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Abacus Insurance Brokers Selects North American Specialty to Expand Online Entertainment Programs

Mar 16, 2009, Source: Abacus Insurance

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.-- Abacus Insurance Brokers, Inc., a Los Angeles-based program manager that distributes specialty insurance products online through, has selected North American Specialty Insurance Company (a member of the Swiss Re Group) to expand its online entertainment programs.

The program, launched today, includes rental houses, film schools, venues, promoters, shell corps, theatrical, pre-production and production studios, film print floaters and others. With these additions, Abacus expands the number of programs under its management from 18 to 33.

Working with North American Specialty's Manchester, New Hampshire office, Abacus Insurance Brokers will serve as program manager to offer and administer the entertainment program with a view toward making coverage available in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

"Abacus has selected a carrier with deep experience in the entertainment insurance arena," says Darren Lewin, vice president of program development, Abacus." North American Specialty enables Abacus to significantly increase its entertainment offerings by launching new programs, expanding authorities on existing programs and filling integral coverage gaps on existing programs."

In 1998, Abacus was the first to offer entertainment insurance online. It is still the only program manager that allows complete online production insurance transactions.

For more information about entertainment insurance products, go to or contact Darren Lewin at 310-500-2302,


Since 1998, Abacus has managed insurance programs that function entirely online. Through the proprietary platform, brokers access specialty programs from top-tiered insurance companies. Lines and coverages from multiple carriers are assembled into a single integrated quote. The platform performs all aspects of the insurance transaction including quoting, order placement, policy issuance and endorsing. Brokers and carrier partners benefit from substantial efficiencies, increased revenues, and cost reductions. The programs on are written through top-tiered insurance carriers, distributed nationwide, and accessed by over 2,000 broker offices, representing over 5,000 insurance professionals. Visit or contact Darren Lewin, CPA, CMA, CPCU, vice president of programs at 310-500-2302,

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