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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QU'EST-CE QU'UNE POLICE D' Assurance ANUELLE DE FILM?

Posted by Meghan Stickney on Aug 13, 2014 3:27:00 PM

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C’ est une  police film d’assurance  pour gagner du temps et de l'argent si vous prévoyez plusieurs projets au cours des 12 prochains mois. 

La police d’assurance «dice» signifie et couvre:

Documentaires, vidéos corporatifs , commerciaux,  films éducatifs. Il couvre également les Clips et le court métrage.

Exclut *: budget de plus 150.000 en  long métrage ou  / Télévision 

- Série télévisée ou épisodes

- Productions avec des périodes de tournage de  + 90 Jours.

(* sauf indication pour approbation  et, dans certains cas, une prime supplémentaire s'applique)

 

Une police assurance anuelle de film offre une couverture préétabli pour un an pour votre bureau et tous vos productions - à l'exception des films  et des séries avec des budgets plus de $ 150,000.

Nous allons vous fournir  des certificats en blanc pour l'année, ce qui vous permet de reserver  les endroits et louer du matériel à la dernière minute .

Responsabilité civile générale est moins cher avec une police  annuelle  parce que vous ne payez qu’ une fois par an et couvre l'ensemble de vos projets dans une période de 12 mois. Beaucoup moins de travail et à moindre  coût de pour la couverture de chacun de vos projets.

Un police  typique d'un producteur avec  250.000 dollars  de productions annuelles  est la suivante:

 COUVERTURE  
 LIMITE $ 
 Film négatif / Videotape   250,000
 Stock défectueux, camera , Développement     250,000
 Accessoires, décors et costumes    200,000
 Matériel loué  divers  750,000

 Matériel divers vous appartenant

(prime supplémentaire s'appliquera) 

 Comme Requis 
 Responsabilité pour dommages aux biens  2,000,000
 Frais supplémentaires   200,000
 Contenu de bureau  100,000
 Débiteurs  25,000
 Argent et valeurs  25,000
 Dommages causés à des véhicules  150,000 par véhicule  
 Responsabilité civile générale   2,000,000

 

Coûts: 

  • Une prime de dépôt débute à 1500 $. 

  • Vos coûts finaux de productions brutes pour toutes les productions réalisées pendant la durée de la police  sont signalés à la Société dans les 30 jours suivant l'expiration ou la résiliation de la couverture. 

  • La prime annuelle gagnée est calculée en appliquant le taux par 100 $ de coûts de production réels bruts établis à la date de création de la police
  • Une prime minimum de 1500 $ sera applicable quels que soient les termes de couverture. 

  • Les primes peuvent être financés sur l'année pour aider votre flux de trésorerie. 

  • Nos taux  varient  en fonction du rapport Film / Vidéo, types de productions et le nombre de productions annuelles estimées. 

  • La couverture de responsabilité générale (pour couvrir les lieux de tournage  contre les dommages matériels ou corporels causés par votre équipe) est en sus. Par exemple, une limite $ 2,000,000 coûterait $ 750 par an; une limite $ 500,000  coûterait $ 1000 par an. 

Appelez-nous ou envoyez-nous un courriel pour une soumission  une description de la couverture demandée ainsi que  de plus amples informations. 

EN SAVOIR PLUS

 

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Front Row Insurance Brokers announce merger with Globalex of Montreal

Posted by David Hamilton on Sep 23, 2013 5:31:00 PM

Canada's largest film insurance broker is created.


GlobalEx InsuranceVancouver,Canada - - September 23, 1013 -- Front Row is pleased to announce a merger with Globalex after five months of discussion.  Globalex is one of the largest specialized film insurance brokers in Quebec with 12 staff located in their Sherbrooke St office. 

The combined company is licensed and registered in every province and is the largest broker as measured by premium volume for each of the four major film insurance companies: Chubb, Premiere/Everest, Allianz/Firemans Fund and Travelers / St Paul.

"Our volume with the insurance companies gives us a competitive edge when negotiating coverage, premiums and claims settlements for our clients," says David Hamilton, President of Front Row based in Vancouver.

