Category Archives: Movie Safety

We Insure Drones

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), affectionately referred to as “Drones”, are revolutionizing the Aerial Photography and Film industry as we know it. Getting 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.

There are hundreds of models of drones with a wide range of weight, speed, payload, and technical features including “auto-return” and GPS. Drones are used in more than film and movie productions. Agriculture, security, real estate and of course the obvious.

The technology has been evolving faster than the insurance industry, making it difficult for underwriters and insurance carriers to properly price the risk and make the coverage affordable and available to marketplace.

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?

Will My Insurance Cover Drone Operations?

Most entertainment insurance policies exclude drones, so a separate aircraft policy will be necessary.  Aviation is a litigious environment. You may not consider what you are doing to be dangerous, but you can expect the plaintiff lawyers to knock on your door if you ever damage property, let alone injure someone.

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: California, Colorado, Arizona, District of Colombia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington. If you do not see your state listed here, please inquire anyway – we are growing.

Drone-Liability.com is a site designed to help drone owner/operators find insurance. Drone-Liability.com is owned by Movieinsure.com, Inc.

What Is Event Cancelation Insurance?

No matter how well events are planned and organized, there are many things that can go wrong which can cause the event to be cancelled.

Event cancellation insurance provides protection for organizations, event planners, production companies and others that host conventions, plays, concerts, trade and consumer shows.  Coverage is available for indoor and outdoor events held nearly anywhere in the world. If your event is cancelled, you still may have legal and financial obligations. If you are holding a concert, comedy show or other entertainment event, call John Hart today.

Event cancellation Insurance can cover expenses or lost revenue that you might stand to lose if the event you are managing or promoting is cancelled or postponed due to unforeseeable reasons beyond your control.

Insurance coverage can include protection from adverse weather, heavy rain, fire, collapse or destruction of the event site, damage to surrounding venues or infrastructure, disease outbreak resulting in lack of access, power failures, and strikes. Other coverage can include non-appearance of a key speaker or entertainer, failure to vacate the event facility, and physical loss of personal property and door registration receipts.

You have a lot invested in your event, and event insurance is a good way to protect that investment. No matter how much time, energy and money you invest in your events, there may be factors beyond your control that can cause costly cancellations or interruptions.

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 Movie Business Can Be Risky

We all love watching the fine work that comes out of Hollywood and other production companies. 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.

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!

 

Are You Renting Equipment?

Like many organizations, your entertainment firm may rent or lease equipment from time to time.  It is important to understand who is responsible for the rented equipment, and that your understanding is consistent with the written rental agreement. Not all rental agreements are the same. Some rental agreements will include property damage insurance as part of the rental fee. Other rental agreements may require you to be responsible for all damage. And finally, some rental agreements may require you to pay a deductible if there is damage. This can be very confusing especially if you are leasing or renting a high value item.

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

There are many important things to remember when considering a rental agreement:

  1. Leasing companies come in many varieties including banks, brokers, equipment specialists, independents, and companies of all sizes. Each has different levels of flexibility and requirements.
  2. Understand what the rental/lease agreement says regarding repairs, maintenance, and upgrades. This applies more to long term leases rather than short term leases.
  3. It may be in your best interest to insure the equipment separately. This may be more cost effective depending on how the agreement is written.
  4. MovieInsure.com and allow us to review the rental agreement on your behalf.

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!

Does My Small Production Company Need Entertainment Insurance

Competition is tough in the entertainment business and it may be even tougher for small independent productions companies. You need an insurance broker who understands your needs and responds to you with timely and accurate information.  We have access to all major companies and are experts in matching clients’ entertainment insurance needs with the best rated insurance companies and coverage.

As Entertainment Insurance Brokers, we act on behalf of our clients. We are an intermediary between the buyer and the insurance company in soliciting, negotiating, purchasing coverage and rendering services related to these functions.

Some of our services include

  • Perform a risk review for special hazards
  • Design specific entertainment coverage that addressees your needs
  • Forward the job award letter certificates to the production company
  • Manage all claims
  • Provide safety resources through insurers as needed

 Here are some of the entertainment risks we can cover

  • Cast insurance
  • Production errors & omissions
  • Films, theaters, events, sports and leisure, short term production and more
  • Foreign productions
  • Damage to props and other equipment
  • Copy write infringement
  • Intellectual property
  • Rented and leased vehicles
  • Animal mortality

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!

