The Entertainment Economy Institute (EEI) is a six year old research and education consulting firm committed to the workforce development needs of the entertainment and related creative sector industries.

After fourteen years building successful programs at the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Entertainment Industry Development Corporation, Kathleen Milnes founded The Entertainment Economy Institute in July 2004.  EEI conducts employment, occupation, production and economic research; and partners with High Schools, Community Colleges and Community Based Organizations around issues of curriculum, training, and access to the professional creative sector.

Milnes' acknowledged expertise in these areas led to her gubernatorial appointment to the State Workforce Investment Board.  She is also a mayoral appointee to the Youth Council of the Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board.  Milnes was appointed by the Legislature to help revise California's Master Plan for Education and is an appointee of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to an Advisory Committee on Career and Technical Education.  She also serves on the Board of the Hollywood Post Alliance, Film Independent's Project Involve, the Los Angeles Chapter of SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics) and the Advisory Board of the Visual Effects Society.

Milnes is an adjunct professor in the Digital Media Department at the Otis College of Art and Design.  As a speaker, panelist, or moderator, Milnes has presented at conferences sponsored by the California Association for Local Economic Development, the California Workforce Association, the California Department of Education, the California Community Colleges, the California State University Media Arts Festival and the national SIGGRAPH conference She has been interviewed by such media as the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, KNX, CNN, and National Public Radio.

The EEI research team has worked together for over 15 years in entertainment labor market analysis and workforce development and training.  The team is experienced in designing and implementing research projects in emerging industries and has been recognized for its innovative methodologies and break-through research.

EEI serves as the industry private sector intermediary for the California Department of Education's Career Technical Initiative in Arts, Media and Entertainment as well as for the California Community College system's California MEDiA Project (Media, Entertainment and Digital Arts).  EEI has recruited hundreds of industry professionals to volunteer with schools, students and educators and has provided access to conferences and other industry resources to a variety of public education institutions.

Other current clients include the Otis College of Art and Design, the City of Burbank, and the Visual Effects Society.  Previous clients have included: the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pasadena City College, Pierce College, the Orange County Office of Education's Animation Project, the Los Angeles Community College District, the North Orange County Regional Occupation Programs, Film Independent, The Association of Film Commissions International, HD Expo, Workplace Hollywood and ConnectEd (The California Center for College and Career).

The Entertainment Economy Institute is located in Pacific Palisades, California.  We were established in July 2004 as a project of Community Partners, a non-profit incubator.  We became an independent firm in 2006.

Kathleen A. Milnes
President and CEO
The Entertainment Economy Institute
15332 Antioch Street Suite 411
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Phone and Fax: 310-459-9177
Cell: 323-806-6241

A selection of recent projects