Production shutdowns and delays have led to devastating losses for the film and television industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with Law360, Partner Anamay Carmel explained that insurance companies sold policies that were intended to cover losses attributable to sickness afflicting cast or crew, dangerous conditions and government mandates, travel delays and the inability to access production locations. However, many insurers are not paying.
“It isn’t a secret that the entertainment industry is one of the industries that was hit particularly hard by the spread of SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, and the mandated government efforts to control that spread,” Carmel said. In fact, while mediation is certainly an option for disputes between insurers and the entertainment industry, Carmel said she hasn’t seen many insurers willing to mediate these issues outside of litigation. “However, that may change as the slate of lawsuits progresses,” she added.
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