How a Specialized Film Insurance Broker can help your Production

Posted by David Hamilton on Feb 29, 2016 9:39:49 AM

But first, what are insurance brokers?

Insurance Brokers work for the client to represent their interests, negotiating the lowest possible premium and the broadest coverage available. This is very different from an insurance agent, who represents the interests of an insurer. Brokers must take on-going to courses to maintain their licenses, which must be renewed yearly. They must be insured in each province for which they provide advice, so producers should check to see that their broker is licensed in the province in which they will shoot to prevent the production company from being fined.

 

What is a brokerage?

logo5Front Row, for example, is a brokerage, housing a group of national experts – brokers who have specialized in the study and practice of insurance for film production, TV series, documentaries, webisodes, music videos and more. A brokerage must carry its own E&O insurance because brokers are responsible for their actions and can be sued for professional negligence if their advice is deemed to be faulty. It’s important to know the limit of the E&O insurance the brokerage holds:  $1,000,000 may not be enough once legal fees are deducted from the limit. The strength of a brokerage will determine its relationship with the four film insurance companies which underwrite productions in Canada: Chubb, Fireman’s Fund, Everest and Travelers.  Because of its size and specialization, Front Row has a unique relationship with these insurers, allowing its brokers to get the best coverage at the best price from the right insurer.

 

What can a specialized broker do for you?

  • Make sure the insurance company pays the amount of the claim you are entitled to
  • Help you to understand the specific language shown on Film Production Policies
  • Act as a conduit between you and the insurance company. This includes providing certificates for banks, bonding companies and locations to evidence coverage allowing banks to release funds to the client, locations to be locked by the location manager and equipment to be rented
  • Advise you on ways to limit potential liabilities during production
  • Review your existing insurance policies to reveal gaps or deficiencies in the coverage
  • Comprehensively review your production to assess the amount and type of insurance required
  • Help you understand what coverage you have and do not have and explain any limits to the coverage

 

Some tips on working with a broker

  •          Make sure they are licensed wherever you shoot
  •          Ask about their E&O coverage
  •          Make sure they offer specialized, knowledgeable advice in a clear and easy-to read format

 

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How to save Money on your Camera Insurance if you are a Photographer or Videographer.

Posted by David Hamilton on Feb 26, 2016 9:38:46 AM

To achieve the best premium for your camera and photography gear insurance consider the following:

  • Choose a higher deductible. A deductible is the specified amount of money that you must pay Camera Insurancebefore an insurance company will pay a claim. The higher the deductible, the lower the  premium. As long as you choose a deductible that you can still afford in the event your camera equipment is lost, stolen or damaged, you can save on your camera gear insurance cost. The fixed deductible on the Front Row on line quoting program is $350 for equipment. If you currently have a deductible of less than $350 you will likely save money by obtaining a quote here: https://photographer.frontrowinsurance.com   Note: our online quoting tool does not offer a higher deductible that $350.
  • Buy equipment and liability coverage at the same time as a bundle. Combine your coverages and purchase at the same time: this could result in a lower package premium.
  • Do your own risk management and Increase your security measures.  Measures might include: installing a security system, converting a closet to a safe room with deadbolts,  investing in high quality travel cases that lock such as Pelican cases.  Ask your specialized photography insurance broker for recommendations.
  • Always compare quotes. Prices tend to vary from insurance company to insurance company – that’s why it’s always a good idea to shop around and compare quotes. Additionally, look for brokers that specializes in  insurance for photographers.
  • Make sure your policy covers commercial activities. This is a difficult, pricey lesson that is better learned before there is a loss. Our experience tells us that many professional photographers assume they are covered by their homeowners policy when in fact they are not. If you sell your prints , check your policy and make sure your coverage is appropriate.

 

At Front Row we have created an 5 minute on line insurance solution.

Available to Canadian photographers at https://photographer.frontrowinsurance.com

 

The policy term is for 12 months and coverage is provided in most countries worldwide except those subject to trade restrictions.

Rental equipment coverage is also available. All equipment is covered for replacement cost for:  theft, damage, fire and loss of use. The online link ensures industry-low prices:

  • $10,000 equipment coverage: $75 CAD,
  • $2,000,000 location liability coverage: $200 CAD; $5,000,000: $350 CAD. Liability covers property damage and bodily injury that you do  while shooting on location or in a rented studio. Pays legal fees too.
  • $350 deductible for gear

 

The online program for photographers follows Front Row’s lead earlier this year into online offerings for short term filmmakers and musicians. “We wanted to make the insurance process easier, faster and

cheaper for photographers,” said David Hamilton, President of Front Row “Given that there is no need to speak to a broker and an insurance company underwriter is not involved, the cost to process a camera insurance policy is much less on line and we have passed the savings onto the photographer. Although the camera policy is online, we are still available to answer questions by e mail or over the phone if required.”

 

 

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Photography Equipment Insurance: You May not be Covered by your Homeowners Policy if you have Sold Prints in the Past.

Posted by David Hamilton on Feb 11, 2016 5:24:50 PM

You arrive back at your car to find the truck pried open and your camera bag  missing. Your take out your phone and call your insurance broker to report the claim under the homeowners policy that you purchased. An adjuster is assigned. The claims adjuster does a  web search and sees  that you have advertised prints for sale. Because you occasionally sell prints, your gear is now considered “commercial” equipment and as such, not covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy which is intended to cover “personal” camera gear that is not used for commercial purposes. You tell the adjuster that you only sold a half dozen prints for less than $300 in the last 12 months to a stock agency. The adjuster shrugs, “It doesn’t matter, even if you sell just one print for $5, you are a professional and your gear is  considered commercial and is no longer covered under a homeowners policy”.

Photography InsuranceThis is a difficult, pricey lesson that is better learned before there is a loss. Our experience tells us that many professional photographers assume they are covered by their homeowners policy when in fact they are not.

If you sell your prints , check your policy and make sure your coverage is appropriate. At Front Row we have created an 5 minute on line insurance solution.

Available to Canadian photographers at https://photographer.frontrowinsurance.com

The policy term is for 12 months and coverage is provided in most countries worldwide except those subject to trade restrictions.

Rental equipment coverage is also available. All equipment is covered for replacement cost for:  theft, damage, fire and loss of use. The online link ensures industry-low prices:

  • $10,000 equipment coverage: $75 CAD,
  • $2,000,000 location liability coverage: $200 CAD; $5,000,000: $350 CAD. Liability covers property damage and bodily injury that you do  while shooting on location or in a rented studio. Pays legal fees too.
  • $350 deductible for gear

 The online program for photographers follows Front Row’s lead earlier this year into online offerings for short term filmmakers and musicians. “We wanted to make the insurance process easier, faster and cheaper for photographers,” said David Hamilton, President of Front Row “Given that there is no need to speak to a broker and an insurance company underwriter is not involved, the cost to process a camera insurance policy is much less on line and we have passed the savings onto the photographer. Although the camera policy is online, we are still available to answer questions by e mail or over the phone if required."

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