentaries or other true stories can lead to creating errors in the truth. While there is always some defense in artistic freedom, it really depends on what was agreed to between the parties involved. Also, rewriting scripts during production can lead to errors in factual information.

Our mission is to serve filmmakers with the best policies their dollar can buy. Our diversified staff utilizes state-of-the-art technology to make your insurance experience with us as effortless as possible. Simply put, we are “Independent Brokers/Agents” representing you the “client”.

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!

Property Insurance And Your Entertainment Company

Property insurance is critical to all film and entertainment firms. You have hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment that you need to run your productions. The entertainment property policy you purchase has many different terms and we thought it would be good to review.

Covered property includes your equipment and related property used in the entertainment industry including audio, visual, computer, recording, lighting and projection equipment, wardrobes, props, costumes, and fine arts, as well as similar property of others that is in your care, custody, and control.

Property Loaned, Leased or Rented to Others-You’ll have coverage for direct physical loss to covered property you own that you loan, lease, or rent to others.

Accounts Receivable- Coverage is provided to reestablish accounts receivable records damaged as a result of a covered, direct physical loss.

Extra Expense- Commonly used equipment is easily and quickly replaced. Specialized or customized equipment may not be. To help you keep your performance commitments, your policy can cover the necessary and reasonable expenses up to a specific limit to expedite the repair or replacement of covered property. We can also cover the expenses to temporarily rent replacement property until your damaged property can be reasonably repaired or replaced.

Business Personal Property-Your policy covers direct physical damage to your business personal property resulting from a covered cause of loss.

Note: All coverage described here would be subject to specific limits depending on policy terms.

Our mission is to serve filmmakers with the best policies their dollar can buy. Our diversified staff utilizes state-of-the-art technology to make your insurance experience with us as effortless as possible. Simply put, we are “Independent Brokers/Agents” representing you the “client”. We are licensed professionals and bring a personal touch to the delicate relationship between you, the “client” and the “insurance company.” We can act as “brokers” or as “agents” depending on the product sold and/or our relationship with the actual insurance carrier.

 

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!

 

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!

 

When Your Property Goes Off Your Premises, Your Business Needs Inland Marine Insurance

Entertainment Insurance update

Your entertainment insurance covers your personal property, stock, goods, and products while they are at your insured locations.  However, if you take that business property offsite, it may need special insurance to be covered.  Most modern businesses are highly mobile and frequently interact offsite with goods, products, and supplies from all over the world.

If your business delivers goods to customers or other parties, you want your equipment and products insured while away from your premises. Some examples might include:

  • Cameras
  • Props and other equipment stored in truck
  • Lighting

If you are responsible, you want your business insurance to respond to any claim or loss.  Inland marine insurance can be added to your business insurance policy to cover such risks. Inland marine insurance is designed to cover products in transit, those held over at interim shipping points or various other fixed locations, and other movable properties that are transported from one place to another.

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!

We Do Foreign Production Insurance

Traveling to a foreign country presents some logistical, social, and legal issues that should be thought through prior to travel. Traveling with a cast and crew to a foreign country to film a movie, compounds all those logistics. There are a number of things to consider; one of which is Foreign Production Insurance. Consider these risk factors:

  • Each country has its own laws, rules and guidelines- We always recommend that you investigate these and develop your plans accordingly.
  • Cultural concerns- Not all countries have the same cultural norms as the U.S. Educate the cast and crew on the major cultural differences. Knowing these can go a long way to preventing legal and liability issues. Something as simple as knowing the traffic laws can prevent and or reduce liability to the production company.
  • If you are filming in a foreign county we recommend you purchase a Foreign Production Insurance policy. The coverage typically provides:
  • Foreign Liability coverage
  • Foreign contingent Non-Owned & Hired Auto coverage – Non-Owned & Hired auto coverage (for rented vehicles) is provided on a contingent basis (providing coverage over local primary coverage)
  • Foreign Workers’ Compensation/Employers Liability insurance
  • Props, sets and wardrobe
  • Negative and faulty stock

MovieInsure.com provides the full spectrum of insurance coverages at competitive premiums for foreign productions of any budget, up to 12 months in duration. Single Production and multiple productions (annual policies) are available.