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The Film Industry’s Insurance Risks: Game Of Thrones Production Costs

Making a film is ridiculously expensive. Everybody knows that. But did you know that huge amounts of money are also spent on insurance against things going wrong on set?

So how much does film insurance cost? Of course you’d expect there to be some sort of insurance in place but could you ever have imagined that it would cost $50 million to cover the cost of Paul Walker’s death for Fast & Furious 7? What about the $1.8 million spent when Robert de Niro underwent prostate cancer treatment during the filming of Hide and Seek? Or that a whopping seventy people would be injured in the making of Roar (involving real lions!)?

Whilst these figures are shocking, I was most sad and surprised to see that the Game of Thrones set damaged an ecosystem in Malta. I absolutely love this TV show and it’s disappointing to hear that those amazing sets have come at the cost of some of nature’s protected beaches. I guess great things rarely come without some losses…

All in all, these facts about how much film disasters cost have taught me to never underestimate the value of good insurance. I think this post demonstrates just how devastating a disrupted plan could be and though I doubt any of you will ever end up involved in cases for $50 million, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Find out more about Aon’s insurance solutions here.

Have a look at the infographic below to see what other shocking figures have been spent to produce some very famous films! See how much film insurance costs for Fast and Furious 7 and more!

Which of these figures shocks you the most?

The Film Industry's Insurance Risks: Game Of Thrones Production Costs

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  1. Rhian Westbury
    19th Feb 2016 / 12:34 PM

    You really don’t think about how dangerous it could be. I saw about the Harrison Ford case with Stars Wars recently and I couldn’t believe it x

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:27 PM

      Me neither! I’m not surprised he managed to milk them for a huge amount them since he was a huge pulling factor for old fans.

  2. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    19th Feb 2016 / 12:51 PM

    That’s all really interesting! I guess most people don’t think about these costs when they are watching a film.

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:28 PM

      Since I’ve started reading more about the film industry I sometimes find myself wondering how much some of the huge, exciting scenes costs but I’m sure my estimate is nowhere near the real figure!

  3. 19th Feb 2016 / 3:22 PM

    Wow those prices are crazy. Who knew it cost so much to insure film sets. The Game of Thrones bit is saddening as well 🙁

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:30 PM

      I had no idea! It’s funny how much effort goes into a film that could eventually flop :/

  4. 19th Feb 2016 / 5:19 PM

    Yea, I worked in the film industry for almost five years and the budgets for these movies are eyebrows raising for sure.

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:30 PM

      It’s astounding how much goes into the entertainment industry when there are so many other causes that could benefit from the money!

  5. 19th Feb 2016 / 6:42 PM

    Oh wow! That’s a lot of money but I guess the big companies have it.

  6. Two Under Two
    19th Feb 2016 / 7:44 PM

    Wow interesting read never really considered this before

  7. Mellissa Williams
    19th Feb 2016 / 7:54 PM

    Actually making a film without stunts is a big risk too as you can’t guarantee how well it will do even with bankable stars. Interesting reading!

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:31 PM

      Filmmaking is a very risky business, I’m not sure I’d like to be the guy who gives the go ahead for a movie that eventually flops!

  8. Mellissa Williams
    19th Feb 2016 / 7:54 PM

    Actually making a film without stunts is a big risk too as you can’t guarantee how well it will do even with bankable stars. Interesting reading!

  9. 19th Feb 2016 / 9:04 PM

    WOW look at the amount of money thats huge an eye opener for sure

  10. Tori Gabriel
    19th Feb 2016 / 10:18 PM

    Woah. These figures are bonkers. It’s so hard to imagine that kind of money. No wonder they need to make so much at the box office.

    • 20th Feb 2016 / 10:34 PM

      I’d never thought about it that aspect – very true!

  11. Le Coin de Mel
    20th Feb 2016 / 2:29 AM

    That’s really interesting and oh my goodness, I had no idea so much money went into insurance for these blockbusters!

  12. Elizabeth
    20th Feb 2016 / 7:27 AM

    How interesting! I had no idea – thanks for teaching me about something new.

  13. 20th Feb 2016 / 10:46 AM

    It is staggering how much it costs and that is sad to hear about GOT especially since I am a huge fan.

    • Laura @ What's Hot?
      16th Mar 2016 / 3:31 PM

      Yeah me too 🙁 I guess there are loads of hugely popular things that actually have some skeletons in the closet :/

  14. Kacie
    20th Feb 2016 / 1:53 PM

    Wow, these are shocking stats. I had no idea the figures would be so high!

  15. Beautyqueenuk
    20th Feb 2016 / 3:23 PM

    The death of Paul Walker at such a young age is so so sad and I had forgotten Patrick Swayze broke his leg x

  16. Hannah Malanga
    20th Feb 2016 / 10:05 PM

    Wow that is insane! I had no idea it was so much, crazy really when you think about it

  17. Laura
    21st Feb 2016 / 3:43 PM

    Woah, some pretty shocking statistics there!! Can’t believe the costs! xxx

  18. Beth
    21st Feb 2016 / 9:44 PM

    I love reading inforgraphics like this ! So interesting!

  19. 22nd Feb 2016 / 10:41 AM

    This really doesn’t surprise me! SO much money.

  20. 23rd Feb 2016 / 10:31 AM

    You hear how films cost x amount but you don’t really take it all in. Some big money gets spent to make these films for our entertainment

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 3:32 PM

      It is astonishing how much money people are willing to spend on making a movie that is purely for entertainment when there are so many other causes out there :/

  21. 4th Mar 2016 / 4:12 PM

    I knew there’s insurance involved but didn’t realize it would cost this must! It’s insane.

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