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Shooting A Commercial In L.A…? You need Insurance

Shooting A Commercial In L.A…? You need Insurance

Every day in Los Angles there are literally dozens of production companies shooting, commercials, training films, full length motion pictures and documentaries. All these activities bring with them unique risks that should be insured. And when it comes to entertainment insurance.

Here is a short overview of what insurance you might consider:

  • Rented Equipment
  • Owned Equipment
  • Cast Coverage
  • Props, Sets and Wardrobe
  • Negative & Faulty Stock
  • Third Party Property Damage
  • Extra Expense
  • General Liability
  • Automobile Liability and Physical Damage
  • Workers Compensation

Once a film, television pilot, commercial, or documentary is finished, the next step is normally distribution. Most distributors will require the production company obtain an Errors and Omissions policy on the production. If you are a distributor, you should always carry your own E&O policy, in addition to requiring each of the productions you distribute to be covered. When purchasing your insurance policies, it is once again important to remember that the amount of coverage you purchase is wholly dependent upon the type of project you’re working on.

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!

 

Insurance Plays An Important Role iIn Movie Productions

Insurance Plays An Important Role iIn Movie Productions

Insurance can help keep any production on track, especially after a loss. There are risks the production company has that can be managed through the proper insurance products. Here is some of the coverage that may apply:

Cast & Crew Insurance

Cast and Crew insurance indemnifies the production company for the loss or extra expenses to begin or complete principal work of an insured production due to death, injury or illness of any insured artist or director.

Participant Accident Insurance

Participant Accident Insurance can provide accident medical benefits and, at the sponsor’s option, may include accidental death, dismemberment, dental and disability benefits, as well.

Errors & Omissions for Film Producers

Errors & Omissions Insurance for producers offers coverage for a wide variety of entertainment/media risks against lawsuits for libel, slander, invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright and other specified torts. Generally, these claims do not involve bodily injury.

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!

 

Production Completion Bond Coverage

Production Completion Bond Coverage

Many films and production has a written contract that guarantees production will be completed on time and on budget. Completion Bonds are also going to be required by a studio, bank, individual, or investor who is providing funding for the production.

A Production Completion Bond steps in if your production can’t be completed. These bonds are written by a special group of insurance or bonding companies. The bonding company will finish the film, or your investors can redeem the bond for cash, subject to bond terms and conditions. The bonding company can’t guarantee the production will be a “success” but rather it will be completed.

Before the Completion Bond can be executed by the bonding company, the following will need to be provided.

  • Budget
  • Total production costs
  • Contingency funds
  • Shooting schedule
  • Script
  • Cast
  • Resumes of key crew
  • Review of project financing
  • Insurance

The bond company will then decide to guarantee or not to guarantee the production. If they decide to guarantee the production they may want to monitor the production through to completion. If the bonding company determines that the production will not meet its obligations, it could place a representative on site to review daily operations. The standard premium is around 6% of the amount financed. In reality this percentage is negotiable, especially if you have experience and have been under budget and on schedule for other productions.

Of course the larger the production the more detailed information will be required by the guaranteeing company.

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!

 

Movie Insure Offers The Right Kind Of Insurance

Here is a list of how help you keep you production on time and on budget

We work with many different kinds of entertainment firms; we have a great line up of entertainment insurance stars that are sure to keep your entertainment company strong!

Producers Errors and Omissions – Covers the legal liability and defense for the production company against lawsuits alleging unauthorized use of title, format, ideas, characters, plots, plagiarism, unfair competition.

Foreign Production Insurance – Covers the liability associated with production in foreign countries.

Animal Mortality – Animal Mortality insurance will pay an agreed value for your animal actor if it dies from any accidental or natural cause.

Short Term Entertainment Insurance – This is the same quality insurance for those productions that are only a few days or weeks.

Stun Insurance– Many productions use stunts while filming their movie, commercial, or short film. Even training films often include stunts as part of the production.

Cast Insurance– Cast coverage is intended to reimburse the production company for extra expense to complete the production due to the death, injury or sickness of any insured artist(s). Coverage can be expanded to include illness, but only after the individual is medically examined. At that time the insurer will extend coverage to include illness. Coverage can also include kidnapping of any artist or director

Participant Accident Insurance– Participant Accident Insurance can provide accident medical benefits and, at the sponsor’s option, may include accidental death, dismemberment, dental and disability benefits, as well.

Property Insurance– If you have special cameras or other expensive equipment. We can offer replace cost insurance 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!

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

Cast Insurance… A Coverage You May Need?

