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Post pandemic cover

With a reported 99% of photography businesses affected by Covid-19, our industry has been hugely hit. We understand the uncertainty, fear and frustration felt by photographers. During the course of the last two years many photographers thought it prudent to reduce their insurance cover on their equipment and/or their liabilities. Clearly this made sense as …

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Covid-19 cover for photographers and production companies

We are often asked by photographers and production companies whether there is any cover for Covid-19 under photographic or media production policies. Currently there is no cover available in the insurance market for cancellation or abandonment of a shoot as a result of Covid-19.  However, the employers and public liability sections do not exclude Covid-19. …

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Stunts and special extras in film and advertising production

Insurance for film and advertising production will cover the basics of; injuries on set, equipment damage, copyright claims, and any car operated for the production. There is, however, a whole range of special policies you may need to add onto your short term or annual insurance policy to keep your production covered.   These special policies …

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The low down: the absolute essential cover to keep your advertising or film production safe

Things rarely go exactly to plan in shoots. Equipment breaks, people get hurt and shoots get delayed. There are so many reasons producers obtain film or advertising production insurance – it protects everything and everyone involved in your production from liability up to a specified amount of money.  Each insurance policy is unique, tailored to …

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The rise of the Christmas advert

Christmas adverts have become a proper event. No longer do big brands roll out generic festive content; Christmas adverts have become a seriously cinematic experience, taking on average around one year to make and requiring multi-million pound budgets.  John Lewis can definitely take the credit for starting off the Christmas ad competition between big brands. …

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How to get seen in the world of advertising production

With so many different avenues available to budding filmmakers and directors trying to get noticed in the world of advertising it can be daunting knowing where to start. Here’s our run down of the effective ways of being seen if you’re in the world of advertising production. It’s worth noting that these principles are the …

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How to get into advertising production

If you’re a filmmaker aspiring to get into advertising there are many different routes in. Here are some options to consider:  Direct to brands  The need for branded content is growing all the time in our increasingly digital world. Branded content includes filmed content and advertising and is used across multiple platforms.   Getting your foot …

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How to break into filmmaking

The world of filmmaking is changing and there is no longer one sure way of establishing a career in the industry. But the good news is that there is plenty you can do to improve your chances.  Here are 10 ways you can break into the film industry: Do your homework  Before you do anything …

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Top tips and strange requests, a conversation with Williamson Carson’s Matt Whinney

What led you to be a director at Williamson Carson? Having worked in a City insurance company for the best part of a decade, the time had come to do something different. I wasn’t one for climbing the corporate ladder, which was the direction my career seemed to be heading.  As an underwriter, I saw …

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Nirvana: the case for professional indemnity insurance

While lawyers have said that Spencer Elden, the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana‘s ‘Nevermind’ album, is likely to have his lawsuit dismissed, the case for ​​professional indemnity insurance has never been stronger. Whether or not the lawsuit is successful, this case shows how easy it is for a third party to bring an …

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I've been dealing with Williamson Carson for over 20 years having been introduced to them through the Association of Photographers of which I'm a member. When I've had a claim, however complex, it has been dealt with quickly and efficiently and they very much work for you. They really understand the industry and just happen to be a great bunch of people to deal with.

– Larry Bray

Tom Carson & Williamson Carson have been my insurance brokers for over 15 years. The advice and cover they provides is both comprehensive and realistic. Tom's many years insuring the photographic and film industry means he is never fazed when I throw him last minute curve balls on shoots & on the 2 occasions I have needed my insurance it was dealt with swiftly & professionally. I highly recommend Tom and his team.

– Katy Niker, Burnham Niker