 

Top 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 Knows The Entertainment Business

Movies, films, documentaries and short films entertain us and may even bring a tear to our eyes. But for film producers, an uninsured loss can bring tears to their eyes as well.

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 entertainment insurance experience with us as effortless as possible. Simply put, we are “Independent Brokers/Agents” representing you the “client”.

“So you say I have a chance?”

If you are involved in any of these kinds of productions, you need to have a comprehensive entertainment policy.

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

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”

These are common risks shared by most productions

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

 

“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

We have over 60 years combined experience in the field of entertainment insurance. We focus exclusively on understanding the unique needs of motion picture, television, video, music and theatrical companies. Call us today for more information.

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 Risks of Using Animals in Productions

Entertainment Insurance Update

Movie Insure insurance offers entertainment insurance for films that includes unique coverages specific to movie making and other productions, including; cast coverage, animals, props, sets and wardrobe coverage; extra expense coverage; third party property damage coverage; miscellaneous equipment coverage; faulty stock coverage; and negative coverage

Animals have been used in movie-making, advertising, documentaries and other print, films and production functions since the early days of the industry.

We can offer special entertainment insurance coverage for the animals used in your production. This coverage protects you against loss.  Plus, the policy will pay the agreed value of the animal actor if death was caused by one of the perils listed on the policy. Animal Extra Expense would provide a “cast-type coverage” for insured animals that would reimburse the out-of-pocket expense incurred as a result of the interruption, postponement or cancellation of the production resulting from injury, death or illness to the animal so insured.

We get the resumes on the animal actors and their wranglers.  We can then write Animal Mortality coverage (life insurance) on the animals for a predetermined value.

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 Myth Busters… All I Need Is Replacement Cost Coverage

Most people think, “If my policy has replacement cost coverage I am ok, right?”  Well, maybe not.  The term “replacement cost” means “the cost to replace the property on the same premises with other property of comparable material and quality used for the same purpose.”

A Common Myth

“My policy has replacement cost coverage, so I am covered in the event of a loss.”

Myth Busted

Replacement cost coverage has limitations. The most important limitation is that it will only repair or replace up to the policy limit.  So, if your building has a replacement value of $500,000, but your policy has a limit of $450,000, you are underinsured by $50,000.

There may also be a need for functional or extended replacement cost coverage in certain situations.  A guaranteed replacement cost policy pays whatever it costs to rebuild your building as it was before the fire or other disaster–even if it exceeds the policy limit.

The example above is an excellent example of why it is important to have an agent who knows and understands insurance, and one who can communicate complex issues in “English”. This allows our customers to make intelligent choices regarding their insurance.

Saving money on your production insurance is not always an easy thing for many companies to do. You have many options regarding insurance agents and insurance companies that at times can be confusing.  There offer several ways to reduce your production insurance cost without jeopardizing coverage. 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!

 

Proven Ways to Reduce Your Production Insurance Cost

9836405_xlSaving money on your production insurance is not always an easy thing for many companies to do. You have many options regarding insurance agents and insurance companies that at times can be confusing.  There are several ways to reduce your production insurance cost without jeopardizing coverage. Here are a few;

  • Use a broker who knows and understands your industry. Having an understanding of your risks, and what markets are best suited for your risks, can result in lower costs. Have us shop your insurance. We have access to many insurers, which allows us to offer you many options.
  • Provide driver’s training. Having educated and trained drivers can reduce your business auto insurance cost by up to 5%.
  • Have proper safety equipment. Do you have sprinklers and central station smoke detectors? These can help reduce insurance costs.
  • Remove irrelevant coverage. Before agreeing to a business insurance policy, ask us which items are optional endorsements. Some endorsements can be removed if you don’t require the coverage. Removing irrelevant coverage can reduce your insurance premium.
  • Combine all your commercial insurance into one package. Insurers often give credits for more than one line of insurance (Property, Auto, Liability, Excess, Professionals).
  • Increase deductibles. Insurers will often provide good credits if you increase your deductibles on property or auto physical damage.

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!