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Doodson Broking Group acquire CSI Entertainment Insurance


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Doodson Broking Group, has announced its acquisition of Dallas-based CSI Entertainment Insurance.  The partnership will create the world’s largest insurance broker for music and special events, with coverage placed by the combined entity extending to over 10,000 concerts, 600 music festivals and 300 touring artists.

Established initially in the UK as Arthur Doodson Brokers Ltd in 1964, Doodson Broking Group has earned an enviable reputation for service and achieved extensive growth through its global base of clients, making it one of the leading independent specialist insurance brokers in the live music and event industries. Neil Clayton, Group Managing Director says, “The acquisition of CSI is an excellent opportunity for the group to continue its global growth within the entertainment sector. CSI has tremendous reputation within the sector and will help the group continue to deliver excellent products and services to our clients. We will continue to invest in our teams to ensure we are the first choice for clients, wherever they are in the world.”

Founded in 2001 by its chief executive James Chippendale, CSI Entertainment Insurance, which will be integrated into Doodson Insurance Brokerage (the US arm of Doodson Broking Group), has provided specialized coverage for many of the most prestigious events in the United States, including Barack Obama’s Inauguration in Washington DC and Victory Party in Chicago, leading music festivals Lollapalooza, and Austin City Limits, as well as large-scale concerts featuring Gwen Stefani, R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, George Strait, and Coldplay, to name a few.  The firm has also provided specialized risk management for some of the world’s top athletes including Lance Armstrong and the Radio Shack Cycling Team. A survivor of leukemia, Chippendale is also well-known for co-founding the international music-centric cancer charity Love Hope Strength Foundation, producing two cancer awareness documentaries and hosting an Emmy-nominated lifestyle television segment called “Last Call with James Chippendale.”  According to Chippendale, who will serve as President of Doodson Insurance Brokerage, “This is a dream partnership.  Both companies share the same innovative way of thinking, youthful energy and dedication.  By combining our talents and network, we can leverage and negotiate the best possible rates for our clients.”

Doodson Insurance Brokerage will continue to be led by chief executive Roger Sandau, who has more than a decade of professional experience advising music and entertainment clients in the management of financial risk and the creation of tailored insurance solutions.  With a professional background as an entertainment transactional attorney, specializing in the representation of performing artists, producers, record labels, publishing companies and event promoters, Sandau is a key insurance advisor to many of the top-grossing tours, live music promoters, festival producers and event organizers both domestically and internationally.  “CSI Entertainment Insurance has built an excellent reputation for outstanding service, knowledge and market outreach, and is a key component of our continued expansion in the US,” says Sandau.

Doodson Insurance Brokerage currently maintains offices in Baltimore, Dallas and Los Angeles, in addition to the Doodson Broking Group locations in the UK in London, Manchester and Blackburn.

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