Film Financing Today: The Best Way to Make a Profit with your Film In Today’s Marketplace

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Jeanette B. Milio

Webinar hosted by: Jeanette B. Milio

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

Over twenty-five years and working across three continents, Jeanette Milio 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, and including Academy Award® winning talent in front of and behind the camera. 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 also 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 that financed theatrical features with a production volume of $60 million. Jeanette’s decades working and finding success in the film industry has given her a unique and unrivaled perspective of how to finance film content and make a profit. Full Bio »

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As an independent filmmaker or producer, you probably start working on a new project for creative reasons—the chance to tell an amazing story, build worlds, create something of cultural value. Yet your independent film is not just a creative endeavor; it’s also a business. You’re sourcing financing and bringing in investors, building a team, and creating a property that will (hopefully) ultimately make money. To operate successfully in the world of independent film and continue to make films that you’re proud of, you need to be able to understand the dynamics and the relation between financing, distribution and recoupment of film investments so you and your investors can both leave with a profit.

The business side of films is often especially difficult for filmmakers and creative producers, but it's actually more possible than you think. No matter how big or small your film is, there are multiple ways you can find funding and multiple ways you can ultimately create profitability. And while it might not be second nature for creatives, once you get a handle on how to make this process work for you, you will also be able to create a business model that you can apply to your future projects, and eventually a portfolio of profitable assets (or films) that will serve as an effective and undeniable calling card as you continue to grow in the industry.

Over twenty-five years and working across three continents, Jeanette Milio 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, and including Academy Award® winning talent in front of and behind the camera. 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 also 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 that financed theatrical features with a production volume of $60 million. Jeanette’s decades working and finding success in the film industry has given her a unique and unrivaled perspective of how to finance film content and make a profit.

Exclusively for Stage 32, Jeanette will give a realistic, accessible, and straightforward presentation of the best way to actually finance your film and make a profit in today’s market. She’ll go over the differences between the studio finance model and independent finance model and then delve into how distribution can work best for you and how you can take advantage of more options than you think. Jeanette will also lay out how you can establish profitability for your film by explaining the essential ingredients necessary for a profit, going over how to create a budget and teaching you how you can best align your interests with the investor’s. Jeanette will break down the financial sources available today and give you tips on how you should be balancing multiple sources and mitigate risks for investors at the same time. She’ll even walk you through the complicated “waterfall” process of recoupment.

Financing your film is more possible than you might think, even if you’re just getting started, and Jeanette will give you the tools and confidence to be able to take the necessary steps for your own project.

 

PLUS: Jeanette will provide exclusive and helpful documents to take home with you after, including:

  • Collection Account Management Agreement Example
  • Pay or Play Offer Draft
  • Finance Plan Template for Microsoft Excel

 

 

Praise for Jeanette's Stage 32 Webinar

 

“This was an excellent overview of all that is involved, and a great encouragement to reach out to people who do this kind of thing for a living, instead of trying to do it by myself for the first time.”

- Sarah D.

 

“Jeanette was so detailed about the how to's and why you need to take and research every step. I love getting the details that really feel behind the curtain.”

- Melissa B.

 

“I liked it. Specifically, the content. Jeanette was very informative and clearly knows her stuff.”

- Crystal B.

 

“Explanation of pre-sales and budget breakdown was very informative.”

- Roc R.

 

 

 

 

What You'll Learn

  • An Overview of the Industry Today
    • The studio finance model vs. the independent finance model
    • Why independent finance models are more transparent
  • Working with Distribution and Why the Devil Is in the Details
    • Different distribution options available today
      • Theatrical
      • Streamer
      • Network
      • Co-productions
      • Licensing
      • Buy-on
      • Much more that you might not have considered
    • Protecting distribution revenues
      • And the pitfalls of distribution agreements
  • How to Establish a Profitable Film Project.
    • Essential elements that create profitability for a film project.
    • Creating a feasible budget
    • Understanding essential financial elements to achieve profitability
    • How to align the interest of the investor and producer
  • Film Financing Today
    • Financial Sources available today
      • Bank loans
      • Mezzanine
      • Subsidies
      • Equity
      • Brand Integration
      • Deferments
      • In-Kind Services
      • Music Investment
      • More sources you might not have considered
    • How to balance more than one source of financing at the same time
    • Mitigating risks for investors and producers
    • Understanding the “Waterfall”
      • Who recoups what, when and why
      • Who gets paid what, when, and why
  • Q&A with Jeanette

About Your Instructor

Over twenty-five years and working across three continents, Jeanette Milio 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, and including Academy Award® winning talent in front of and behind the camera. 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 also 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 that financed theatrical features with a production volume of $60 million. Jeanette’s decades working and finding success in the film industry has given her a unique and unrivaled perspective of how to finance film content and make a profit.

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