Front Row is an independent broker that works on behalf of producers to transfer the risks of filming to insurance companies for a premium charge. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that the production company receives the money that they are owed per the insurance policy.

Front Row also has offices in Toronto and Vancouver.

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Film Production Companies and Lighting Safety

Posted by David Hamilton on Nov 19, 2012 11:05:00 AM

Lighting – Set up  Film Set Lighting Safely

 

  • Use appropriate fall protection equipment when setting up lighting
  • Ensure that all lighting fixtures are supported so that they will not fall ie. Use safety wire or chain to suspend fixtures
  • Ensure that all lighting stands are property weighted with sandbags
  • Cover arc-type lamps such as HMIs in wet weather to prevent rain from entering the unit and ballast
  • When using open-faced lighting units, provide protection from shrapnel in case the bulb explodes
  • Ensure that scaffolds or other metal grids that are used to support the lighting are grounded
  • Before using any grounded equipment, test for continuity between the ground pin on the plug and the metal parts of the lighting equipment
  • Before relamping or repairing a light, turn it off and disconnect it from the power source.

 

A specialized film insurance broker is best able to present the risks associated with your film production to the film insurance underwriter to ensure you receive the best coverage and premium for your production.

Front Row Insurance Brokers are specialized Film Insurance Brokers. Please call us if you have any questions.

The above information is  based on WorkSafe – Focus on Safety – Safe Work Practices for Film and Television Production in B.C. (2001 edition)

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Earthquakes and Film Production: Know the Risks and be Prepared

Posted by David Hamilton on Oct 22, 2012 6:38:00 PM

What would happen to your film production if your production office and set if they were shaken by a violent earthquake?

There are various measures you can undertake to minimize damage so that you can continue to film as soon as possible:

 

  • Staff and crew should be shown how to turn off the water and electricity in the office and on set, with on/off positions clearly labeled.
  • Water heaters should be secured to wall studs or masonry: ask your landlord to do thi.
  • Secure all major appliances/electronics to walls, including expensive or fragile items that if damaged, would be a significant loss.
  • Secure top-heavy set furniture to walls with heavier items kept on lower shelves.
  • Put anti skid pads under tv’s, computers, and other related camera equipment
  • Keep flammable items and other chemicals used on set away from heat and where they are less likely to spill.
  • For mobile trailers on set, leave the wheels on or use a structural bracing system that can reduce the chance of the unit falling off it’s support.
  • Ensure that sufficient emergency kits are located around the office/on set, and designated staff and crew know where to access them.

               

Discuss earthquake coverage with your film insurance broker to ensure that your production will have the financial ability to recover losses after an earthquake. Ask your broker is your Film Production insurance included coverage for earthquake.

Front Row is experienced with insuring Film Productions against earthquakes: ask us how.

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Film Production Insurance and Renting Crew Personal Vehicles

Posted by David Hamilton on Oct 18, 2012 5:29:00 PM

If you plan to rent a vehicle from a crew member for your film production there are some important steps to follow to ensure everyone is covered.

With respect to damage to the vehicle or third parties during shooting, there are two things to think about which are handled differently by insurance: damage to the vehicle itself; and damage to third party's property (Property Damage) or third parties themselves (Bodily Injury).

 

Scenario 1:   Damage to the vehicle only

If Production rents a vehicle from a rental car company, purchases the optional insurance, and adds all potential operators as drivers, then physical damage to the vehicle would be covered by the rental car

policy.  This would likely be your best bet as you can obtain coverage with no or small deductibles.  As well, any accidents will not be charged against the driver's insurance, so they will maintain a clean driving record.

The production policy would also be in effect if, when using the driver's own vehicle, you had a deal memo with the driver stating that production was renting the vehicle.  However, the deal memo with the driver would also have to state that they are an employee of production for coverage to be in effect.  As well, the deductible under the Commercial Vehicle Physical Damage policy is 10% of loss, $2,500 minimum, $7,500 maximum.  As you're looking at a minimum deductible of $2,500 under this coverage, it might be more worthwhile to rent the vehicle for the driver.

