Posted by David Hamilton on Mar 6, 2018 5:10:26 PM

Documentary Producers' E&O Insurance

You arrive home after the screening of your documentary at a well-known film festival. The film was well received. You feel great! Your years of hard work and investment have paid off. Your distributor is happy. But even more than that, you told an important story and exposed the truth about a difficult subject.

There is a knock at your door. A courier hands you a registered letter. You take it and open the package. The words catch you completely off guard- you, your company, your wife, your financial partner and your cameraman are being sued for libel and slander by a large, powerful company with many lawyers in their employ. Your mind bubbles with fear- how can it be? Your wife? Your investor? Your cameraman? Why are they named on the suit?

You think back to when you placed your Errors and Omissions coverage. You remember that your attorney was careful to vet the production for libel and slander issues. You remember not liking the process because some great ideas and footage had to be scrapped during editing. In retrospect, you’re glad that you engaged a specialized clearance attorney familiar with “fair use” issues. Having also engaged a film broker specialized in DOC insurance, the panic begins to ease.

But then you think, what about your personal assets? Will your E&O policy be enough to prevent the lawsuit from effecting those? What about your wife, investor and cameraman? Will these legal costs need to be borne separate from the company’s policy?

To clarify this, the first thing you should do is notify your insurance broker and forward the legal letter you received so it can be reviewed.

Under most normal situations: you, your company, your wife, the investor and the cameraman would all be protected under the policy. Your E&O policy will provide an expert claims adjuster and a lawyer paid by the insurance company to defend your production through a settlement and even a court case if necessary.

Please note that the above is an example only: for a detailed outline on E&O coverage contact us and we will send you sample policy wording. In the event of a coverage conflict given the advice above, the policy wording would prevail.

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E&O Insurance for Producers: Minimizing the Risk of Unsolicited Submissions Claims

Posted by David Hamilton on Jul 21, 2015 10:04:38 AM

Minimizing the risk of E&O Claims

Here are some ways to prevent a Film Producers E&O insurance claim:

  1. Refuse to read scripts, story concepts etc. without getting a written waiver of any future claims by the Man holding film camerawriter.
  2. All submissions are held (preferably unopened) by clerical staff until they send out a release form and get back a signed copy.
  3. Maintain good record keeping systems of what submissions have come in, who saw them, and how they were handled.
  4. Limit the number of people who actually review these projects.
  5. Be careful how you respond to submissions.
  6. Keep track of where the project ideas come from and when.    

An example of a potential claim: plaintiff sues producer for copyright infringement. Alleges that movie being produced is based on a script submitted to the producer years before that was rejected. Producer made notes throughout the script recommending changes and plaintiff believes these changes are consistent with the movie. The amount claimed was not specified.

The producers errors and omissions policy will provide a lawyer and pay the legal fees to defend the producer that purchased an e&o policy for producers. 

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Related Post: Claims Made vs. Occurrence Based E&O Claims

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