Indie Film Producers Errors and Omissions Insurance Crash Course

Indie Film Producers Errors and Omissions Insurance Crash Course

Errors and Omissions Insurance (E & O) acts like a shield to help protect indie film producers from a lawsuits dealing with copyright infringement, using music without proper permission, chain of title issues and a lot of other lawsuits that can come up when distributing a movie.

Without E & O insurance most film distribution companies will not release a movie through retailers. It’s a necessary cost of doing business with a majority of distributors, even at the independent film level.

There are producers that already have E & O insurance in place before shopping their movie to distributors. When they finalize their distribution agreement they submit a copy of the original certificate of insurance to the distributor adding the distribution company as an additional insured on the policy. Indie film producers that complete movies on a steady basis usually have an E & O insurance policy in place before principal photography begins.

A good rule of thumb to remember is that indie movies should have E & O insurance coverage not less than $1,000,000 for each claim and $3,000,000 aggregate for all claims with a policy deductible no greater than $10,000. A good E & O insurance representative can explain the entire process based on your movie’s unique elements.

There are those times a producer realizes the original movie budget did not include a line item expense for E & O insurance or they had no idea that it would be a needed to get their movie sold and distributed. When they step to the table to sign a distribution agreement there is no money to pay for E & O insurance policy.

It’s not the end of the world if you find yourself short on money to get E & O insurance. If a distributor is really hot for a movie they can front the cost through a carrier they deal with on a regular basis. The indie film producer will not have to go out of pocket upfront for the cost. But the distribution company will recoup the money spent from any sales, commonly referred to as a “charge back” to the indie film producer.

Be realistic that it’s most likely the distribution company will not get an indie film producer a great rate on E & O insurance. Think of it like buying something on credit you can’t afford and paying a higher interest rate later on. But if an indie film producer’s pockets are light money there is not another choice unless you pass on the deal. Easy credit will cost indie film producers more of their future movie profits down the line.

An indie film producer is better off if they look around for E & O insurance, get a firm quote, and include that real cost into the overall movie budget before shooting one frame. Making indie movies takes a squeeze a nickel until it bleeds approach. Save all the money you can where you can in production! This is indie filmmaker Sid Kali typing FADE OUT.


Errors and Omissions Insurance

Errors and Omissions (E&O) insurance, also known as Professional Liability insurance, is a type of insurance coverage designed to protect professionals and businesses from liability for claims made against them by clients or customers due to alleged errors, mistakes, negligence, or omissions in the services or products they provide. This type of insurance is particularly important for professionals who provide advice, consulting, or other professional services, as these services could potentially lead to financial losses or other damages for clients.

E&O insurance helps cover the costs associated with legal defense, settlements, or judgments that might arise from claims of professional negligence or mistakes. It provides coverage for situations where a client alleges that the professional’s work did not meet industry standards or caused financial harm. The coverage can extend to a variety of industries, including but not limited to:

  1. Medical Professionals: Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers can use E&O insurance to protect themselves against malpractice claims.
  2. Legal Professionals: Lawyers and attorneys can be covered for errors in legal advice or representation.
  3. Financial Advisors: Professionals offering financial advice or investment guidance can use E&O insurance to mitigate risks.
  4. Real Estate Agents and Brokers: These professionals can be covered for mistakes or misrepresentations made during property transactions.
  5. Consultants: Management, IT, marketing, and other consultants can protect themselves against claims stemming from their recommendations.
  6. Technology Companies: Software developers, IT service providers, and tech companies can be covered for software errors or data breaches.
  7. Media and Entertainment Industry: Publishers, broadcasters, and content creators can be protected against claims of libel, defamation, or copyright infringement.

It’s important to note that E&O insurance policies can vary widely based on the industry, the size of the business, and the specific services provided. Coverage limits, deductibles, and exclusions can differ, so it’s crucial for professionals and businesses to carefully review policy terms and consult with insurance professionals to ensure they have appropriate coverage.

E&O insurance typically covers legal costs, settlements, and judgments up to the policy’s limits. It’s important to be aware that E&O insurance usually does not cover intentional wrongdoing, criminal activities, or general liability claims such as bodily injury or property damage. For those types of risks, separate insurance coverage, such as General Liability insurance, may be necessary.

Before purchasing E&O insurance, it’s recommended to thoroughly assess the potential risks associated with your profession or industry and consult with insurance experts to determine the appropriate coverage needed to protect against potential claims and liabilities.



Insurance is a way to protect against financial loss. It involves paying a premium to an insurance company in exchange for the promise of payment or reimbursement for certain losses or damages. Insurance can help individuals, businesses, and organizations manage risks and protect against unexpected events.

There are many different types of insurance available, including:

  1. Health Insurance: This type of insurance helps cover the cost of medical expenses, such as doctor visits, hospital stays, and prescription drugs.
  2. Life Insurance: Life insurance provides a lump-sum payment to the insured’s beneficiaries in the event of their death. It can help provide financial security for loved ones and cover expenses such as funeral costs and outstanding debts.
  3. Auto Insurance: Auto insurance provides coverage for damage or injury caused by a car accident. It can also provide coverage for theft, vandalism, and other incidents.
  4. Homeowners Insurance: This type of insurance helps protect homeowners against damage or loss to their property, as well as liability for injuries or damage caused to others on their property.
  5. Renters Insurance: Renters insurance provides coverage for personal property and liability for renters.
  6. Business Insurance: Business insurance provides coverage for various types of risks that businesses may face, such as liability, property damage, and employee injuries.

Insurance policies can vary widely in terms of coverage, exclusions, and premiums. It’s important to carefully review any insurance policy before purchasing it and to understand what is covered and what is not.

Insurance companies use various methods to assess risk and determine premiums, including actuarial science, statistical analysis, and underwriting. Factors such as age, health status, driving history, and location can all impact insurance premiums.

In conclusion, insurance is a way to protect against financial loss and manage risks. There are many different types of insurance available, including health insurance, life insurance, auto insurance, homeowners insurance, renters insurance, and business insurance.

It’s important to carefully review any insurance policy before purchasing it and to understand what is covered and what is not. Insurance companies use various methods to assess risk and determine premiums, and factors such as age, health status, driving history, and location can all impact insurance premiums.

Prepare and write by:

Author: Mohammed A Bazzoun

If you have any more specific questions, feel free to ask in comments.


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