If the driver is operating their own vehicle, and you have no deal memo in place, you will not have any coverage for damage to their vehicle under your policy.  Damage to their vehicle would have to be paid for by their own insurance policy (if they have physical damage insurance with ICBC or another insurer), or by themselves if they have no policy.  I understand that production could always reimburse a driver for a incident, and this is obviously always a business decision you can make. Strictly speaking however, in this scenario, the owner/driver is on their own.  If production does decide to reimburse a driver for damage to their vehicle, you should have a release signed whereby the driver/owner agrees to hold the Production harmless from any further claim.  Otherwise, the driver could collect money from production, then claim from ICBC, and still come after production for compensation.

 

Scenario 2:  Third party bodily injury or property damage

If the driver is operating their own vehicle, any third party damage or injury will first be addressed by the driver/owner's insurance through ICBC. 

Either way, ICBC will be responding first to any injuries or property damage suffered by a third party.

However, in B.C., injured parties have the right to sue responsible parties.  There is a possibility that, in the event of injury or death suffered by a third party, the Production or Parent would find themselves the target of a lawsuit.  The Production has a Non-Owned Automobile Liability through their Commercial General (and Umbrella Liability policy if applicable) which will respond, subject to the terms and conditions of the policy, if the Production is found liable for any bodily injury or property damage suffered by a third party. One note: in order for coverage to apply, the vehicle involved in the accident has to have been used on production, and cannot be owned by the Production or parent Company.

So, in the event of third party bodily injury or property damage, the first response will always be by ICBC. In the event of a lawsuit against the Production, your policy will respond (again, subject to the terms and conditions of the policy) whether you have a deal memo in place with the driver or not.

Lastly, there is the potential issue of loss of  the owners safe driving credits. You should address this in the deal memo. 

 

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Distributor's Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance

Posted by David Hamilton on Sep 26, 2012 6:33:00 PM

Much like the producer's E&O insurance, distributor's Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance covers  distributors from lawsuits that may arise due to the content of the material they are distributing.

Distributor's E&O insurance differs  from Producer's E&O in that distributors are insured for a list of titles they are distributing. In order to add a production to a distributors E&O policy a minimum of one year of E&O policy needs to have been in force. For each film that you distribute, you will need to ask for evidence of previous e&o coverage.

The premium is determined by the estimated annual revenue that is expect from the list of titles to be insured. A deposit premium is paid and then the deposit is adjusted at the end of the policy year based on actual distribution revenue. A distributors policy is typically much less expensive as compared to extending individual e&o policies. The adjustment rate is usually 10 cents per $1000 of revenue.

To get a quote, we will need to have an application completed and we will need a list of the titles to be covered. Would you like me to send you a copy of a blank application?

WHY E&O POLICIES ARE NEEDED?

  1. Ie. The script of your movie/show is slightly similar to another production, therefore a claim for plagiarism could arise.
  2. Covers the insured against defamation, libel and slander suits
  3. Covers against intellectual property rights
  4. Typically most distributors and broadcasters will not distribute or air any production without it.
  5. It protects a company or individual from financial loss.

 

TYPICAL E&O CLAIM SCENARIOS

  • An action brought against a production company for the production of a movie which is similar to events depicted in a novel.
  • A defamation/slander suit brought against a production company based on a recognizable likeness  between a fictional character in a tv series and an actual person.
  • A production company is sued for unauthorized use of Titles and/or Music/Stock Footage, for not acknowledging underlying works such as books, scripts of screenplays or for not requesting permission to acquire rights

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New Film Insurance Company in Canada - Competition Benefits Producers

Posted by David Hamilton on May 28, 2012 11:50:00 AM

The World's largest Film Insurance Company opens in Canada creating more Competition to BenEfit Producers. The Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company has opened an office  in Toronto.  As Canada’s largest Film Insurance Broker, we have been selected as an approved broker that can obtain quotes and production coverage from Fireman’s Fund.

Front Row is an independent broker that represents Film Producers – not the insurance companies. We can offer you quotes for your project from all four of the Film Insurance companies in Canada: Chubb, Fireman’s Fund, Premiere and Travelers.

