Stage 32 Pitching Lab: Get Your Film or Television Pitch Materials Green Light Ready in 8 Weeks

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Taught by Jeanette B. Milio

$799
Lab Schedule (8 sessions):
Wednesday, Apr 5TH 3 - 5PM PDT
Wednesday, Apr 12TH 3 - 5PM PDT
Wednesday, Apr 19TH 3 - 5PM PDT
Wednesday, Apr 26TH 3 - 5PM PDT
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Class hosted by: Jeanette B. Milio

Producer with Over 500 Hours of Film & TV Content in US, Europe, Dubai & South Africa

Jeanette Milio has over twenty-five years of working across three continents as a producer, executive producer, and financier of motion pictures and television programming. She has worked on over 500 hours of film and television content in the US, Europe, Dubai and South Africa, with a combined total production value of over $250 million. She produced the Netflix Original THE EXPERIMENT starring Adrian Brody and Forrest Whittaker and has worked with ABC/Disney, USA, Showtime, TLC, CW, Discovery, Lionsgate, Paramount, and more. She has also consulted for the international co-production department of Warner Bros. in the U.S. and Germany, which was focused on producing local feature content in Europe. She was involved in the production of German formats of internationally renowned shows such as THE PRICE IS RIGHT, FAMILY FEUD, and JEOPARDY, among others. Five years later, she produced 5 seasons of the prime-time drama series WILDBACH for the German network ARD, and the feature KREIS DER ANGST for the PRO SIEBEN network. Jeanette immigrated to the United States and produced theatrical motion pictures and television content for U.S. studios and network stations. Credits include TIMESHARE starring Nastassja Kinski, Timothy Dalton, and Kevin Zegers (distributor: FOX Family/ABC Disney), 13 starring Jason Statham, Academy Award winning actor Mickey Rourke, Sam Riley, Ray Winston, Michael Shannon, and Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent (distributor: Paramount Vantage); THE EXPERIMENT directed by Paul Scheuring, starring Academy Award winning actors Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker, as well as Cam Gigandet (distributor: Sony Pictures, Netflix); and DARK TIDE, starring Academy Award® winner Halle Berry, directed by John Stockwell (distributor: Lionsgate), etc. Throughout her career, Jeanette was involved in financing over 45 film and television projects for HBO, Showtime, ABC, USA Network, Disney, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and others. Jeanette managed a media fund for Far East National Bank, which funded 40 film and television projects, which lead to her structuring her own media fund in 2009, that financed theatrical features with a production volume of $60 million. She co-created, co-financed and executive produced the beauty competition series GLOBAL BEAUTY MASTERS (TLC) and its spin-off series THE LOOK ALL-STARS (CW Network). She further managed the renowned dog series TV series and brand DOG WHISPERER WITH CESAR MILLAN, which aired for 9 seasons on the National Geographic Channel and sold in over 180 countries. In 2020 Jeanette co-created, financed, and produced two seasons for the new series DOG MASTERS, starring Laura Nativo and Alex Rossi, which is being represented by The Gersh Agency for the U.S. and international distribution. Jeanette B. Milio is a member of the Producer’s Council for The Producers Guild of America, an executive member of Women in Film, and a member of the Cannes Film Festival Producer’s Network. Jeanette was a co-founder of the Film Finance Forum in Zurich with Winston Baker, teaches Entertainment Finance at UCLAx, and is the author of the industry guide for film and television finance: ENTERTAINMENT FINANCE TODAY, a comprehensive guide in film and television finance. Full Bio »

Summary

Only 3 spots left - grab your spot now!

Work one-on-one with a film and television producer who has projects with Paramount, Netflix, Disney, Lionsgate, and  Showtime to get your project's pitch materials ready for a green light!

*PLUS! Be connected with Jeanette via email for the duration of the lab*

Payment plans available - contact edu@stage32.com for details

It's time YOUR project made it's way into production!

With the proliferation of streaming services, there has never been a time when more content is needed and more content is getting the green light into production. Streaming services, networks, and studios are all acquiring scripts and pitches to get projects into production ASAP. However, while the demand for new film and television projects is certainly high right now, not every idea sells. In fact, most don’t.

That's why Stage 32 is bringing in a financier and producer of dozens of films and television shows to work with a small group of creatives over 8 interactive sessions to get your project's pitch elements into professional shape so you can get the green light from the studio, distributor or financier that you're looking for. 