The world of entertainment is transformed by the talents and creativity on both sides of the camera like few other industries. At Movie Insure we recognize and understand that the world of entertainment contains very real risks. We read almost weekly about the importance of protecting the talent and cast, because depending on the type of production, the cast usually is the single largest part of most budgets.

There are many reasons why a production company, talent agency, movie studio or even an event manager might consider cast insurance. A cast member might become sick or develop some issue that could prevent them from performing. Not having the cast ready when production starts can create considerable financial losses for many individuals and firms involved.

Cast coverage is intended to reimburse the production company for extra expense to complete principal photography due to the death, injury or sickness of any insured artist(s). Coverage can be expanded to include illness, but only after the individual is medically examined. At that time the insurer will extend coverage to include illness. Coverage can also include kidnapping of any artist or director. Coverage can begin up to four weeks prior to filming.

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 Love Entertainment Insurance

An Entertainment Insurance update

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 entertainment 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.

Here are some of the entertainment risks we can cover

  • Cast insurance
  • Production errors & omissions
  • Damage to props and other equipment
  • Copy write infringement
  • Intellectual property
  • Rented and leased vehicles
  • Animal mortality

Here are the type of operations we have experience with

  • Television or film productions
  • Commercials
  • Documentaries
  • Music videos
  • Educational films
  • Corporate productions
  • Commercial photographers

Our goal is to provide exceptional service while giving you peace of mind so you can focus on what you do best, create. Give us a call and let us show you how we can save you time and money on your insurance.

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 Help Young Producers

We Help Young Producers

The epic movie Gone with the Wind cost $4 million to produce in 1939. In 2018 it would not even get you a leading man. The movie and entertainment business has changed over the years. And so have the risks that are involved in creating the next academy award winner.

The world is getting smaller and movies, commercials, and documentaries are being produced all over the world. Digital technology is rapidly changing the landscape of cinematography, postproduction, and distribution. The entertainment business is much more complex and litigious creating the need for the right kind of insurance.

We offer the complete entertainment insurance package- Here are a few

Cast Insurance– Cast insurance protects against extra expenses (such as salaries and equipment rentals) until production can resume.

Film– Film, videotape and other video or audio media can be easily damaged. Insurance can replace damaged lost or stolen film.

Props– Props, sets and costumes are an important part of any production. They need to be insured. Insurance helps protect against the costs required to repair or replace those sometimes unique items.

Event Cancellation– The coverage is designed to respond to almost any unexpected circumstance that causes the cancellation, abandonment, postponement of the event.

Professional Liability– Your company can be sued for improper use of an image, copyright infringement of a song or script and contract negotiations.

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 have 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.

We Think of Insurance as a Promise

Entertainment update

Many people look at insurance as a commodity, like buying car or a piece of furniture.  Consequently, they become caught up in searching for the lowest price for the “product of insurance.”  Insurance is less of a commodity, and more of a promise or service.

Promise vs. product

Entertainment insurance is a promise from the insurer to cover your claim or loss per the terms of the policy.  What many people fail to understand is that policies or “promises” differ from company to company. If you never have a claim, then you do not know if the insurer will live up to the promise you think they have made.  However, if you do have a claim you want the promises kept.

That is where we come in.  As an agent, we help you understand the promises made, and work with you to make sure the insurer fulfills all promises.  We can also help you design a policy that fits your needs.

Here are few things to remember about insurance promises

  • Getting the right coverage is not the insurer’s responsibility–it is yours. You need to determine what limits, deductibles, and coverage you will need to cover your risk.  As an agent, we can help you through that process.
  • You may need special or unique coverage like foreign production, coverage for the cast or for special equipment. We are here to help you evaluate your risk.
  • Insurance companies differ. We can show you how insurers differ in regards to product and services.

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 entertainment 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.

Our goal is to provide exceptional service while giving you peace of mind so you can focus on what you do best, create. Give us a call and let us show you how we can save you time and money on your insurance.

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!

 

Movie Insure  – We Are Independent

 We are an independent agency. This means we don’t work for any one insurance company. We have access to many markets, giving us the ability to shop your account and search the market for the best option for you. With captive insurance agents, like the big national companies, you only get the guidance of one company that sells one brand of insurance. With an independent insurance agent, you might get up to eight choices. There are a number of benefits to working with us:

  • John Hart Insurance specializes in the film and production industry that is all we do. We know and understand your industry.
  • 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
  • John Hart Insurance. is your one stop shop; we offer a complete line of insurance
  • Our staff is qualified and trained to explain coverage in understandable language
  • We can review coverage and make necessary changes based on your needs

When you work with us, we will give you unbiased advice.  As an independent insurance agent w,e 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 policy holders. We can narrow your options down and help you choose between the best insurance companies in the market.

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!

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