If you are not receiving four quotes from the broker that you are using, please contact us and we would be happy to provide the missing quotes so that you ensure you are receiving the best premium and coverage available in the marketplace.

We can make the process simple for you.  If you are able to provide us with the following information, we will have an indication of costs and/or a quote for you within 24 hours or less:

1.            Dates of  Filming

2.            Copy of Budget Top Sheet

3.            Synopsis and Script

 

There is no cost or obligation – you have nothing to lose and you may benefit with a lower premium.

Our staff have a combined 205 years of experience insuring film productions in Canada.  In the event of a claim, we will ensure that you are paid the money you are owed as quickly as possible.  We have offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver with a staff in excess of 16.

Articles about our firm are available on our website.

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How a Specialized Film Insurance Broker can help your Production

Posted by David Hamilton on Apr 10, 2012 5:54:00 PM

A  film insurance broker helps identify the risks associated with your film production, TV series, Documentary, Webisode, Music Video ect.

Film InsuranceOnce the risks are identified, the risk can be transferred to an insurance company for a fee or premium. The film insurance broker negotiates the lowest possible premium and the broadest coverage available in the market place. In Canada, there are four film insurance companies: Chubb, Fireman’s Fund, Premiere and Travelers. Front Row is able to provide you with a quote from each of these companies in an easy to understand comparison format.

Unlike insurance agents - who work for the insurance company -  Insurance Brokers work for the client. Insurance brokers are recognized by law as experts in insurance. Insurance Brokers in Canada must pass a series of exams in order to be licensed and there is annual continuing education to maintain a license. Make sure your broker is licensed in the province that you are shooting your production or the production could be fined or subject to a surtax.

Insurance Brokers owe a higher duty of care to their clients than an Insurance Agent. Brokers represent the interests of their clients, not the insurance companies. They offer professional advice in arranging insurance on behalf of their clients.

Since insurance brokers are considered under the law as professionals, they are responsible for their actions and can be sued for professional negligence if their advice is deemed to be faulty. All licensed brokers therefore need to carry professional Errors and Omissions coverage. You should ask your broker the limit of E&O insurance that they cover:  $1,000,000 may not be enough once defense costs are deducted from the limit.

The many roles of a broker include: 

  • Negotiate with the insurance companies on behalf of clients. There are four insurance companies in Canada: an Insurance broker must be familiar with what these companies offer so that the best price and coverage is procured for the producer.
  • Brokers facilitate claims - Because the broker works on behalf of the client, it is their duty to ensure that insurance companies pay the full amount of the claim that the client is entitled to.
  • The broker acts as a conduit for communication between the insurance company and the client. 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 clients on ways to limit potential liabilities during production.
  • Review scope of the client's existing insurance policies to reveal gaps or deficiencies in the coverage.
  • Comprehensive examination of the clients production to assess the amount and type of insurance required. A broker will also help the client understand what coverage they have and do not have and they can explain any limits to the coverage.

It is important to deal with a broker that understands the specific language shown on Film Production Policies. For this reason, it is strongly suggested that you seek out a specialized Film Insurance Broker when you need insurance for your production.

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8 Ways To Save Money When Insuring Stunts & SPFX

Posted by David Hamilton on Apr 2, 2012 1:31:00 PM
  1. Hire an experienced coordinator with a lengthy résumé. This is the most important step you can take to reduce your insurance costs.

  2. Close the set to public and guests.

  3. Use stunt actors, instead of your actors.

  4. Provide a diagram showing where the equipment and crew will be located relative to the action. Place equipment and crew a safe distances from the action.

  5. Use long lenses on camera, sandbags, and Lexon shields if possible to protect the filming equipment.

  6. Provide a full description of stunt & SPFX including script pages.

  7. Describe safety measures on set: fire extinguishers, sand, fireman/policeman, first aid, ect

  8. Underwriters charge when they are anxious or uncomfortable when reviewing a stunt or SPFX. Give the Underwriter enough information to make them comfortable and you will minimize the premium charges for your stunts & special effects.

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