Production Insurance 101: Everything You Need To Know To Insure Your Independent Film

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Daniel R'bibo

Webinar hosted by: Daniel R'bibo

Senior Vice President at Senior Vice President Gallagher Entertainment

Daniel has been in the entertainment insurance industry for over 14 years. Daniel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge in 2002. Starting his career at Aon/ Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services in 2000 as the IT Administrator, he quickly moved into the entertainment insurance side of the company in 2002. During his tenure at Aon, Daniel has serviced a range of entertainment clientele ranging from Independent Film Producers to large studios such at The Walt Disney Company and Viacom. He has worked on most lines of insurance ranging from Production Insurance policies to Financial and Cybertechnology policies such as E&O, D&O and Network/ Security & Privacy coverages. In 2011 Daniel won the Power Broker Award in the Media & Entertainment Category as well as being in their Top 40 Under 40 Category by Risk and Insurance Magazine. Daniel joined the Liberty Company Insurance Brokers in September 2011 with the purpose of creating and building Liberty Entertainment Insurance Services, the entertainment division of the firm. During this time, he has overseen the acquisition of CMM Entertainment as well as open up Liberty offices in New Mexico and Louisiana and building relationships with affiliate offices throughout the country. As a result of the acquisition Daniel oversaw all entertainment operations which included management for approximately 15 employees in 3 states as well as the day-to-day servicing for the Entertainment Business Management and Production clients. In March, 2013 Daniel joined Gallagher Entertainment, one of the largest entertainment insurance brokers in the world. In addition to managing his book of entertainment clients including Pilgrim Studios, UCLA, Academy of Art University and Emmett/ Furla Films, Daniel now oversees the Entertainment Business Management group which works with almost 50 of the top business management firms in the world. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Learn directly from Daniel R’bibo (Area SVP at Gallagher Entertainment), who's worked on Oscar-nominated films such as Foxcatcher, American Hustle and The Master.

Production insurance. It sounds boring and overwhelming, and is one aspect of filmmaking that most producers try to avoid and typically push off until the last minute. There are a lot of options out there in terms of policies and coverages for an independent film, and it is sometimes hard to know what the right coverage for your project is.

Just because you buy the insurance that is required in a contract doesn’t mean you are actually properly insured. Just because your film has wrapped doesn’t mean you are free to go. So how do you know if you’re covered? Luckily, Stage 32 is here to help you master getting the right production insurance for your independent film!

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Daniel R’bibo will go over all the various insurance policies that a producer or financier should consider when making a film. He will explore ways to get better insurance for lower premiums, discuss current industry issues such as insurance for reality participants, coverage for stunts/ hazardous activity, online distribution and help you generally better understand what you are really buying when it comes to coverage. Finally, Daniel will explore the wonderful world of liability and what exposure a producer and more importantly the financier really have.

Daniel R’bibo, ARM, is the Area Senior Vice President at Gallagher Entertainment, one of the largest entertainment insurance brokers in the world. In addition to managing his book of entertainment clients including Pilgrim Studios, UCLA, Academy of Art University and Emmett/ Furla Films, Daniel now oversees the Entertainment Business Management group which works with almost 50 of the top business management firms in the world. Daniel has been in the entertainment insurance industry for over 14 years and has worked on many Oscar-nominated films and smaller independent budgeted films. Who better to help guide you to getting the right coverage for your film?

What You'll Learn

  • When to buy insurance
  • How to budget for insurance
  • Review all the insurance policies that pertain to independent film and television productions
  • What NOT to buy – Do you really know what you have insure for???
  • Understanding Workers Compensation in world of indie filmmaking
  • Stunts and Hazardous Activities – What is Covered and When
  • Insurance as part of location agreements and other contracts
  • Reality Television and Participant Insurance
  • Short Term Insurance vs. Annual Insurance – What is the best option
  • E&O (Errors & Omissions) – Do you have the rights?
  • Insurance as it pertains to distribution
  • Online Content – How does regular insurance apply to digital media shown through a digital platform
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Daniel!

About Your Instructor

Daniel has been in the entertainment insurance industry for over 14 years. Daniel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge in 2002. Starting his career at Aon/ Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services in 2000 as the IT Administrator, he quickly moved into the entertainment insurance side of the company in 2002. During his tenure at Aon, Daniel has serviced a range of entertainment clientele ranging from Independent Film Producers to large studios such at The Walt Disney Company and Viacom. He has worked on most lines of insurance ranging from Production Insurance policies to Financial and Cybertechnology policies such as E&O, D&O and Network/ Security & Privacy coverages.

In 2011 Daniel won the Power Broker Award in the Media & Entertainment Category as well as being in their Top 40 Under 40 Category by Risk and Insurance Magazine.

Daniel joined the Liberty Company Insurance Brokers in September 2011 with the purpose of creating and building Liberty Entertainment Insurance Services, the entertainment division of the firm. During this time, he has overseen the acquisition of CMM Entertainment as well as open up Liberty offices in New Mexico and Louisiana and building relationships with affiliate offices throughout the country. As a result of the acquisition Daniel oversaw all entertainment operations which included management for approximately 15 employees in 3 states as well as the day-to-day servicing for the Entertainment Business Management and Production clients.

In March, 2013 Daniel joined Gallagher Entertainment, one of the largest entertainment insurance brokers in the world. In addition to managing his book of entertainment clients including Pilgrim Studios, UCLA, Academy of Art University and Emmett/ Furla Films, Daniel now oversees the Entertainment Business Management group which works with almost 50 of the top business management firms in the world.

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