Produced by Jeanette (reel HERE)

Why I wrote this book...

"No, I didn't wake up one day and decide  - enough with producing, let's write a book. My students at UCLA inspired me to do this. They wanted a step-by-step guide from the creation of an idea to the delivery of profits. This is that book.”

How it started...

"After working in the entertainment business for over 20 years, I can say that the most important lessons I learned were the ones that hit me when I jumped in headfirst. I made lots of mistakes but also had successes.  I share them openly in my seminars and workshops with my UCLAx students -- and now also in my book -- so others don't have to stumble into the same traps."

Why I wrote the book "Entertainment Finance Today"...


Jeanette B. Milio is a Producer & Executive Producer of motion pictures and television programming.
Over the span of twenty-five years and working across three continents, she has been involved in over 45 motion picture and television projects, with a total production value exceeding $250 million.
A majority of projects produced/financed by Jeanette B. Milio included Academy Award ® winning talent in front and behind the camera.

Born and raised in Germany, Jeanette’s B. Milio’s career started in the 90's with RTL Television’s prime-time programming producing German formats of “The Price Is Right", "Family Feud", "Jeopardy", among others. For ARD Network she produced the prime-time drama "Wildbach" for 5 seasons.

In 1999, Jeanette emigrated to the United States and focused on theatrical motion picture and production and financing. She produced the comedy "Timeshare" in co-production with Fox and the German distributor Constantin Film. The film stars Nastassja Kinski, Timothy Dalton, and Kevin Zegers. Her work with various German media funds led her to take over the management of Camden Equities, a media investment fund launched by Far East National Bank in Los Angeles. The fund invested in the production, acquisition, and worldwide distribution of over 40 television and theatrical projects for HBO, Showtime, ABC /Disney, USA Network, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, and others.

Around 2009 she launched an investment fund with over 40 European investors. Films funded and produced include the thriller "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 Forest Whitaker, as well as Cam Gigandet (US Distributor Sony Pictures); and "Dark Tide" starring Academy Award ® winner Halle Berry, directed by John Stockwell (US distributor Lionsgate).

Around 2014 Jeanette B. Milio shifted into television. She helped manage the TV series and brand "Dog Whisperer," which aired for 9 seasons on the National Geographic Channel. She is the Executive Producer of the beauty competition series "Global Beauty Masters," which aired on TLC, and its spin-off series "The Look All-Stars," which airs on the CW Channel.

In 2020 Jeanette created, financed, and produced two seasons of the new television series "Dog Masters", soon to be seen on television and streaming platforms. Jeanette currently develops two scripted television series and two feature films, which are scheduled to go into production in 2021. 

Inspired by her work with the Entertainment Studies Department at UCLA Jeanette B. Milio wrote the book "Entertainment Finance Today,"  which was released in 2020, and is a comprehensive industry guide on film and television financing today.

Jeanette 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. Furthermore, Jeanette is an inspirational speaker for the Global Female Leaders Summit in Zurich and the co-founder of the Film Finance Forum Zurich. Jeanette is an expert advisor and speaker on film & television production, financing and distribution, from the development and packaging of commercially viable motion picture & television content to successfully distributing them worldwide.

Jeanette holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, studied screenplay writing at the USC film school in Los Angeles, and is a passionate yoga practitioner holding a Yoga Alliance teaching certificate.

Jeanette B. Milio resides in California with her husband, their three children.

Selected film and television projects financed and/ or produced by Jeanette B. Milio and her team.

Film & Television projects produced by Jeanette b. Milo

@ 2020 Entertainment Finance Today