Open Health Named Finalist in 12th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business

October 8, 2015

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Burbank, CACast & Crew Open Health today was named a Finalist in the Best New Product or Service of the Year category in the 12th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Cast & Crew Open Health is a unique Affordable Care Act-compliant health care insurance offering especially designed for the Entertainment Industry, providing a unique solution not available elsewhere. As the first-and-only Entertainment Industry-wide, multiple-employer healthcare plan designed for non-union employees, Open Health is an innovative and affordable industry solution that is decreasing the amount of uninsured employees in the industry.

Cast & Crew Open Health is led by Shardell Cavaliere, President of Cast & Crew Life Services. Cavaliere has been an influential member of the Cast & Crew team since 1986, and developed Cast & Crew Open Health as an innovative industry solution to help those in the entertainment business comply with Affordable Care Act regulations. In addition to overseeing Open Health Cavaliere continues to blaze the trail, developing the first work-life balance suite of products designed specifically for Entertainment Industry personnel that is expected to launch later this year.

“We are proud of what Shardell has accomplished with Cast & Crew Open Health,” said Eric Belcher, CEO and President of Cast & Crew. “In just over a year, we have brought on more than 9,000 participants and are proud to be part of this unique solution to ensuring every employee in the Entertainment Industry has access to affordable health coverage.”

“I am thrilled that Cast & Crew Open Health is being honored with such an outstanding achievement,” said Cavaliere. “In addition to our work with Open Health, the specific title of the award holds great meaning for me as two-thirds of our executive management team is made up of women – a statistic of which we are very proud – and it’s tremendous to be recognized among the other women and companies represented today.”

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Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

About Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, LLC ( is a premier provider of payroll and production accounting services to the film, television, live entertainment and digital markets in North America and internationally. The company’s services include payroll, residuals and financial services, workers’ compensation and production accounting software. The company’s PSL production accounting software is the industry-leading accounting application. The company, which was founded in 1976, owns and operates each of its offices – eight in the U.S., two in Canada and one in the U.K. Cast & Crew’s corporate headquarters are located in Burbank, California.

About Cast & Crew Open Health

Cast & Crew Open Health℠ is the first – and only – Entertainment Industry-wide, multiple-employer healthcare coverage designed for all non-union employees. The plan, which is eligible for most state tax- incentive programs, also is portable. It is portable for the employer irrespective of payroll services provider. It is also portable for employees who become covered under the Plan. The goal of Open Health is to make insured medical coverage trouble-free and available to all non-union employees working in the Entertainment Industry so their employers can satisfy the employer shared responsibility requirements of the Affordable Care Act and avoid shared-responsibility penalties.

About The Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in six programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at

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