Insurance for Video Production Services

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Why Video Production Services Need Insurance

The instant gratification culture we live in continues to change business strategy. One big change in recent years is the transition to using video more in sharing information. With that shift, we continue to see a rise in video production services. As a video producer or production services owner, you know working with customers isn’t always easy and every day isn’t smooth sailing. You should also know that it is critical to protect the business you’ve built with insurance. Video production insurance protects you financially when lawsuits or other bad things occur that cost money.

This industry consists of production companies involved in animated cartoons, motion picture and videos, music videos, and television shows.

Risks Video Production Services Could Face

You may think you don’t have a lot of risks to be worried about, but here are the top risks you face daily:

  • Stolen Equipment: This is unfortunately a common occurrence on production sites. Video equipment is not cheap to replace. How would you fund all new equipment if it disappeared tomorrow?
  • Auto Accidents: Traveling on the road is risky because you can’t always avoid accidents. If you are driving, turn a corner, find gridlocked traffic, and fail to stop in time. The damage to your vehicle and others quickly adds up in expenses.
  • Employee Injury: Video producers and production teams are constantly moving. The equipment you handle is often bulky and heavy. If one of your employees lifts something the wrong way and has to go to the hospital, you need to cover his/her medical expenses.
  • Lost Digital Files: Video and film production is completed digitally. If a hacker compromises your computer, steals a completed project, holds it ransom or worse disappears with it, you have a lot of potential expenses ahead of you. How much will cost to recreate? Will the customer be understanding or angry?

Types of Coverage Video Production Services Need

Video or film production insurance encompasses a number of possibilities. Every video production insurance portfolio should include general liability and property insurance. If you travel to production sites, you also need commercial auto insurance, and if you have employees, you need workers comp and employment practices liability. Other critical video production insurance policies include inland marine and cyber liability.

  • Commercial Property: Pays to replace business property and equipment stolen from your commercial building or production location. It also pays to rebuild your building in the event of a fire.
  • Inland Marine: Property insurance doesn’t cover property in transit. Inland marine policies pay to replace or repair property that is stolen or damaged while in a vehicle.
  • Work Comp: Many states require workers compensation once you reach a certain number of employees. It pays medical expenses and lost wages when an employee suffers a workplace injury.
  • Cyber Liability: Covers your digital property in the event of a computer breach or failure. It covers costs of replacing missing property in addition to regulatory requirements for notifying third-parties when their information is compromised.

How Much Does Video Production Insurance Cost?

No two video production businesses are the same which means no two policies should be either. The cost varies depending on the types of services you offer (videography, photography, editing, and film production), how many employees you have, and how much experience you have. You can request a quote for insurance today by filling out online application.

What type of insurance does this industry need?

Policy What is it? Why get it Popularity in your industry Want free quotes?
General Liability
This policy protects your business in case of third party claims, such as bodily injury or property damage. For example, the common "slip-and-fall" claim would be covered by your General Liability policy. General Liability insurance is often considered to be the core coverage, particularly for businesses that regularly physically interact with customers or sell physical goods. In addition, many businesses have a contract, like a loan or a lease, requiring that they have this coverage.

What is it: This policy protects your business in case of third party claims, such as bodily injury or property damage. For example, the common "slip-and-fall" claim would be covered by your General Liability policy.

Why get it: General Liability insurance is often considered to be the core coverage, particularly for businesses that regularly physically interact with customers or sell physical goods. In addition, many businesses have a contract, like a loan or a lease, requiring that they have this coverage.

Professional Liability
This policy, common in the professional services industry, helps to protect your business if a client believes they've suffered a loss due to a mistake or error made in a professional capacity. Your business may have contracts with clients or partners that require Professional Liability coverage, provide a "warranty or guarantee," or have clauses that require you to "indemnify or hold harmless" your clients. If so, Professional Liability coverage is often recommended. This coverage is also commonly recommended for any businesses providing advice related to legal or financial matters.

What is it: This policy, common in the professional services industry, helps to protect your business if a client believes they've suffered a loss due to a mistake or error made in a professional capacity.

Why get it: Your business may have contracts with clients or partners that require Professional Liability coverage, provide a "warranty or guarantee," or have clauses that require you to "indemnify or hold harmless" your clients. If so, Professional Liability coverage is often recommended. This coverage is also commonly recommended for any businesses providing advice related to legal or financial matters.

