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Why Event Planners Need Insurance

What Coverage Do I Need for My Special Event?

Are you involved in promoting a special event? Special Event Insurance must be part of your planning. Special Event Insurance can provide the necessary security to ensure that if something does go wrong, you and your guests are protected.

What is Special Event Insurance?

There are many different kinds of Special Event insurance. Depending on your event, there is insurance coverage that addresses the specific risks. Special Event Insurance is designed to protect the event sponsors or planners against liability claims associated with the event. Claims can come from participants, vendors, and other third parties. Here are a few of the different kinds of events that require insurance:

Festivals– This kind of event would include a community gathering in celebration of a community leader, special day, or organization. These events often include food and activities consistent with a theme. Festivals are usually held in parks or other public places which creates liability for the event sponsors. Festival Liability Insurance is the perfect solution to help sponsors manage these risks.

Music/Concert Events – Concerts are events where the sponsor is responsible for managing a large or small crowd around both professional and nonprofessional performers and musicians. Concert sponsors have a responsibility to manage crowds, provide security, and deal with the “talent”. Concert Event Insurance is the most effective method to protect against liability that can occur during concerts and other music related festivals.

Holiday Festivals– Holiday Festivals are usually centered around a specific cultural or religious holiday. They can include crafts, food, performers, and even alcohol. Holiday Festivals, like other events, create liability for the event sponsors. Special Event Insurance provides the necessary coverage to protect the sponsors and other liable parties such as the building owner.

Private Business Events– Companies large and small plan and organize client events, employee training, seminars, and parties. Much like weddings, these events create liability to the company organizing them. Special Event Liability Insurance can provide protection against claims that might arise from third parties.

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..

Property Insurance For Production Firms Part II

Part one of property for film and production companies we talked about; definition of covered property, leased or rented property, accounts receivable, extra expense, and business personal property. Now let us cover some additional areas.

Rental Reimbursement -Coverage for continuing rental or lease charges you are legally obligated to pay under a written lease or contract for covered property you rent or lease from others when that property suffers direct physical damage as a result of a covered cause of loss.

Newly Acquired Property-newly acquired entertainment equipment is covered usually, for up to $10,000, for 45 days or until the expiration or cancellation of the policy, whichever comes first.

Valuable Records, Data, and Software-Record keeping is essential for any business. Your policy can include coverage to restore, replace or reproduce your valuable records, data and software.

Unexplained Disappearance-Your coverage is extended to provide up to a specific limit towards the cost to replace covered property that is discovered to be lost or missing upon taking inventory and for which you can furnish a sales receipt or manufacturer’s packaging.

Exhibitions-Equipment that is physically damaged by a covered cause of loss while on temporary exhibition is covered. Error in Repairing, Restoration, or Retouching Your policy also extends coverage to the loss resulting from your employees’ defective workmanship in repairing, restoring, or retouching covered property.

Movieinsure.com can provide your film or production company with:

  • Coverage is available for a wide variety of equipment used in the arts and entertainment industry
  • Property in storage
  • Property in transit
  • Coverage for props and sets
  • Coverage for cameras
  • Property owned by others and in your care, custody, or control
  • Property on exhibition
  • Expediting expense, rental reimbursement, exhibitions, and other important coverage additions and basic limits can be built-in
  • Coverage is available on a scheduled or blanket basis
  • Limits may be customized to meet your individual needs

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.

 

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!

 

Why Your Entertainment Business Needs Earthquake Insurance

Earthquakes occur almost every day in the United States. Most are not large enough to cause damage, but sooner or later a big one will hit. The resulting damage, loss of life, and the impact on our economy could be devastating. Many businesses may not even give earthquake insurance much thought, but if you are in the process of business planning or working through your renewal, earthquake insurance may be wise to consider.

Why You Need Earthquake Insurance

  • Your business policy does not cover damage caused by earthquakes. You must either purchase an earthquake coverage endorsement or purchase a separate policy for earthquake insurance.
  • You can’t count on the federal government to help.

What Earthquake Insurance Can Insure

  • Buildings
  • Business personal property
  • Loss of Business Income
  • Earthquake Sprinkler Leakage
  • Betterment or Repairs required by local ordinance or law

We recommend every business complete a short risk assessment that can include the following questions:

  1. Do you operate in a high-risk area?
  2. What would your potential loss be?
  3. Do you have resources to repair or re-build if there is damage?
  4. Can you minimize the loss through building retrofits or additional construction?
  5. What is the cost of insurance?

If you do purchase earthquake insurance, you’ll probably want to buy enough to cover the costs of rebuilding your building and replacing damaged personal property. That means the amount of insurance you buy generally should be based on replacement or reconstruction costs and not the current market value.

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!

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!

Event Cancellation Insurance

A Business Insurance Update

Is there anything worse than planning and preparing for a special event only to have it canceled at the last minute due to weather, or some other unforeseen reason? Special events are important and you want your event to go off without any issues. Event Cancelation Insurance helps protect your business and the planning days leading up to it.

Special events can include sporting events and competitions, trade shows, conferences, lectures, festivals, fairs, film, television, premieres, concerts and tours, corporate functions, community events, weddings and other special family gatherings.

