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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.

Stunt Insurance

Safety of performers is always the number one priority; whether it is maintaining a safe working environment or ensuring the physical safety of actors and stunt professionals. Many productions use stunts while filming their movie, commercial, or short film. Even training films often include stunts as part of the production.  However, many traditional insurance packages don’t automatically cover stunt work.

We can provide special stunt coverage for any production you are involved in. Directors and production companies can attain coverage for the following… Stunts, aerial scenes, falls, fight scenes, recreational vehicles, water scenes, weapons, precision driving, and animals.

Here are a few if the stunts that should be insured:

  • Aerial Work
  • Fight Scenes
  • Animals
  • Scripted Falls
  • Special Driving
  • Use of Weapons
  • Underwater Work

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.

Do You Need Insurance Coverage For a Short Term?

Every day in Los Angles there are literally dozens of production companies are shooting commercials, training films or engaged in other activities.  Many times these are short-term projects and do not require an annual entertainment policy. All these activities bring with them unique risks that should be insured. And when it comes to entertainment insurance,

We can provide an insurance program that can run for days or weeks. The short term entertainment insurance policy can provide the same level of coverage as an annual policy.

Short Term Production Insurance Might include

  • Rented Equipment
  • Owned Equipment
  • Props, Sets and Wardrobe
  • Negative & Faulty Stock
  • Automobile Liability and Physical Damage
  • Workers Compensation
  • Premises Liability

This office specializes in providing any form of insurance required in the entertainment industry, and we would be pleased to discuss any insurance problem you may have at no obligation.

We are available for our clients anytime.  When in production, all our clients can issue certificates of insurance online – (anytime or anywhere with an internet connection).

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.

We are proud to offer specialized coverage for production and event insurance of all types.

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..

Why Use Movie Insure As Your Entertainment Broker?

Why Use Movie Insure As Your Entertainment Broker?

Movie Insure has over 30 years of combined experience in the field of entertainment insurance.  We focus exclusively on understanding the unique needs of a 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
  • Films
  • 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.

Risks For The Entertainment Industry

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!

 

Movie Insure Produces The Right Kind Of Insurance

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

We work with many different kinds of entertainment firms, and we have a motto, “If it is fun, we insure it.” We have a great line up of 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, and 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 take only a few days or weeks.

Stunt 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 expenses 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.

 

Business Interruption Insurance For Your Entertainment Firm

Coverage For Every Movie Production Company

Business Interruption Coverage is part of commercial insurance policies. This coverage is most commonly found in Commercial Property Insurance Policies and Business Owner’s Policies (a package policy for small businesses, often referred to as a “BOP”). If you own a production, film, TV, media, or Entertainment Company, California Entertainment Business Interruption insurance should be part of your program. Remember we specialize in your industry. There are a number of important elements to Business Interruption Insurance:

  1. Coverage is triggered by a covered loss; for example fire, wind, etc.
  2. There is a waiting period that acts like a deductible.
  3. Coverage is limited to lost net income, temporary relocation, and ongoing expenses such as payroll that enables businesses to continue paying employees rather than laying them off.
  4. There is a time period for recovery, usually 12-18 months.

Extra Expense Insurance reimburses your company for expenses, over and above normal operating expenses, to avoid having to shut down during the restoration period. Usually, extra expenses will be paid if they help to decrease business interruption costs

Business Interruption Insurance can be as vital to the survival of your production firm, studio or company as Fire Insurance. Make sure your policy limits cover a sufficient amount of time to rebuild your business. It can take more time than anticipated after a major disaster to get your business functioning again.

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!

 

Property Insurance For Film & Production Companies

We get questions every day regarding what are the common coverage’s found in commercial property insurance for film and production companies. Part one of our series, film & production company property insurance, we will review; definition of covered property, leased or rented property, accounts receivable, extra expense, and business personal property. Let’s get to it.

Definition of Covered Property-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.

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.