‘Leap Year’ Web Series Chronicles Startup Trials and Triumphs

‘Leap Year’ Web Series Chronicles Startup Trials and Triumphs

A new comedy from Hiscox about the highs and lows of starting a business premieres today

With cameos from Guy Kawasaki and Gary Vaynerchuk

JUNE 6, 2011 NEW YORK – The scene: You’re thinking about starting your own business. There’s a lot on your mind and the stakes are high - and that’s without the benefit of the advice you’ve never come across. Can I support a family without a company salary? What happens if I’m the victim of technology theft? How could inviting a colleague for drinks end in a lawsuit?

These situations are being brought to life with today’s launch of Leap Year , a new scripted comedy series commissioned by specialist small business insurer Hiscox, the first U.S insurer to offer small business coverage direct, online, and in real-time.

The ten-episode series tracks the entrepreneurial highs and lows of five friends who make the proverbial ‘leap’ and go it alone in the wake of corporate downsizing.

New episodes will debut every Monday on www.leapyear-hiscox.tv , Hulu , You Tube, Inc.com and iTunes as well as on connected TVs and Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, set-top boxes and mobile devices via the subscription-based Hulu Plus service.

The Leap Year series is part of a suite of content put together by Hiscox for startups and established small businesses which can be found on the Leap Year website . Content includes commentary on each episode from The Young Entrepreneur Council (Y.E.C) and startup stories featuring successful founders such as Pete Cashmore (Mashable), Scott Belsky (Behance), Adam Rich (Thrillist), Michael Lazerow (Buddy Media), Josh Williams (Gowalla) and David Karp (Tumblr).  

“Hiscox’s Leap Year chronicles the trials and successes that our small business customers experience every day. We have been championing startups internationally for over five years so there’s not much we haven’t seen. The ups and downs in this series will resonate with small business owners, as well as make them laugh,” said Kevin Kerridge, small business insurance expert at Hiscox.

Co-written and directed by Yuri Baranovsky, Leap Year features an impressive cast of film, television and web series talent including Baranovsky, Craig Bierko of Damages and the upcoming Farrelly Brothers Three Stooges biopic, Julie Warner (Crash, Doc Hollywood) and many others. Mashable Editor in Chief Adam Ostrow joins real-life entrepreneurs and bestselling authors Guy Kawasaki (Alltop.com, Enchanted) and Gary Vaynerchuk (Daily Grape, The Thank You Economy) in brief cameo appearances.

Hiscox was the first company in the U.S. to offer insurance direct and online in real time to professional services businesses. Designed specifically for the small and home-office market, Hiscox small business professional liability insurance coverage (errors and omissions insurance) is customized for a range of knowledge-based professions including IT, management consulting, business consulting and marketing. Hiscox offers professional liability insurance quotes direct and online in real-time along with other liability insurance products such as general liability insurance. Hiscox’s licensed insurance advisors are solely focused on helping small businesses with their insurance needs.

To learn more about Hiscox Small Business Insurance, visit http://www.hiscoxusa.com/small-business-insurance/ or speak with a Hiscox licensed advisor at (888) 202-3007 (Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM– 10:00 PM EST).

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Hunter Hoffmann (646) 442-8341 [email protected] 

Chris Brown (203) 254-1300 ext.206 [email protected]

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Katherine McGann (203) 254-1300 ext.249 [email protected]

for Hiscox

About Hiscox in the U.S.

Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). There are three main underwriting parts of the Group – Hiscox London Market, Hiscox UK and Europe and Hiscox International. Hiscox International includes operations in Bermuda, Guernsey and the USA. Hiscox ASM Ltd, Hiscox Underwriting Ltd and Hiscox Syndicates Ltd are authorized and regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority. The ability of syndicates at Lloyd’s to do business in the USA and its territories is restricted as they are not US-based insurers.

Hiscox Inc., a Delaware corporation headquartered in New York, d/b/a Hiscox Insurance Agency in CA, is a licensed insurance intermediary for admitted and surplus lines business. Hiscox Inc. underwrites on behalf of, and places business with, Hiscox Insurance Company Inc., other domestic insurers, and syndicates at Lloyd’s (www.lloyds.com). Hiscox Insurance Company Inc. is a Chicago, IL domiciled insurer which is admitted or licensed to do business in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Inquiries as to insurance, products or services, other than those offered by Hiscox Small Business Insurance, should be directed to an insurance agent or broker licensed to conduct business in the relevant U.S. state. For further information about an insurer’s ability to do business in the USA and US territories please contact a licensed agent or broker for advice.

This communication provides general information on Hiscox’s products and services only and, except with regard to Hiscox Small Business Insurance, is not intended to be, and does not constitute, a solicitation of business by syndicates at Lloyd’s from or in respect of the USA or U.S. territories. The information contained herein is not a part of an insurance policy, and may not be used to modify any insurance policy that might be issued. In the event the actual policy forms are inconsistent with any information provided herein, the language of the policy forms shall govern.

About Hiscox Small Business Insurance

Hiscox is the first company in the U.S. to offer insurance coverage for professional services businesses with 10 employees or less direct, online, and in real-time. We provide professional liability, general liability and business owners insurance, underwritten by Hiscox Insurance Company Inc. We also offer workers' compensation insurance provided by EMPLOYERS®. Hiscox Insurance Company Inc. is rated ‘A’ (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.

About Employers Holdings, Inc.

Employers Holdings, Inc. is a holding company with subsidiaries that are specialty providers of workers' compensation insurance and services focused on select small businesses engaged in low-to-medium hazard industries. The company, through its subsidiaries, operates coast to coast. Insurance is offered by Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and Employers Assurance Company, all rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. Not all insurers do business in all jurisdictions. Additional information can be found at: http://www.employers.com.


EMPLOYERS® and America's small business insurance specialist® are registered trademarks of Employers Insurance Company of Nevada.



Coverages are subject to underwriting and may not be available in all states. As of December 31, 2010, Hiscox Insurance Company Inc. had admitted assets of $63,021,985 and policyholders surplus of $52,782,927. Total liabilities were $10,239,058 (inclusive of $4,731,628 in reserves) and paid up capital stock was $4,200,000.

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