Commercial Property
This policy protects the business's physical assets and is appropriate whether you own or lease your space. Keep in mind that this policy will only offer protection in the case of covered events. If you need protection for certain scenarios, such as floods or earthquakes, you may need additional coverage. If you have a mortgage or a lease, you may be required to have property insurance. Even if you are not, this is the best way to protect the building you are in and the business property you have in case of a natural disaster or some other accident.

What is it: This policy protects the business's physical assets and is appropriate whether you own or lease your space. Keep in mind that this policy will only offer protection in the case of covered events. If you need protection for certain scenarios, such as floods or earthquakes, you may need additional coverage.

Why get it: If you have a mortgage or a lease, you may be required to have property insurance. Even if you are not, this is the best way to protect the building you are in and the business property you have in case of a natural disaster or some other accident.

Errors & Omissions (E&O)
This policy, common in the professional services industry, helps to protect your business if a client believes they've suffered a loss due to an error or omission on your part. Your business may have contracts with clients or partners that require E&O coverage, provide a "warranty or guarantee," or have clauses that require you to "indemnify or hold harmless" your clients. If so, E&O coverage is often recommended. This coverage is also commonly recommended for any businesses providing advice related to legal or financial matters.

What is it: This policy, common in the professional services industry, helps to protect your business if a client believes they've suffered a loss due to an error or omission on your part.

Why get it: Your business may have contracts with clients or partners that require E&O coverage, provide a "warranty or guarantee," or have clauses that require you to "indemnify or hold harmless" your clients. If so, E&O coverage is often recommended. This coverage is also commonly recommended for any businesses providing advice related to legal or financial matters.

Workers Compensation
Workers Compensation covers an employee's lost wages and the cost of resulting medical treatment if they suffer a work-related injury or disease. It also covers services needed to help the employee recover and return to work. Workers Compensation coverage is mandatory in most states. The number of employees after which it's required differs by state, but you will generally need coverage once you have employees.

What is it: Workers Compensation covers an employee's lost wages and the cost of resulting medical treatment if they suffer a work-related injury or disease. It also covers services needed to help the employee recover and return to work.

Why get it: Workers Compensation coverage is mandatory in most states. The number of employees after which it's required differs by state, but you will generally need coverage once you have employees.

Cyber Liability
Cyber Liability insurance helps to protect a company that has been the victim of a cyber attack or data breach. When confidential records are breached, companies face a variety of fees (e.g., notification costs, credit monitoring, defending claims by regulators, fines and penalties), and this policy will help to cover those claims If your business collects or stores personally identifiable information on customers or employees digitally, there's the risk that this information may be breached and your company will face significant fees. Cyber Liability insurance, alongside cyber security and an effective response plan, is a simple way to protect your business from these potential costs.

What is it: Cyber Liability insurance helps to protect a company that has been the victim of a cyber attack or data breach. When confidential records are breached, companies face a variety of fees (e.g., notification costs, credit monitoring, defending claims by regulators, fines and penalties), and this policy will help to cover those claims

Why get it: If your business collects or stores personally identifiable information on customers or employees digitally, there's the risk that this information may be breached and your company will face significant fees. Cyber Liability insurance, alongside cyber security and an effective response plan, is a simple way to protect your business from these potential costs.

Hired & Non-Owned Auto
This insurance protects the business in the case of any incidents involving a vehicle that has been hired by the company to be used for business-related purposes. It also provides coverage in the case your business uses other vehicles which are not property of the business, such as having delivery drivers use their own vehicles. If your company hires vehicles or allows employees to use their own vehicles for business purposes, you will want to consider this insurance.

What is it: This insurance protects the business in the case of any incidents involving a vehicle that has been hired by the company to be used for business-related purposes. It also provides coverage in the case your business uses other vehicles which are not property of the business, such as having delivery drivers use their own vehicles.

Why get it: If your company hires vehicles or allows employees to use their own vehicles for business purposes, you will want to consider this insurance.

Umbrella Insurance
Umbrella insurance offers excess liability protection in the case that your General Liability, Commercial Auto Liability, and/or Employer's Liability coverage is insufficient. It essentially acts as a "back-up" plan, providing additional financial protection in the case that your business faces a particularly large claim that exceeds a single policy's limits. This policy can be particularly valuable for a business that faces a variety of risks and has multiple liability policies.

What is it: Umbrella insurance offers excess liability protection in the case that your General Liability, Commercial Auto Liability, and/or Employer's Liability coverage is insufficient. It essentially acts as a "back-up" plan, providing additional financial protection in the case that your business faces a particularly large claim that exceeds a single policy's limits.

Why get it: This policy can be particularly valuable for a business that faces a variety of risks and has multiple liability policies.

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