The AICP and PLASA have jointly developed standard terms and conditions for consideration by their respective members for the rental of motion picture camera, sound and lighting equipment without an operator.
“It is a wonderful thing when people who do business together can sit down with each other and have an honest conversation that addresses the concerns and the needs of each other’s business,” said Scott Taylor, president of Taylor and Taylor Associates and member of the PLASA Production Equipment Rental Group council. “This open dialogue has been happening the past three months between producers and motion picture camera and lighting equipment rental companies.”
“AICP and PLASA member companies have been discussing how each side can make doing business together easier,” said Matt Miller, President and CEO of AICP. “The end result is these new terms and conditions.”
Historically a production company was presented with an agreement to sign that had been drafted by the rental equipment company that was one hundred percent protective of the rental company. Now for the first time there is verbiage available for use that is protective of both the interests of the production company and the rental company. The document creates a sense of fairness and predictability as to how claims involving the use of the rented equipment will be settled.
The committee worked tirelessly for three months to draft this sample terms and conditions document and was comprised of representatives from four AICP member companies, a business manager from the AICP, management from two camera rental companies and two lighting and grip rental companies, a senior claims representative from an entertainment underwriter, an entertainment insurance broker and a PLASA business representative. The end result of this joint project is the creation of terms and conditions that reflect how business is done today, that addresses issues concerning the use of digital technology, and opens lines of communication between producers and the rental industry that will allow for other industry issues to be addressed in a timely fashion.
Read about some highlights of the Terms and Conditions