Open Health Wins Gold Stevie Award

May 6, 2016

Image result for 2016 gold stevie awardWinners Honored at Awards Ceremony on June 20 in New York

BURBANK, CA Cast & Crew Open Health℠ has been named the winner of the Gold Stevie® Award for Best New Entertainment & Media Service of Year in The 14th Annual American Business Awards. Designed specifically for the entertainment industry, Open Health provides a unique Affordable Care Act-compliant health care insurance offering, and is the first-and-only industry-wide, multiple-employer healthcare plan designed for non-union employees.

The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word meaning “crowned,” the awards will be presented to winners at a gala ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Monday, June 20.

More than 3,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Startup of the Year, Executive of the Year and Best New Product or Service of the Year, among others. Open Health was nominated in the Best New Product or Service of the Year category for Entertainment & Media.

“We are thrilled by the success that Cast & Crew Open Health has achieved in just over a year as a new service for the entertainment industry,” said Eric Belcher, CEO and President of Cast & Crew. “Today, we have more than 14,000 participants in the Plan and we are proud to be doing our part to help ensure that all non-union production workers in the Entertainment Industry have access to affordable health coverage.”

“We are honored to have been nominated in a category that represents Open Health’s unique audience and proud that Cast & Crew Open Health has won the Gold Stevie® Award for Best New Entertainment & Media Service of the Year,” said Shardell Cavaliere, President of Cast & Crew Life Services and industry-solution developer of Open Health. “In less than two years, we have been able to provide tens of thousands of participants with access to quality and affordable health coverage, and now we are motivated to continue to grow and accomplish even more next year.”

More than 250 professionals worldwide participated in the judging process to select this year’s Stevie® Award winners.

“The judges were extremely impressed with the quality of entries we received this year. The competition was intense and every organization that has won should be proud,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie® Awards.

Details about The American Business Awards and the list of 2016 Stevie winners are available at

About Cast & Crew

Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, LLC ( is the premier provider of technology-enabled payroll and production-management services to the entertainment industry. Cast & Crew’s services include payroll processing, residuals processing, workers’ compensation services, labor relations, production incentives and production tax credit financing. Cast & Crew’s PSL production accounting software is the industry-leading accounting application serving the needs of the film, television and digital media industries. The company was founded in 1976, and its corporate headquarters are 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 seven 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, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Stevie Awards competitions receive more than 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations. 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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