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15 June 2016

Fraudulent Hire Alert

In the spirit of passing on information that becomes available to us, we have been advised today of a possible fraudulent theft attempt.

The hirer gave the name David Jones and claimed to represent BBC Studioworks.  The hirer was able to provide BBC purchase orders and telephone numbers which went through to the BBC, however, they hadn’t heard of the name.  The name, David Jones was used in March 2012, again in connection to the BBC on a number of reported incidents.

Other hire companies have reported similar approaches as reported in Broadcast Magazine on 2 March 2012.  Suspicion was raised as a generic email address was used by the hirer.

I would reiterate again the importance of thorough hire checks on all hirers, but also in particular on new customers to your company.

Please click on the following link XHire for further information.

18 March 2016

New Insurance Act 2016

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14 December 2015

Integro Acquires Entertainment Insurance Partners Ltd

Global insurance brokerage and risk management firm Integro Insurance Brokers Holdings Ltd. (“Integro”) today announced its acquisition of London-based Entertainment Insurance Partners Limited (“EIP”), parent company of Robertson Taylor Insurance Brokers Ltd., Robertson Taylor International Insurance Brokers Inc., Walton & Parkinson Ltd., Longreach International Ltd. and ESIX LLC.  EIP, an insurance broker specializing in Entertainment and Sports, has offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Nashville. 

Financial considerations of the transaction, which has been approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK, have not been disclosed. 

EIP provides customized insurance and risk management services to artists, promoters, venues, productions and companies across the globe. It has insured nine out of the top ten highest grossing music tours of all time and handled fourteen of 2014’s top twenty grossing tours. Last year, EIP handled insurance premiums of over £100m with more than 60% generated internationally.

Robertson Taylor CEO John Silcock and James Davies, Global Sales & Marketing Director, will continue in leadership roles and report to Neil Clayton, Integro’s global Entertainment and Sport practice leader.

“Integro and EIP have complementary skills and teams, which make this alignment of forces beneficial to clients and very exciting for all of us,” Clayton said. “Our strategy is to continue expanding our global Entertainment and Sport Practice, employing the skills of our combined businesses to add new products and services for clients in all geographies.” 

EIP is the largest and most recent in a series of acquisitions by Integro, which include UK based Ellis Clowes in November, serving the global motorsports industry; Entertainment Risk Management Ltd. in August, primarily serving brokers specializing in the film and television media industry; Stonehouse Conseillers in 2014, servicing the needs of commercial film production companies and international advertising agencies; entertainment and sports specialist Doodson Broking Group in 2013; and Allan Chapman James in 2012, specializing in independent film, television and media industry sectors.

North American entertainment sector acquisitions have included Ventura Insurance Brokerage, Inc. (NY) in 2014, serving the film, television, media and theatre industries; Canada’s Multimedia Risk Inc. in 2013, serving the international film and television production industry; and Frost Specialty, Inc. in 2010, which focuses on the music industry from its Nashville base.

“The entertainment and sport business is a global business,” John Silcock commented. “Together, EIP and Integro will become a combined force with unrivalled expertise, client and carrier relationships. It’s the start of a fantastic long-term partnership with a company that has a track record for innovation and an unwavering commitment to clients.”

Integro Ltd. Chief Executive Officer William Goldstein concurred. “It is a very exciting time as we bring two of the biggest brands in the sector together. We look forward to integrating and enhancing our comprehensive offerings to become the leading provider of insurance and risk management solutions to the entertainment and sports sector globally.”      

About Entertainment Insurance Partners Limited (“EIP”)
EIP is a worldwide leader in the entertainment insurance industry with offices in London, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Atlanta. With over 30 years’ experience, EIP has provided insurance and risk management advice to more top grossing acts, tours, sporting events, Theatrical Productions and artists than any other broker. Its UK headquarters is located at America House, 2 America Square, London, EC3N 2LU.
About Integro Entertainment
Integro Entertainment specializes in designing insurance policies that are responsive to the emerging needs and requirements of filmmakers, producers, broadcasters, entertainers, bands & artists, promoters, festivals, venues, industry associations, distributors, managers, freelancers, song writers, recording studios and anyone, anywhere engaged in the business of show business. Integro’s deep experience and expertise means Integro understands the nature of risks related to all facets of the industry, and is able to offer innovative solutions as market leaders in the entertainment industry.

About Integro
Integro is an international insurance brokerage and risk management firm. Clients credit Integro’s superior technical abilities and creative, collaborative work style for securing superior program results and pricing. The firm's acknowledged capabilities in brokerage, risk analytics and claims are rewriting industry standards for service and quality. Launched in 2005, Integro and its family of specialty insurance and reinsurance companies, some having served clients for more than 150 years, operate from offices in the United States, Canada, Bermuda and the United Kingdom. Its U.S. headquarter office is located at 1 State Street Plaza, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10004. 1-877-688-8701.

27 August 2015

Fraudulent Hire Alert

We have today been advised of a Fraudulent Hire involving Camera Equipment to the value of £13,000 from a company based in London SE16.

The company targeted rarely ‘dry hire’ but did so on this occasion.

It would appear to be a case of ‘Identity Theft’ and in no way is the real ‘Oliver Woodbridge’ involved in the incident outlined below.

The hire was for one day only, Tuesday 25th August 2015. The person involved has stolen the identity of an Oliver Woodbridge, living in Southampton. The driving licence and utility bills provided all tie up to the same address and a Short Period Insurance Policy purchased.

The driving licence photo appears to have been created in Photoshop, as it is a slightly different shade of pink to normal. The Energy Bill (EDF) provider does not supply energy to the address provided and the Water Bill provider does not cover this area, so quite clearly fraudulent.

The email address provided is also a hotmail account. Please note these details and send to other rental companies in case he is still attempting more rental thefts under this name.

We would reiterate again the importance of thorough hire checks at all times, particularly new customers.

17 June 2015

Kudos smashes C4 drama ratings record with “Humans”

We were thrilled to read that Humans, the new drama from our client Kudos TV has launched to record breaking figures, indeed it's success was the subject of our latest regular blog.

It cleaned up on Sunday night, smashing the 3m that watched the launch of Indian Summers in February and This Is England ‘86 in September 2010. The series, a co-production with US network AMC, peaked with 4.3m (19%) in the five minutes from 9.35 pm.

It was C4’s biggest drama since the start of 2006; beating an episode of Shameless, which entertained 3.6m (19.1%) in January 2010.

It also nearly trebled the channel’s 1.6m (6.7%) slot average for the past 12 months, according to Barb data provided by

Humans, as well as Kudos' other drama output, was insured by Integro ACJ on our Zurich Focus wording. This policy offers Film & TV companies the widest cover in the market, for ultimate protection of producer's budgets. Other drama producers that work with us include Hartswood, Red Planet, Drama Republic, Company, Bentley, Origin - all choosing to insure with the Zurich option.

As well as Zurich, we work with all the main Film & TV insurers, so we can offer tailored solutions for your project, including competitive E&O, Motor and Film Union Travel cover.

For quotes on your next production, to discuss further, or to find out about some of the unique benefits of our Focus scheme, please email Paul Hillier, Shaun Emery, Nigel Matthews or call us on 01206 500 000.

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