Film Financing Today: How to Produce a Film Between $15MM-$30MM

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

Jeanette Milio is a producer, executive producer, and financier of motion pictures and television programming. Over 25 years and working across three continents, she has been involved in the production of over 500 hours of content for film and television, with a total production value of over $250 million, including Academy Award-winning talent in front of and behind the camera. Credits include TIMESHARE starring Nastassja Kinski, Timothy Dalton, and Kevin Zegers for FOX Family/ABC Disney, 13 starring Jason Statham, Academy Award-winner Mickey Rourke, Sam Riley, Ray Winston, Michael Shannon, and Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent for Paramount Vantage, THE EXPERIMENT directed by Paul Scheuring, starring Academy Award-winners Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker, for Sony and Netflix, and DARK TIDE, starring Academy Award-winner Halle Berry and directed by John Stockwell for Lionsgate. Throughout her career, Jeanette has been involved in financing over 45 film and television projects for HBO, Showtime, ABC, USA Network, Disney, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and others.Jeanette previously managed a media fund for Far East National Bank, which funded 40 film and television projects, leading to her structuring her own media fund in 2009 that financed theatrical features with a production volume of $60 million. Recently, Jeanette focused on developing, financing, and production of television series. 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 managed the renowned dog series TV series and brand DOG WHISPERER WITH CESAR MILLAN, which aired for nine seasons on the National Geographic Channel and sold in over 180 countries. Jeanette B. Milio is a member of the Producer’s Council for The Producers Guild of America, Women in Film, and the Cannes Film Festival Producer’s Network. Jeanette co-founded 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 »

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As streamers like Netflix and Amazon continue to put a tremendous focus on acquiring quality, star-driven independent films, the opportunities for financing and producing a film between $15-$30MM have never been better, so long as you know exactly where to look and what the path for it is.

You'll need to know how to pick the right script, break down every aspect of your budget through distribution, understand distribution options, and how to structure your finance sources to optimize your returns. The best way to get all the information you need is to get support from someone who's done it before, and who better than someone who's worked on over 45 film and television projects with every major studio in town?

In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, Jeanette Milio shows you the financing and producing side of putting together a film for $15 to $30 million. Jeanette has worked with Netflix, Disney, Warner Bros., Sony, Paramount, HBO, Showtime, and more. She's also produced films starring Academy Award-winning performers, including Halle Berry, Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, and Mickey Rourke, and knows how to package a film to attract investors. As a member of the Producer's Guild of America, Women in Film, and the Cannes Film Festival Producer's Network, Jeanette has deep industry knowledge for domestic and international markets at every budget level.

Jeanette brings over 25 years of experience in domestic and international productions to this webinar for your benefit. If you have a higher-priced concept and don't want to wait for someone else to give you the green light, then this webinar is what you need to know how to make your production happen.

Jeanette will show you how to produce and finance your project using her unique experience with $15 to $30 million budgets and how to get the best return on investment.

You'll walk away with handouts from Jeanette to benefit your production, including:

  • Excel Finance Plan Template
  • Sample CAMA (revenue/profit) agreement
  • Sample story rights agreement (option)
  • Sample talent offers for director and cast (pay-or-play)

 

 

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

- Phillip F.

 

What You'll Learn

Industry Overview: The Independent Film Finance Model vs the Studio Finance Model

  • Comparing the studio finance model with the independent finance model
  • Why do studios no longer produce films in the $15–$30 MM range
  • How independent producers produce $15-$30 MM films that are released by the studios and streamers

Understand the (Constant Changing) Marketplace

  • Learn what the marketplace is looking for and deliver just that
  • Know what project to pick and why
  • Adapt to the constant market changes and shifts and protect your project (and your investor)
  • Verify the demand for your film before producing it

How to Finance a $15-$30MM Film

  • Understand what finance sources you can access and how to access them
  • Learn how to optimally structure these sources in view of generating profits
  • Understand the financial risks and learn how to mitigate them

Distribution Options for $15-$30MM films

  • Choose the right distribution option for your film in view of optimizing distribution revenues
  • Distribution in theaters, with streamers, co-productions, and licensing
  • Understand the importance of presales
  • Pitfalls of Distribution

Understand the Importance of Creating Value with Your Film

  • Understand high-quality production with feasible budgeting
  • Develop a story that sells
  • Establish value through talent

Q&A with Jeanette

Take Away Documents

  • Excel Finance Plan Template
  • Sample CAMA (revenue/profit) agreement
  • Sample story rights agreement (option)
  • Sample talent offers for director and cast (pay-or-play)

About Your Instructor

Jeanette Milio is a producer, executive producer, and financier of motion pictures and television programming. Over 25 years and working across three continents, she has been involved in the production of over 500 hours of content for film and television, with a total production value of over $250 million, including Academy Award-winning talent in front of and behind the camera. Credits include TIMESHARE starring Nastassja Kinski, Timothy Dalton, and Kevin Zegers for FOX Family/ABC Disney, 13 starring Jason Statham, Academy Award-winner Mickey Rourke, Sam Riley, Ray Winston, Michael Shannon, and Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent for Paramount Vantage, THE EXPERIMENT directed by Paul Scheuring, starring Academy Award-winners Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker, for Sony and Netflix, and DARK TIDE, starring Academy Award-winner Halle Berry and directed by John Stockwell for Lionsgate. Throughout her career, Jeanette has been involved in financing over 45 film and television projects for HBO, Showtime, ABC, USA Network, Disney, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., and others.

Jeanette previously managed a media fund for Far East National Bank, which funded 40 film and television projects, leading to her structuring her own media fund in 2009 that financed theatrical features with a production volume of $60 million. Recently, Jeanette focused on developing, financing, and production of television series. 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 managed the renowned dog series TV series and brand DOG WHISPERER WITH CESAR MILLAN, which aired for nine seasons on the National Geographic Channel and sold in over 180 countries.

Jeanette B. Milio is a member of the Producer’s Council for The Producers Guild of America, Women in Film, and the Cannes Film Festival Producer’s Network. Jeanette co-founded 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.

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Testimonials

"Excellent! Jeanette Milio is awesome, She covered every aspect of the process of financing."

-Roberta J.

 

"Jeanette is great and is the reason why I took this class. Super helpful in understanding all of the layers that go into financing films."

-Jason O.

 

"Jeanette is wonderful! This is my second Seminar with Jeanette, and she gives you all of her experience and knowledge in a clear and precise easy to understand presentation. I love her grasp of the knowledge and the pitfalls to avoid that can tank your movie."

-Leemon P.

 

"Tremendous amount of detailed information. Jeanette gave a clear and concise presentation on what concret steps you need to take in order to secure financing for a film and most importantly how to increase your chances at being a successful producer."

-Peter H.

 

"Fantastic information, thorough, well structured, great examples. Jeanette Milio is and enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor."

-Brian M.

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