Your instructor, Jeanette Milio, has worked across three continents as a producer, executive producer, and financier of motion pictures and television programming. She has worked on over 500 hours of film and television content in the US, Europe, Dubai and South Africa, with a combined total production value of over $250 million. She produced the Netflix Original THE EXPERIMENT starring Adrian Brody and Forrest Whittaker and has worked with ABC/Disney, USA, Showtime, TLC, CW, Discovery, Lionsgate, Paramount, and more.

Whether you are an experienced writer or producer, or if you are at the beginning of your career looking to sell your first project, the rules are the same for everyone - you must create a compelling, engaging pitch to get your project sold and into production Today’s competitive marketplace is looking for fresh, unique, and edgy content with multifaceted characters and unpredictable plots. Theatrical distributors, network stations, and streamers today want projects that have strong creative and talent elements and are green-light ready when they walk in the door. 

Jeanette will take a deep-dive with you into your specific project and all of its elements to ensure you are in the best position possible to nail your pitch. You will get hands-on tools, training and valuable feedback that help you optimize your project's potential. You'll learn and apply the steps needed to develop your film and your pitch's presentation elements so it can sell in today’s marketplace.

You'll walk away from this lab with your project's pitch materials and sales elements structured and presented in a way that are "green-light ready". 

Plus! You'll receive exclusive handouts to use on your own projects including:

  • Co-Production Agreement Template
  • Option Agreement Template
  • Adjustable Finance Plan
  • Adjustable Distribution Projections
  • Example Green-Light Pitch Deck

Jeanette is only accepting 8 people in her lab. Don't miss your opportunity to work with a world-class producer and financier and get your project into professional shape to present to studios, distributors and financiers and get the green light that gets it made. 

 

PRAISE FOR JEANETTE'S PREVIOUS STAGE 32 EDUCATION:

"Jeanette has invaluable knowledge and made me feel like seeing my movie on the big screen was possible." -- Phillip F.

"Jeanette's experience really comes through in her mentorship. She has seen it all and is so helpful in guiding you through the complex world of film and tv." - Letty L.

What You'll Learn

WEEK 1: How To Understand The Marketplace Today

  • What is the current business model for studios, network stations, and streamers?
  • What types of content are these buyers looking for today? 
  • Understanding the limitations in today's marketplace for creatives, buyers, distributors, and investors
  • What types of projects sell and resonate with audiences...and how your project can be one
  • Q&A with Jeanette

WEEK 2: Ways To Evaluate What Your Currently Have vs. What You Need 

  • Introduce your project concept
  • How to look at your project from the perspective of a buyer and financier (not just a creative)
  • What elements should you adjust to fit the marketplace without compromising your vision? 
  • How to tweak your concept to elevate the inherent value of your project
  • Q&A with Jeanette

WEEK 3: Deep Dive On The “3 Pillars” That Sell Your Project: Concept - Genre - Characters

  • The importance of creative and narrative elements in your concept
  • What is the best way to structure essential story elements in your particular project?
    • Story engine
    • Plot
    • Theme
    • Point of view
  • Understanding the importance of your lead characters and their arcs
  • Q&A with Jeanette

WEEK 4: The Path of Packaging

  • What is packaging and why is everyone talking about it?
  • Why are your director and lead cast so critical?
  • Understand the steps you must take to attract and attach critical creatives to your project
  • Q&A with Jeanette

WEEK 5: Distribution Options for your Project

  • How to define marketing and distribution strategies for your project
  • Understanding your genre and related audience and marketplace
  • Why the detailed distribution options you have and related terms and conditions that support you, your project, and your investors are so important
  • Q&A with Jeanette

WEEK 6: Financial Analysis

  • Art vs. Commerce: understand the budgetary strength and limitations of your project and learn about tools to stay feasible
  • Analyzing the steps you must take to optimize the financials for your project
  • How and why you should define potential risks and employ mitigation strategies for your project to your investor
  • Q&A with Jeanette

WEEK 7: Tools To Optimize The Creative Integrity Of Your Project

  • Create and define your projects USP (Unique Selling Points)
  • How to establish a logline that effectively sells your story
  • How to write the best summary that elevates your story
  • Employ visuals that support the genre, tone, and mood of your project
  • Understand what a pitch deck for distributors and investors entails
  • The do’s and don’ts when pitching
  • Q&A with Jeanette

WEEK 8: Pitch Your Green Light Ready Pitch Deck!

