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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!

 

 

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.

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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.

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!

An Entertainment Insurance Update

An Entertainment Insurance Update

When it comes to entertainment insurance, you want to be adequately covered if you do have a claim, but you do not want to pay more than you should.  We recommend that you call us before your insurance policies renew, so we can shop the market and compare options for you.

  • Review your deductibles and limits – Are they adequate for your needs?
  • Use an independent agent – Independent agents can access many different insurance companies and select the one that offers the best combination of coverage, service, and pricing.
  • Do not buy insurance on the internet – Call us so that we can provide you with outstanding service along with competitive pricing.
  • An umbrella, or “excess,” policy kicks in where your liability coverage for your business ends, and is a necessity if you have any assets to protect. A $1 million umbrella is common, but $2 million is more realistic these days.
  • Set the right deductible – A higher deductible reduces your premium, but you have to pay more out of pocket in the event of an accident.
  • Buy from a financially strong company – Your insurance is only as good as the company who stands behind the policy. The insurance company should have an “A+” rating or higher.

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!

Is Your Movie Production Covered?

At MovieInsure.com Insurance Services we focus exclusively on understanding the unique needs of motion picture, television, video, music, film schools and theatrical companies.  This knowledge base allows us to structure a production insurance program specifically for each client that will be a balance of the best coverage and most economical solutions to help the client manage the risks inherent to their unique businesses.

Common Entertainment Industry Claims

  • A production company was contracted to complete a film with certain time and budget constraints. The production came in 30% over budget and 120 days late. The production company was sued for failure to perform per the contract terms.
  • An event planner scheduled a concert with an international performer. The event was planned and scheduled, with over 5,000 tickets sold. The performer got sick two days before the event and had to cancel. The event planner had Event Cancelation Insurance and had the resources to settle all claims and reschedule the event for a later date.
  • A production company had $200,000 worth of equipment damaged on set by a sudden wind and hail storm. Insurance provided full recovery.
  • A post production firm was contracted to produce 20,000 DVD’s for the Christmas season. Due to production issues the firm missed the release time and the owners of the DVD sued the firm for lost revenue.

We can help you design an insurance product that meets your individual needs. We are proud to offer specialized coverage for production and event insurance of all types.

MovieInsure.com Insurance Services 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.

 

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!

 

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!

 

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!