Filmmakers and Producers Insurance

Posted by David McLeish on Nov 5, 2018 12:18:55 PM

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You’re a prolific filmmaker with a full production slate. Like most creative people, you‘d rather focus on your work. The problem is that since each project requires its own insurance policy, it often feels like the more you work, the more time you have to spend dealing with insurance!

Worse, while you’ve always received good service from your broker, they don’t quite “get” what it is you do. It’s a hassle getting certificates for your vendors and cast and crew. Too many irrelevant questions are asked by the underwriter. When something unusual comes up like a drone shoot or stunts, there are delays. There has to be a better way.

Luckily, there is. Unlike most insurance professionals in Canada, we specialize in the business of entertainment insurance. It’s not just what we do, and what we’re good at; it’s what we’re passionate about.

Front Row Insurance Brokers is the largest entertainment insurance brokerage by premium volume in Canada, with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Nashville, Los Angeles, New York and Denver.

In 2017, we insured over $4 billion of productions worldwide and wrote more than $45 million in film premium. The 38 dedicated film insurance staff in our Canadian offices are experts in TV and film production, so you know you’ll be dealing with someone who understands what you do. Even better, we have staff licensed in every province.

Filming in sunny Saskatchewan? No problem, we’ll get you covered. Perhaps most importantly, as part of our commitment to exceptional service, we will work hard to ensure that the money owed to you is paid if you ever need to make a claim under your policy.

Moreover, our excellent working relationship with the five major companies writing entertainment insurance in Canada ensures that you get more than just the best rates. It also affords us the opportunity to design studio programs which offer coverage tailored to the unique needs of your production slate. A studio program is a custom policy designed by the broker working in concert with the insurer. The advantage to you is that it’s designed around your specific production slate. You won’t have to pay for coverage you don’t require, and your policy will be customized for you by experts in entertainment insurance who understand your needs. Some examples of the benefits available under a studio program include:

  • No cast medicals required for film budgets under $15,000,000, rendering it unnecessary to schedule and attend tedious doctor exams, and saving you the $130 exam fee.
  • Automatic coverage for test shoots, promo shoots, pilots for budgets up to $50,000: no need to call us.
  • Quotations provided immediately for any new project. Rates locked for 12 months. Coverage can be activated and certificates issued on the same day for office rentals, payroll, etc.
  • Insurance wherever you film

Let us leverage your production slate, combined with our premium volume, for your advantage. We pride ourselves on being the simplest line item on your budget—fast, without the drama.

We can also offer you a Low-Claims Bonus: ask us how.

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Storm damage and your film production insurance policy

Posted by David Hamilton on Dec 15, 2014 9:34:00 AM

Some film productions shooting on location have recently experienced  heavy rainfall and strong wind. Storm damage can be mitigated by your film production insurance policy. Some areas of  B.C. have experienced flooding, the partial collapse of a seawall, and local state of emergency declarations.

We are  monitoring impacted communities and want to provide you with resources that can help you and you and your film crew assess and recover from damage. Read on for personal and business storm recovery tips and tools from Travelers Insurance:

• Make sure everyone is safe. 
  Stay tuned to the radio or television until an official "all clear" is given. If you were 
  evacuated, return home only after authorities advise it is safe to do so. 

• Look for broken glass and sharp objects and avoid downed power lines. 
  Never touch anything in contact with power lines, including water or puddles that may be 
  near the downed lines.

• Have a qualified individual check for gas leaks or electrical system damage. 
  Report those problems to the utility companies right away.

• Protect your property from further damage. 
  Arrange for reasonable temporary repairs. Board up broken windows to protect against 
  vandalism or additional weather damage. Take photos of the damage and save all bills 
  and materials receipts. (Do not make permanent repairs until the insurance adjuster has 
  reviewed the damage.)

• Throw out questionable food. 
  Discard any food that has come in contact with contaminants, such as flood water or 
  smoke. If the power is out, make sure to leave the freezer and refrigerator closed to keep 
  food cold for as long as possible.

• Report your claim immediately. 
  The sooner you call your insurance carrier, the sooner they can help. Be sure to speak to 
  a claim professional before hiring a contractor to make permanent repairs. When 
  choosing a contractor, select one who is licensed.

• Refuel portable generators with caution. 
  Turn off the generator and let it cool down before refueling. Fuel spilled on hot engine 
  parts could ignite.

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If you have any questions about your policy, please call us at Front Row Insurance Brokers – the film insurance experts.

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