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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In our second webinar in series, we are going to talk about how you can effectively write a TV series to budget.
More television than ever is being made and consumed. With streamers like Netflix looking for new, exciting, original stories from all over the world to produce, you have to put yourself in the best position to make sure your story stands out. But, the truth is that an intriguing story in today's marketplace is not enough. You have to look at the practicalities of making your story into a television series, and with that, you have to think about how what you write will affect the budget. Getting a clear understanding of how to think about budget when you are writing will help give you the competitive advantage you need to get you closer to your greenlight.
To help you is Jeanette B. Milio, a producer who has worked on over 500 hours of film and television content in the US, Europe, Dubai and South Africa. 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.
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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.
"Jeanette is dynamite. Her knowledge level on financing is spectacular!" - Anne R. Learn how to make a profitable film under $10MM from a producer who's worked with NETFLIX and LIONSGATE . Some of the most profitable and most award winning films in recent years have been movies made for a budget between $5MM-$10MM. Feature films like The Big Sick, Moonlight, and the megahit Get Out were all made for less than $10MM but grossed 10 or even 20 times their initial investment. So how do you position your film and make the best use of your $5MM-$10MM budget for profitablity and success? In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, an industry expert will show you the finance, production, and distribution options for your mid-budget film. The market has been hot for this budget level of films, and it's on innovative filmmakers like yourself to fill in the void and bring your unique perspective to audiences. Providing her experience and insight in finance and producing is Jeanette Milio. She has worked on over 45 films and television programs for companies like Netflix, Disney, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, HBO, Showtime, and many more. Her projects have also starred Academy Award-winning performers, including Halle Berry, Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, and Mickey Rourke. She's also a member of the Producer's Guild of America, Women in Film, and the Cannes Film Festival Producer's Network and structured her own media fund in 2009 that financed theatrical features with a production volume of $60 million. Jeanette's providing her vast experience for your benefit and will answer any questions from those who attend the live webinar. You'll also have access to the recording for future viewings to ensure that you don't miss any information that can benefit your production. You'll also walk away with these exclusive handouts from Jeanette: Excel Finance Plan Template Sample CAMA (revenue/profit) agreement Sample story rights agreement (option) Sample talent offers for director and cast (pay-or-play)
With numerous financing options available and platforms for distribution, there's never been a better time for $3 million and under films from great new talent. With guidance from a producer and financier on over 45 films and television projects, you won't have to wait for a studio green light to bring your low-budget film to reality. Is your desire for your script to be a commercial film holding you back from producing it yourself? Are you overwhelmed by the thought of coming up with those big numbers and convinced only a big studio could bring your project to life? Whether you're making an intimate character study or a high-concept comedy, there's no need to wait to produce your film. Investors and producers avoid films in the $1 to $3 million range as these lower budgets are riskier, but the returns have the greatest rewards if you produce them correctly. In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you'll learn the optimal way to finance your $1 to $3 million film and make a profit by choosing the best project for the market, attaching great talent to build a package, and assembling a great business plan that attracts investors. You'll understand the financing, production, and distribution options available to low-budget films, how to secure and structure the various finance sources, and how to optimize distribution agreements. Showing you the ropes is acclaimed producer Jeanette Milio, who has worked on over 45 film and television projects with major studios and producers, such as Netflix, Disney, Sony, Paramount, HBO, Showtime, and many more. Her films have starred major stars, including Academy Award-winning performers Halle Berry, Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, and Mickey Rourke. 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. Jeannette brings extraordinary knowledge for your benefit and will be available for questions so that you can ask for information specific to your project. You'll also have access to the recording to revisit the lessons and be provided with exclusive handouts from Jeanette, including: Financial Planning Tools 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.
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.
