Film & TV Production Insurance

About Us

Mahony Film & Entertainment Insurance is a Division of Wallace McLean Limited.

We are New Zealand’s most experienced “Film and Entertainment Insurance” broker whose directors have provided advice or arranged insurance for the smallest to the largest films made in NZ, beginning in 1977 with Sleeping Dogs, Smash Palace, Good By Pork Pie, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Savage Islands through to The Lord of the Rings, Vertical Limit and recently completed, Mission Impossible 6, and The Meg.

We have also provided insurance for the popular musical “Pleasuredome” and SKYCITY’S musical comedy “City of 100 Lovers”.

 

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Our Specialists

Brian Mahony

Managing Director

Brian pioneered Film & TV production insurance in New Zealand in 1977. He partnered early on with the world’s leading entertainment broker, Albert G. Ruben.

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He continues global relationships to ensure worldwide access for clients to insurance markets and brokering expertise anywhere in the world.

 

Contact information

DDI             +64 (9) 358 7239   
Mob           +64 21 662 444            
Email          brian@wmmi.co.nz

Johann van der Merwe

Director

 

 

Contact information

DDI             +64 (9) 358 7231    
Mob           +64 21 0347 037            
Email          johann@wmmi.co.nz

Services

Film/TV production insurance

Mahony Film & Entertainment Insurance arranges film production insurance to cover the risks associated with your production.

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We cover Features, Television Productions of any kind, Lifestyle Productions, Documentaries, Animation, Commercials, Music Videos, Webisodes and other online content created by you, the producer.

We can insure your production anywhere in the world and you do not have to be based in New Zealand to access our expertise.

Some of the coverage we can arrange include:

  • Cast Insurance
  • Essential Element
  • Non-appearance.
  • Negative Film / Videotape / Digital Protection.
  • Faulty Stock, Camera & Processing Protection.
  • Props, Sets & Wardrobe
  • Miscellaneous Equipment
  • Extra Expense
  • Money
  • Public Liability
  • Third Party Property Damage Liability
  • Errors & Omissions Liability
  • Distributors Errors & Omissions Liability
  • Rented Production Vehicles
  • Aircraft including drones.
  • Animal Mortality
  • Adverse Weather
  • Cyber

And many more ancillary coverages.

International production companies filming in New Zealand

There are local covers which are specific to New Zealand. Mahony Film and Entertainment Insurance has the most expertise in insuring international co-productions.

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We work closely with the local producers and studio risk managers, providing advice on these covers, as well as review of contract insurance clauses.

Local covers can include:

  • Public Liability
  • Statutory Liability
  • Employers Liability
  • Inbound travel medical insurance
  • Auto insurance, including Third Party Liability.

Our Directors have worked with Warner Bros, Netflix, Sony, MarVista, Viacom, ABC, Hallmark/Crown, Paramount, HBO & many more!

Annual DICE Producers’ Insurance Policy

DICE Insurance stands for Documentaries, Industrial, Commercial & Educational Films. However, this policy covers virtually everything except for Feature Films, TV Series and Productions with shooting periods +90 days.

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A DICE policy provides prearranged coverage for a year for your office and all of your productions. If you anticipate multiple productions in the next twelve months, a DICE policy is a convenient way to administer all of your insurance needs.

Annual Equipment Operator Insurance

We can provide an annual policy for Equipment Operators / Videographers working in the film industry who require any of the following optional coverages:

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  • Owned Equipment
  • Rented Equipment
  • Public Liability
  • Statutory Liability
  • Employers Liability

Studios

We can provide coverage for Film Studios, Post Production Studios and many more Film & TV related businesses.

Short Shoot Insurance

This is a short-term policy designed for filmmakers who are looking for short term coverage for their shoot. We can cover the following productions:

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  • Television Commercials
  • Infomercials
  • Corporate videos
  • Documentaries
  • Industrial videos
  • Training and Educational films
  • Music Videos
  • Demos
  • Animation
  • New Media Content
  • Still Photography Shoot
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Sizzle Reels or Teasers
  • Webisodes

Our short-term program can include the following optional coverages:

  • Public Liability
  • Statutory Liability
  • Employers Liability
  • Props, Sets & Wardrobe,
  • Rented &/or Owned Equipment
  • Film Producers Indemnity (Cast)
  • Content Media 
  • Extra Expense 
  • Office Contents
  • Money 

 

Event Insurance

Whether you’re an individual event organizer or an event planning company we can provide coverage to protect your event.

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Contingency insurance triggers can include:

Event Cancellation – responds to claims for financial loss suffered by event organizers or promoters arising from the unexpected cancellation, abandonment, postponement, interruption, curtailment or relocation of any event.

