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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.

Your Event Was Just Cancelled…Don’t Worry

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

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 canceled, you still may have legal and financial obligations. If you are holding a concert, comedy show or another 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 canceled 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 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!

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.

 

Why Insure Animals During Your Production

The use of animals as onscreen performers creates many interesting legal, risk and insurance issues for production companies. Animals are used in almost every kind of production including; movies, advertising, documentaries, print and more.

Technology has allowed production companies to use fewer animals such as; the 2011 movie The Rise of The Planet of The Apes starred no real animal’s actors. In addition, animal rights groups have continued to urge filmmakers to follow current rules regarding the treatment of animals during production.

Can You Insure Animals?

Animal Mortality insurance will pay an agreed value for your animal if it dies from any accidental or natural cause. This coverage protects you against loss as a result of a variety of perils, including fire, lightning, windstorm, hail, theft, collision, upset while in transit, accidental shooting, and drowning.  Plus, it pays the agreed value of the animal actor if death was caused by one of the perils listed on the policy.

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..

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 Produce Entertainment Insurance

You are in the entertainment and education business. You create and design products that truly amaze us all. In doing so, you also create risks for your company, employees, and others. We can produce an entertainment insurance policy that fits your needs. John Hart Insurance produces entertainment insurance that will match your risks. We work with many of the leading insurers in the entertainment industry.

To protect your firm you should consider the following kinds of insurance:

  1. Worker’s Compensation- Covers injury to employees.
  2. Business income – If you have a loss and can’t operate, this insurance provides replacement income for a period of time.
  3. Cast Insurance- Reimburses the production company for any extra expense necessary to complete principal photography of an insured production due to death, injury or sickness of any insured performer or director.
  4. 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.
  5. Props, Sets, and Wardrobe- Provides coverage on props, sets, scenery, costumes, wardrobe and similar theatrical property against risks of direct physical loss, damage or destruction occurring during the production.

The entertainment industry is a very competitive and complex business that comes with uncommon exposure risks. Entertainment insurance can help protect against many liabilities and we are ready to help you.

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..

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 Business Hiring This Summer?

Many businesses today offer college students the opportunity to hold a summer intern position. These can be rewarding for the college student as well as provide some help to the business. Offering paid or non-paid internships can create risk for your business.  We wanted to highlight some of the business risks associated with having interns.  Before you bring that person on board, make sure your business is well prepared.

  • You should have a written plan. It should include a job description, hours, and line of authority.
  • Check to see if there are any state regulations that might be impacted.
  • If you offer a paid internship, you will need to treat the intern like any other employee.  We suggest having a formal agreement indemnifying the terms of the agreement, including the time period of the internship.
  • If the internship is a paid position, don’t forget about workers’ compensation.
  • Make sure you comply with Healthcare Reform relating to employee benefits.
  • Make sure the intern understands they are not entitled to “regular” company benefits, i.e. retirement, insurance, vacation, etc.
  • The internship must provide similar training that would be given in an educational environment.
  • There must be a “true” benefit for the intern.
  • The internship cannot be for the sole benefit of the company.
  • The intern must not replace regular employees and should work under the close supervision of existing staff.

Unpaid internships for for-profit companies are subject to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act. There are provisions if you offer educational credit.  Here is a link to the U.S. Department of Labor.

We recommend you check with the department of labor to make sure your program meets all of the requirements.  There have been many businesses who have been sued as a result of improper internship programs.

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.

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..

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 Can Insure Your Documentary

Documentaries come in many forms. Some take years to shoot and produce, while others may only take a few months. No matter how big or small, having the proper production insurance for your documentary can be one of the most important things you can have. All the activities associated with filming a documentary bring unique risks that should be insured. And when it comes to movie insurance, Movie Insure has the solutions.

Here is a short overview of coverage you might consider:

  • Rented Equipment
  • Owned Equipment
  • Props, Sets and Wardrobe
  • Third Party Property Damage
  • Extra Expense
  • General Liability
  • Automobile Liability and Physical Damage
  • Workers Compensation

Once a documentary is finished, the next step is 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 on which you are working.

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 An Independent Agent?

Everyone has seen insurance advertisements that feature a lizard, a man who creates trouble and a woman in white trying to sell you insurance. These ads may be entertaining, but how in the world can you tell these companies apart? What are the differences?  Is one company better than any other?  Will the coverage, price, and service meet my needs?

There are two distinct kinds of agents in the United States; Independent agents/brokers and direct writers. Let’s define these for you.

Independent Agents

An independent agent is a business that is owned and operated by local business professionals. Some larger agents may have a board of directors and many partners, but usually, the ownership is local and independent. These agents offer many different insurance products through many different insurance companies. Independent agents sell the products that most appropriately meet the needs of their clients. Independent agents typically are very well trained and knowledgeable of the complexities of the insurance market and insurance law.

Most independent agents have multiple companies from which to shop your insurance needs. More markets make it more likely that they will find the exact fit for your specific situation. It also allows for greater competition, which benefits the client.

The goal of the independent agent is to provide the best possible combination of coverage, price, and service. For example, independent agents have experience in understanding what services insurance companies offer and can match unique services with client needs. Not all insurance companies are alike.

Direct Writers

A direct writer is an agent who distributes policies for only one insurance company. Examples of these companies include Farmers Insurance, State Farm Insurance, and Allstate Insurance. Direct writers are agents paid by the insurance company and cannot utilize the entire insurance market.

If your roof needed replacement would you go to just one roofer for a quote?  Would you hire a roofer because their ads are funny?  Wouldn’t it make good financial sense to go to more than one roofer to get options and pricing comparisons?

The value of the insurance you buy genuinely is established when and if you have a claim. Independent agents advise and help clients through the claim process. Direct writers are working for the insurance company and may not always have your best interests in mind.

As common industry phrase is: independent agents/brokers work for the customer, direct writers work for the company. Enough said!

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!

Entertainment Risk 101

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”.

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!