What is included in an entertainment insurance package policy?
Summary of an entertainment insurance package policy:
The cast insurance is a key element; i.e., injury, death, or illness that occurs to a cast member. Usually, you’re designating who you want in there; you could be also including the director, producer, key visual effects people, etc. General liability (bodily injury and property damage) is included in the entertainment package policy.
Production-related assets are covered under an entertainment package, such as digital assets and footage. If the footage is lost, damaged, if there is a technical issue with it – that’s in the entertainment package. All the gear associated with the shoot: cameras, lenses, cranes, vehicles – those all get rolled into a production package. These could be picture vehicles or production vehicles.
Coverage for the use of vehicles is included (vehicles that you’re renting or using in the production). We call this non-owned automobile liability and it is designed as a contingency; i.e., the owner of the vehicle is generally insuring it but there is a 30-day limitation. So, any rental that goes beyond a 30-day period will require a different type of automobile insurance.
Props, sets and wardrobe are insured under an entertainment package. We also have a coverage called extra expense, which is designed to cover those extra costs associated with finishing a production. E.g., a rented camera is damaged and another one must be rented. Extra expense also gets into civil authority coverage, interruption of power, inability to enter a location, weather-related coverage, and more.
General production office materials are also included in the Front Row entertainment package: computers and other office materials used in association with the production.
— Steve Beatty | Executive VP Business Development, Front Row Insurance
Courtesy of the Canadian Made podcast: https://www.instagram.com/canadianmadepodcast/
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