Non-Appearance – responds to claims for financial loss suffered by event organizers or promoters arising unexpected cancellation, abandonment, postponement, interruption, curtailment or relocation of any event due to the death, illness, accident or unavoidable travel delay of scheduled key persons, groups of key note speakers.

Prize Indemnity – responds to claims brought against the event organizers or promoters in respect of their contractual liability obligations to award a prize in the event of a win or specified attainment in accordance with the rules of the competition or promotion.

Event Liability – responds to claims brought against the event organizers against third party damage, as a direct result of your negligence.

Drone Operator Insurance

We can provide an annual policy for drone operators working in the film industry who require any of the following optional coverages:

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  • Owned Equipment
  • Rented Equipment
  • Public Liability
  • Statutory Liability
  • Employers Liability
  • Drone Liability

“New Zealand’s most experienced film production insurance broker”

FAQ

Public Liability

Public Liability Insurance, often referred to as General Liability, protects you and your business against such claims by providing compensation for property damage, and personal injury or death in circumstances that are not covered by the Accident Compensation Commission (ACC).

Statutory Liability

Statutory Liability insurance is designed to help protect you and your business from fines or penalties imposed by the courts, and the costs of defending yourself for unintentional breaches of most laws in New Zealand.

Employers Liability

Employers Liability insurance covers employers against claims by their employees for damages as a result of personal injury arising out of or suffered during the course of their employment that is not covered by ACC.

Entertainment/Production Package Policy

A standard policy covers all property and business interruption expenses on all types of productions. Coverages can include:

  • Cast Insurance aka Film Producers Indemnity
  • Props, Sets & Wardrobe
  • Miscellaneous Equipment
  • Office Contents
  • Content Media
  • Extra Expense
  • Money

 

Errors & Omissions Liability

An E&O policy provides Legal liability coverage, including defense costs, for claims alleging unauthorized use of titles, format, ideas, characters and plots; plagiarism and unfair competition. Also provides coverage for alleged libel, slander, defamation of character or invasion of privacy.

Cast Insurance aka Film Producers Indemnity

Cast Insurance reimburses the production company for any extra expense or cost necessary to complete the principle photography of a covered production due to the death, injury or sickness of any covered performer or director.

Essential Element coverage

An “essential element” is any person deemed indispensable to the production.

This coverage provides the producers with the right to abandon a shoot in the event the essential element becomes incapacitated due to an accident, illness or death, for a specified time, which prevents the completion of the production.

In the event of abandonment, the producers are reimbursed for all costs spent or incurred prior to the abandonment of the production.

Extra Expense coverage

Extra Expense reimburses the production company for any extra expense incurred as a result of interruption, postponement, or cancellation of a production as a result of loss or damage to property or facilities contracted by the production.

Office Contents coverage

Provides coverage for loss or damage to office furnishings and equipment located in a temporary space.

Miscellaneous Equipment coverage

Protects against loss or damage to property such as cameras, portable generators, lighting and sound equipment rented by the production company.

Props/Sets/Wardrobe coverage

Provides coverage for props, sets, scenery, costumes and wardrobe against risk of direct physical loss, damage or destruction during the specified production period.

Content Media

(a)      Content Media – Physical Loss aka Negative Film & Videotape
Coverage against all risks of direct physical loss, damage or destruction of raw film or tape stock, exposed film (developed or undeveloped), recording videotape, sound tracks and tapes, up to the amount of the insured production.

(b)     Content Media – Faulty Perils aka Faulty Stock, Camera & Processing
Covers loss, damage or destruction of raw film or tape stock, exposed film (developed or undeveloped), recorded videotape, soundtracks and tapes, caused by or resulting from fogging or the use faulty equipment (including cameras and video tape recorders), faulty sound equipment, faulty developing, faulty editing and faulty processing and accidental erasure of video tape recording.

Coverage does not include loss caused by errors of judgment in exposure, lighting or sound recording, from use of incorrect type of camera, lens, raw film or tape stock. 

Faulty Stock, Camera and Processing coverage can be purchased only with Content Media – Physical Loss aka Negative, Film and Videotape coverage.

Money

Coverage for money and securities lost due to fire, burglary or armed robbery.

Useful Resources

The Data Book

Comprehensive Screen Production industry directory

https://www.databook.co.nz/

The Screen Industry Guild

Represents the interests of film and video crew and allied crafts in the New Zealand screen production industry.

https://screenguild.co.nz/

New Zealand Film Commission

Inland Revenue

New Zealand On Air

Represents the interests of film and video crew and allied crafts in the New Zealand screen production industry.

https://www.nzonair.govt.nz/

Equity New Zealand

Union representing Actors in New Zealand

http://www.actorsequity.org.nz/

Women in Film and Television (WIFT)

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED)

Te Mangai Paho

Funding agency for the production of Mäori language television programmes, music CDs and videos and for Maori radio stations.

https://www.tmp.govt.nz/

 

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