Insurance for Theft of Camera and Film Equipment

Posted by Casey Budden on Oct 24, 2018 10:43:17 AM

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You’ve finally gotten to the meat of the production: the principal photography phase. Much of the busywork is done; now for the fun part!

Unfortunately, as it so often does, disaster strikes at the worst time: a rented vehicle used in the production is stolen from the set. Worse, it contained an expensive piece of camera equipment (also rented). The vehicle is quickly recovered, but the camera equipment is nowhere to be found and there is damage to the vehicle. The cost of your production is suddenly mounting very quickly.

Could this have been prevented?

A commercial vehicle physical damage policy covers accidents mentioned above.

You’ll also want to ensure your production has production equipment insurance, which covers you against physical loss of or damage to, or destruction of, cameras, sound, lighting and grip equipment which are owned or rented by the production company.

A film production is a complex animal; you want the process to be as seamless as possible. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one less thing to think about?

Ensure that your production is adequately covered so that you can concentrate on filmmaking rather than financing.

Topics: Camera Insurance, Camera Insurance Broker, DigiGear, Film equipment rental insurance

Camera and Film Processing Insurance

Posted by Casey Budden on Oct 24, 2018 10:30:32 AM

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Put the Finishing Touches on your Film Without Worry.

Congratulations! Principal photography on your production is complete and so far, everything has gone off without a hitch. You’ve managed to remain on budget, and footage was delivered to the post facility on time. While you understand that editing is both an art and a science, the cut of the film you got back was not what you were looking for. Instead of seamless edits, you got jump cuts!

While faulty editing is a problem that will cost your production time and money, it’s not the most serious risk you face at this stage. Let’s consider a second scenario.

Imagine you’re making a documentary about jazz. Your sound engineer composes an original piece to be used as background music in a scene. All is well and good until a famous jazz musician sues for copyright infringement, claiming that the music is too similar to a well-known piece of theirs. While you know the case would be won in court, the associated delay and cost would harm your production.

Your film is slated to be broadcast in a matter of months, and the clock is ticking.

The best defense against unforeseen perils such as the above is a specialized insurance policy designed to protect you, the filmmaker. Entertainment Package Policy includes:

1. Faulty Stock, Camera, & Processing insurance.

Faulty Stock, Camera & Processing insurance provides protection against:

  • Loss, damage or destruction of raw film or tape stock, exposed film (developed or undeveloped), recorded video tape, sound tracks and tapes, caused by or resulting from fogging or the use of faulty equipment (including cameras and videotape recorders).
  • Faulty sound equipment
  • Faulty developing
  • Faulty editing and faulty processing
  • Accidental erasure of videotape recording

But does not cover: Loss caused by errors of judgment in exposure, lighting or sound recording, or from the use of incorrect type of camera, lens, raw film or tape stock.

2. Commercial General Liability.

This is a standard liability coverage included in entertainment package policies which will arrange a defense if you are sued for reasons connected with your production, regardless of whether the suit has any merit. Returning to the example above involving music, this coverage would prevent you from having to pay for legal defense costs out of pocket.

You’ve come too far to let unforeseen circumstances put you behind.

Make sure you have the right insurance coverage.

Topics: Camera Insurance, Camera Insurance Broker, DigiGear

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


Topics: Film Insurance, Film insurance broker, Entertainment Insurance Broker, Camera Insurance Broker

Insurance: How To Reduce The Cost To Insure Your Photography Equipment

Posted by David Hamilton on Aug 18, 2015 4:16:53 PM

Camera insurance CanadaIt would seem to be obvious that one of the simplest ways to lower the cost of camera insurance  is to assure the insurance company that the camera gear is safe and secure in your possession: but what does this mean? 

First of all, use an insurance broker that is experienced with arranging camera equipment insurance. As specialized camera insurance brokers we represent you to the insurance company to ensure that you receive the best premium and coverage available in the marketplace for your photography insurance. Coverage now available online:

Every photography equipment insurance application will ask how your gear will be protected. The underwriters charge for discomfort so give them good detailed answers that make them comfortable. Good information includes:

  1. Warranting that you will have a bonded security guard watch the gear overnight if you are shooting on location.
  2. If you do not hire a security guard, pack your gear back into the truck(s) and park it in a secure compound overnight such as a tow truck yard. They often have excellent security: fenced and floodlit, manned 24/7 and dogs!
  3. Return your gear to the equipment rental house so you are not responsible overnight.
  4. Cable your gear that is not being used when shooting on the streets in a busy urban area.
  5. Avoid checking your bags when flying.  Mysterious disappearance is not covered - you need to have an idea of the date and time when the equipment was stolen.
  6. Motion alarms are useful when shooting on location. Wedding photographers find these movement alarms useful as they cannot carry all their gear around the wedding. Put it inside your pelican case or bag and a siren will go off is someone picks it up. GPS and proximity alarms are also worth exploring. Let your camera insurance broker know that you have purchased these items.

Good information based on a little planning will ensure that you receive the best premium.

Front Row now offers on line camera insurance: Insure your gear for as low as $10 (plus a fee). Get a quote in 1 minute. A policy in 5 minutes. Worldwide coverage. Protect your gear against: theft, breakage, fire and more. Liability is also available.

Click now for a free, no obligation online quote:

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