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Jim MilioWriter / Director / Executive Producer
The multi-award-winning (Emmy Award nominee, People’s Choice Award winner, etc.) television and motion picture Producer Jim Milio is best known for his ability to identify breakout talent and stories that connect with audiences and are successfully distributed through major studios and network stations all over the world. Milio has developed, written, directed and produced over 400 hours of primetime television programming and various theatrical motion pictures. He wrote, directed and produced various top-rated nonfiction programs for The Sci-Fi Channel, the highest-rated miniseries for The History Channel and has consistently produced some of the highest-rated programs for their long list of clients that include the National Geographic Channel, A&E, Court TV and the Discovery family of networks (Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Health Network). On the motion picture side Jim Milio wrote and directed the feature film Men Seeking Women starring Will Ferrell and he co-executive produced the highest grossing independent feature film in movie history, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. That success was followed by the company’s launch of Dog Whisperer, which has consistently been one of National Geographic Channel’s top rated shows for nine seasons. Further projects included a documentary special deep in the Sahara Desert, The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt. This scientific expedition led to the internationally-acclaimed discovery of a new species of immense dinosaur, Paralititan. Milio furthermore produced the CBS series Rescue 911, Founding Fathers for the History Channel, The Discovery Channel Eco-Challenge Australia, the Emmy nominated Great Moments in Disney Animation for ABC, and The Real Las Vegas for A&E, amongst hundreds of hours of other top quality and highly rated projects.
Jim Milio was co-chair of the Non-Fiction Committees of the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) and was a member of the Non-Fiction Steering Committee of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS).
Jeanette B. MilioExecutive Producer
Jeanette B. Milio is a producer and financier 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. Born and raised in Cologne, Germany, Jeanette B. Milio’s career started in 1989 working in prime time programming at RTL Television, one of Europe’s leading network stations. 1994 she produced the prime time drama series Wildbach airing for five consecutive years on the the WDR / Bayrischer Runfdunk, the first public television network in Germany. In 1995 she produced the television drama Kreis der Angst, for the Pro Sieben / SAT 1 Television Group, Germany. Since her immigration to the US in 1999 Jeanette B. Milio film and television projects including Timeshare starring Nastassja Kinski, Timothy Dalton and Kevin Zegers, 13, starring Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Sam Riley, Ray Winston, Michael Shannon and 50 Cent, distributed by Paramount Vantage; The Experiment, directed by Paul Scheuring, starring Academy Award® winning actors Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker, distributed by Sony Pictures, Dark Tide, directed by John Stockwell, starring Academy Award® winning actress Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez, distributed by Lionsgate. In 2014 Jeanette B. Milio executive produced the comedy Wild Oats, starring Academy Award ® winner Shirley McClaine, Demi Moore, Jessica Lange and Billy Connelly, directed by Andy Tennant, to be released by The Weinstein Company. And, she produced two seasons of the TV series Global Beauty Masters in Las Vegas, airing on for the Discovery’s TLC.
Jeanette B. Milio is a full voting member of the Producers 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.
Jesse CombsProducer, First AD and Art Director
Inspired by other visionary entertainment moguls, Jesse Combs has rapidly positioned himself as a leader in the future generation of global entertainment and media. As President and CEO of Jecarco Entertainment and Head of Productions for Dream Magic Studios & Silverbird Group, his successes include producing two of Nigeria’s most prestigious events (The Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant and Man of the Year Awards) and the hugely popular Rhythm Late Night, the only daily show that broadcasts live from Los Angeles across Africa reaching more than 50 million viewers.
Multi Emmy Award winning producer/director/ writer Glenn Kirschbaum has spent more than 25 years working in television production. He produced hundreds of hours of programming on such networks as The History Channel, A & E, Discovery, The Food Network, and HGTV. Kirschbaum began his career as an independent writer/director. His first documentary feature was, Adolf Hitler: Man and Myth. Honored with two Emmy Awards and a News & Documentary Award for Outstanding Historical/Cultural Programming, Kirschbaum spent the next several years writing the NBC hit program, Unsolved Mysteries. In that capacity, he was nominated for another Emmy Award. As the Vice President of Television Programming he oversaw production on dozens of films for The History Channel and various series that aired on A &E including Treasure, Haunted History, Civil War Combat.
When it comes to making it happen, Scholanda McCarthan is beyond a force to be reckoned with. In fact, she is, indisputably, the “go-to-person” for helping bring visions to life. In addition to sitting at the helm of Vision Squad Media Group, a full service multimedia company based in Atlanta, GA, she is also Co-producer for Global Beauty Masters, a television reality show about the beauty industry that will begin airing on the Discovery Channel in December 2014. Schlonda was also entrusted with serving as Executive Producer of “Recognize,” an independent, action-packed film distributed by Red Box. Her colorful career, which has included work on several commercials and videos, has afforded her the opportunity to provide services to an array of celebrities, rising stars and business leaders.
Business savvy and results-oriented, Schlonda has also launched several successful business initiatives of her own. They include previous ownership of a hair salon, expertise as a makeup artist, and she is currently the owner of a car dealership. Her entrepreneur spirit has been nurtured since childhood, with early enterprises including handmade candy sales in middle school and ownership of a clothing store in high school.
A native of Wilmington, NC, Schlonda is a wonderful mother. In her spare time, she enjoys travel and spending quality time with her family. Learn more about Schlonda by visiting her online at and www.visionsquadmedia.com.
Anna GiuffreChief Technology Officer: GBM App
Anna Giuffre is an Inventor/Visionary and Marketing Executive leveraging entrepreneurial vision, branding, and eCommerce specialization to deliver lucrative results for rapid-growth for small business and large corporations. She has a BA in Interactive Media Development from Ai – Chicago, Masters in Global Management from Thunderbird University and many UI/UX certifications from Human Factors.
Anna identifies long-term opportunities to produce high-impact ROI and increase customer outreach with cost-centric solutions. She is one of the most respected names in Software, App Technology & Production. She has saved companies millions of dollars with her cost effective development. Anna has been in the industry for 15 years developing, producing, creating & working on brands like; Hilton Vegas, TRUMP Chicago, VH1, Verizon and many others. As a result she has received multiple awards for technology from Brandon Hall Awards, Tabby and Verizon for the development of her apps and user experience per technology. Anna is also known for a patent in UI technology with Guiffre Innovation and Production.