Thursday, August 28, 2014

Five Keys To Safety For Any Production

It seems that there are far too many injuries and accidents around movies and other productions. In our mind one accident or loss is too many. While our agency does not provide safety services, safety should be part of every production. If we can help reduce accidents there will be fewer insurance claims and a more productive work force. Having a comprehensive safety program cannot guarantee your production will be accident free, but it is the right thing to do.

Five Keys to Safety
  1. Have well written safety procedures for all activates. Know what OSHA requires and then attempt to exceed their standards
  2. Provide regular training. Safety only works if your crew understands what their roles and responsibilities are.
  3. Celebrate success. There is nothing better than to complete a production with no accidents or injuries. Provide rewards and celebrate with your crew!
  4. Make safety more about behavior rather than rules. Effective safety in the entertainment industry is about changing behavior. This attitude must start at the top. Producers and managers must be onboard with creating an environment where safety is valued and appreciated.
  5. Safety should not be just about following OSHA guidelines, but reducing unsafe behavior and accidents. OSHA guidelines should always be followed, but more important, is that you should have a accident free production. That may take more work than just following OSHA rules.

Safety and insurance when combined is a powerful tool to help production companies reduce losses, minimize accidents and even keep premiums as competitive as possible. John Hart Insurance has over 60 years combined experience in the field of entertainment insurance.  We focus exclusively on understanding the unique needs of motion picture, television, video, music and theatrical companies.  This knowledge base allows us to structure an insurance program specifically for each client that will be a balance of  the best coverage and most economical solutions to help them manage the risks inherent to their unique businesses.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

At John Hart Insurance.... "If it's fun, we insure it"

That is our motto, but just what do we mean by this? JohnHart Insurance specializes in the entertainment industry. The entertainment industry creates fun, educational and even inspirational movies, TV, film and more. With this activity comes a certain amount of risk. Risks can include lost or damaged equipment, injury on sets, copy write litigation, injury to cast and crew and more. Our job is to partner with our clients to help them reduce their risk and protect their assets.

Our clients develop, create and produce fun productions for the public. At John Hart Insurance, we help manage the risk associated with creating fun. 

Here are some of our key products and services:
  • Insurance For  Props, Sets and Wardrobe: Covers damage to specific equipment during production or events.
  • Producers Errors & Omissions: Covers legal liability and defense for the production company against lawsuits alleging unauthorized use of title, format, ideas, characters, plots, plagiarism, unfair competition or piracy.
  • Workers Compensation: Covers injury to crew members as required by state law.
  • Insuring Equipment: Covers cameras, sound/lighting equipment and rented or leased equipment.
  • Cast Insurance: Covers production companies’ extra expenses in the event of death, injury or illness to performers.
  • Comprehensive Liability Coverage: Protects the production company against claims for bodily injury or property damage liability arising out of filming. Coverage includes use of all non-owned vehicles (both on and off camera) including physical damage to such vehicles. This coverage will be required prior to filming on any city or state roadways, or any location sites requiring filming permits.