Event Cancellations Insurance can help if you face a cancellation or postponement due to an unforeseen event such as illness, inclement weather or loss of speakers. Event Cancellation Insurance will provide reimbursement for deposits forfeited and other charges paid or contracted to be paid by the insured. This can include transporting costs, catering services, property and equipment rentals, location rentals, accommodations (including travel arrangements and accommodations for a honeymoon if applicable), specialized equipment, flowers, event photographs, videos and entertainment expenses.

Event Cancelation Insurance should not be confused with Event Liability Insurance, which is designed to cover guests and other third parties if they are injured or suffer loss at your event.

Examples of Event Cancellation Claims:

  • Heavy fog at a spectator event
  • Heavy winds at a balloon event
  • Snow/hailstorm at a golf event
  • Flooding of local roads prevent access to a venue
  • Pool sanitation issues at a swimming event
  • Flooding at a boat race
  • Convention center destroyed by fire
  • Performer unable to attend due to accident or illness

Event Cancelation Insurance policy terms

Event Cancelation Insurance has many unique terms. Remember insurance policies will vary. Here are some of the essential terms found in an Event Cancelation Insurance policy.

Loss: Expenses which are irrevocably expended in connection with the insured event.

Expenses: The total of all costs and charges which would have been incurred by the Insured in organizing, running and providing services for the insured event.

Cancellation or Cancelled:  The inability to commence the insured events.

Deductible: The insurance is subject to the deductible stated in the schedule, paid by the insured.

Insured obligations: The insured shall do all things necessary to avoid or diminish a loss under this insurance including rescheduling the insured event.

Typical Exclusions:

  • Contractual dispute
  • War, civil commotion, and riot
  • Fraud, misrepresentation or concealment
  • Cancellation or postponement voluntary by you
  • Any reduction in attendance that is not explicitly attributable to the necessary cancellation, disruption or rescheduling of the insured event

Like any insurance product, the terms and conditions of the policy will govern all claims settlements. This information is intended to be a brief overview of the issue and is not a replacement for the actual insurance policy you purchase.

Event Cancellation Insurance is an integral part of your risk management plan and is designed to protect against the loss of costs, expenses or revenues associated with this exposure. The price to secure Event Cancelation Insurance is very reasonable and available.

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!

Leased or Rented Equipment

Like many organizations, your business may rent or lease equipment from time to time. You may be planning a special event and need a tent to accommodate 250 people as part of a business activity. Or, perhaps you are renting a sound system for a concert, or leasing office equipment such as your copier.  These kinds of events create added risk to the organization.

It is essential to have an understanding of who is responsible for the rented equipment and that your knowledge is consistent with the written agreement. Not all rental arrangements are the same. Some rental contracts will include property damage insurance as part of the rental fee. Other rental contracts may require the business to be responsible for all damage. And finally, some rental contracts may expect 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.

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

  • 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.
  • Understand what the agreement says regarding repairs, maintenance, and upgrades. This applies more to long-term leases rather than short-term leases.
  • It may be in your best interest to insure the equipment separately. It may be more cost effective depending on how the agreement is written.

We offer a number of insurance options if you are involved in renting or leasing equipment. Coverage is available for a wide variety of property while, n your care, custody, and control:

  • Property located on or off-premises
  • Property in transit
  • Equipment held on display in showrooms or at other exhibitions
  • Generally all risk of direct physical loss including earthquake

With our agency, you have the option to customize your coverage, limits, and deductibles. You may even select different deductibles for different coverages.  The bottom line is when you are deciding to lease equipment, be certain you are aware of all costs involved in the transaction. Then, balance the costs against the benefits to make the appropriate choice for you and your organization.

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 Offer A Complete Range Of Insurance For The Entertainment Industry

We work with many different kinds of entertainment firms. We know and understand your risk and are ready to help your business thrive.

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 scheduled performer or director.

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

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.

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

Umbrella Insurance – Umbrella Insurance provides extra protection or limits above the primary liability insurance you currently have.

Extra Expense – Reimburses the production company for any extra expense necessary to complete principal photography of an insured production due to the damage or destruction of property or facilities (props, sets or equipment) used in connection with the production.

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.

Workers’ Compensation – This coverage is required to be carried by State law and applies to all temporary or permanent cast or production crew members.

Comprehensive Liability – Protects the production company against claims for Bodily Injury or Property Damage Liability arising out of filming. Coverage includes the use of all non-owned vehicles (both on and off camera).

Negative Film and Videotape – Covers against risks of direct physical loss, damage or destruction of raw film or tape stock, exposed film (developed or undeveloped), recorded videotape, soundtracks and tapes and software used to generate computer images, up to the number of insured production costs.

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!

All coverage subject to actual policy terms and conditions

We Protect Your Investment With Insurance

California Entertainment Insurance

The epic movie Gone with the Wind cost $4 million to produce in 1939. In 2015, that amount would not even cover the cost of 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. MovieInsure.com Insurance Services produces entertainment insurance that will match your risks. We work with many of the leading insurers in the entertainment industry.

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, post production, 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 of the insurance products we provide:

Cast Insurance – In the event of a production delay, 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, and they need to be insured.  Insurance helps protect against the costs required to repair or replace those unique items.

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

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

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.