  • The art of the pitch
  • You will present your updated and green-light-ready pitch for final feedback from a distributor and investor point of view.
  • Q&A with Jeanette

Take aways and handouts:

  • Green-light Pitch Deck
  • Co-Production Agreement Template
  • Option Agreement Template
  • Adjustable Finance Plan
  • Adjustable Distribution Projections

 


WHAT TO EXPECT:

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an executive and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • This lab is designed for beginner and intermediate writers interested in creating a green light ready pitch for a film or television project.
  • By the end of this 8-week lab, you will have a professionally vetted pitch deck ready to pitch to investors, networks, streamers, and distributors.
  • This is an in-depth, practical, and detailed lab with one-on-one time with the instructor and significantly more content than a standard 90-minute webinar.
  • You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to stay motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the length of the lab.
  • **Jeanette will be available on email during the 8 sessions to answer any questions you have about your project.**

Payment plans are available - please contact edu@stage32.com for more information

About Your Instructor

Jeanette Milio has over twenty-five years of working across three continents as a producer, executive producer, and financier of motion pictures and television programming. She has worked on over 500 hours of film and television content in the US, Europe, Dubai and South Africa, with a combined total production value of over $250 million. She produced the Netflix Original THE EXPERIMENT starring Adrian Brody and Forrest Whittaker and has worked with ABC/Disney, USA, Showtime, TLC, CW, Discovery, Lionsgate, Paramount, and more. She has also consulted for the international co-production department of Warner Bros. in the U.S. and Germany, which was focused on producing local feature content in Europe.

She was involved in the production of German formats of internationally renowned shows such as THE PRICE IS RIGHT, FAMILY FEUD, and JEOPARDY, among others. Five years later, she produced 5 seasons of the prime-time drama series WILDBACH for the German network ARD, and the feature KREIS DER ANGST for the PRO SIEBEN network.

Jeanette immigrated to the United States and produced theatrical motion pictures and television content for U.S. studios and network stations. Credits include TIMESHARE starring Nastassja Kinski, Timothy Dalton, and Kevin Zegers (distributor: FOX Family/ABC Disney), 13 starring Jason Statham, Academy Award winning actor Mickey Rourke, Sam Riley, Ray Winston, Michael Shannon, and Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent (distributor: Paramount Vantage); THE EXPERIMENT directed by Paul Scheuring, starring Academy Award winning actors Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker, as well as Cam Gigandet (distributor: Sony Pictures, Netflix); and DARK TIDE, starring Academy Award® winner Halle Berry, directed by John Stockwell (distributor: Lionsgate), etc. Throughout her career, Jeanette was involved in financing over 45 film and television projects for HBO, Showtime, ABC, USA Network, Disney, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and others.

Jeanette managed a media fund for Far East National Bank, which funded 40 film and television projects, which lead to her structuring her own media fund in 2009, that financed theatrical features with a production volume of $60 million.

She co-created, co-financed and executive produced the beauty competition series GLOBAL BEAUTY MASTERS (TLC) and its spin-off series THE LOOK ALL-STARS (CW Network). She further managed the renowned dog series TV series and brand DOG WHISPERER WITH CESAR MILLAN, which aired for 9 seasons on the National Geographic Channel and sold in over 180 countries. In 2020 Jeanette co-created, financed, and produced two seasons for the new series DOG MASTERS, starring Laura Nativo and Alex Rossi, which is being represented by The Gersh Agency for the U.S. and international distribution.

Jeanette B. Milio is a member of the Producer’s Council for The Producers Guild of America, an executive member of Women in Film, and a member of the Cannes Film Festival Producer’s Network. Jeanette was a co-founder of the Film Finance Forum in Zurich with Winston Baker, teaches Entertainment Finance at UCLAx, and is the author of the industry guide for film and television finance: ENTERTAINMENT FINANCE TODAY, a comprehensive guide in film and television finance.

Schedule

Wednesday April 5th 3pm-5pm PT

Wednesday April 12th 3pm-5pm PT

Wednesday April 19th 3pm-5pm PT

Wednesday April 26th 3pm-5pm PT

Wednesday May 10th 3pm-5pm PT

Wednesday May 17th 3pm-5pm PT

Wednesday May 24th 3pm-5pm PT

Wednesday May 31st 3pm-5pm PT

 
 

 

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