A New Exclusive 4-Part Class! Learn how to make your film AND make money doing it from a successful producer of over 45 film and television projects with Netflix, Disney, Sony, Paramount, HBO, Showtime, and more. Plus! Receive exclusive handouts, including an adjustable finance plan, an option agreement, and a sample "pay or play" offer to attach your cast and director. Is your desire for your script to be acquired by an established company holding you back from producing it yourself? Instead of letting your script sit in a drawer waiting while you cross your fingers and hope someone buys it, you could produce it yourself at a lower budget. The truth is some of the greatest returns in filmmaking come from making a project for $1 to $3 million. Producing isn’t easy, but if you can create a quality story and project, you can attract talent, build a great package, and win over investors. In this exclusive Stage 32 class, you’ll learn the step-by-step process of producing a film with a budget of $1 to $3 million that can sell and generate profits. Over four sessions, you’ll cover how to create this attractive project, sales, distribution, how to finance it, and how to avoid pitfalls and eliminate risks. All this so that, in the end, you can walk away knowing how to make your film a reality and make money doing it. You’ll also receive exclusive handouts, including an adjustable finance plan for low-budget films, an option agreement, and a sample “pay or play” offers to attach your cast and director. Showing you the ropes is acclaimed producer Jeanette Milio, who has worked on over 45 film and television projects with major studios and producers, such as Netflix, Disney, Sony, Paramount, HBO, Showtime, and many more. Her films have starred top-tier talent, including Academy Award-winning performers Halle Berry, Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, and Mickey Rourke. 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. Start your 2023 by learning how to bring your film to life on your terms and make your biggest goal a reality. PRAISE FOR JEANNETTE'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.
Learn every step you need to know to make your $5-$15 million film from a successful producer of over 45 film and television projects with Netflix, Disney, Sony, Paramount, HBO, Showtime, and more. Payment plans available - contact email@example.com for details We are in a great moment in the global entertainment industry to make your movie in the $5-$15 million budget range. Films like CODA ($10MM), MOONLIGHT ($5MM), BRUISED ($10MM) and GET OUT ($5MM) have won Oscars, made huge financial returns and launched dozens of careers on all sides of the camera. Providing her experience and insight is Jeanette Milio. She has worked on over 45 films and television programs for companies like Netflix, Disney, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, HBO, Showtime, and many more. Her projects have also starred Academy Award-winning performers, including Halle Berry, Adrien Brody, Forest Whitaker, and Mickey Rourke. She's also a member of the Producer's Guild of America, Women in Film, and the Cannes Film Festival Producer's Network and structured her own media fund in 2009 that financed theatrical features with a production volume of $60 million. This exclusive Stage 32 6-session class will teach you every step -- from the inception of an idea to generating profits – leading producers and investors toward the path of creating a film that can be profitable and creatively fulfilling. You'll learn how to pick or write the appropriate script to create the value proposition, how to understand the marketplace and your distribution options, and how to structure your finance sources so that you can optimize your returns through mitigation strategies to protect the project, the producer, and the investor(s). Films in the $5-$15 million budget range often have the advantage of allowing enough money to be allocated to the above-the-line talent to secure a name cast. The tricky balance producers and filmmakers face, and the challenge they must overcome if they want their film to be successful, is matching their budget with what the marketplace is willing to pay for their film. The key to success is avoiding common pitfalls producers, investors, and distributors face when making films in the $5-15 million budget range. The $5-$15 million budget range also is one of the most critically successful and finically viable in today’s marketplace. Producers who find or create a story that can sell, attach strong talent, bring quality onto the screen, and understand the importance of structuring a balanced finance plan that generates profits, will be very successful in this budget range. Don't miss this detailed, step-by-step guide to producing a $5-$15 million film that can sell and generate profits! Plus! Jeanette will provide you with exclusive handouts that you can use when making your film. Downloads include: Template Option Agreement (short form) Template Pay-or-Play Offer Agreement Template CAMA (Collection Agent Management Agreement) Template/Adjustable Finance Plan PRAISE FOR JEANNETTE'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.