A producer will need to complete an application and obtain a clearance report. If coverage is required for the title, you must obtain a ‘Title Report & Opinion' from a recognized Title Clearance Company offering this service and submit the report to underwriters for final approval.
Premiums for E&O vary based on the content of the production: a straight forward documentary typically cost $3,000 to $4,000 and $6,500 to $8,000 for a feature film for the industry standard 3-5 year policy term. Every project is unique and requires a custom E&O policy.
Upon instructions from the Production Company, the broker will begin the clearance process. The lawyer for the underwriter will review and approve the clearances done by the producer’s lawyer. The fee for the insurance company lawyer’s service is included in the final premium. If coverage is not bound, the insurance company clearance fee (approximately $600) is payable and an invoice will be issued accordingly.
You should check your production/distribution/financing agreements regarding the start date for Errors & Omissions coverage. Some financiers require Errors & Omissions coverage to be in place for the first day of principle photography before they will release payment to the producer.
It can take up to 10 working days for a project to be cleared and coverage to be in place so start early to ensure that your cash flow is not impacted.
The E&O policy will provide defense costs if the producer is sued and will pay the judgment costs if the producer is found liable. Until a lawsuit happens it provides peace of mind.
Please contact us for an application or a no obligation indication of costs. We are also happy to send you the clearance procedures for free.