We're different! We're all Business!

We want your attention, time, of course some $$$, but not so much that will break the bank.


So, no big fancy buildings or state-of-the-art this and that but what we do have is a whole lot of passion and commitment to sharing what we know and who we know with you.


We were once newbies in the industry making all the wrong choices and our experience is now your gain. We want to lessen your pain and shorten your learning curve. Think Holden Caufield rescuing the kids (Read the book — Catcher in the Rye). But our rescue is from the waters teeming with sharks.


So come get your business on at MBI where we provide real-life knowledge and hands-on training that equips you (yes equip, think shield and sword)
you with the information and training needed to set your creation/story on a
solid foundation.


We want you to imagine and create your production reality based on a sound and solid understanding of the business you are in… Show Business. If you have had enough of the show … now it’s time to get down to business.

So while everyone continues to guess at and seek out the new business models, we know that 2 + 2 is still four and …




At Media Business Institute we believe in propagating the best team for the job. Because we offer many different services, we always bring in the best people for whatever job we are currently undertaking. However, we have a core team that is always present.

Patricia Scarlett


Recognizing a knowledge deficit and lack of training opportunities for television/film students and emerging independent producers, Scarlett developed two innovative workshops – So You’ve Made a Film . . . Now What?, on domestic and international film & television distribution and marketing and So You Want to Be a TV Producer . . . Now What?, focusing primarily on the intricacies of financing productions. These intense but lively workshops have been delivered and well received at Sheridan College, Women in Film & Television (WIFT-T), Directors Guild of Canada, Documentary Organization of Canada, Queen’s University, Toronto Film School and Talent Campus in Cape Town, South Africa. With Scarlett’s launch of the Media Business Institute (MBI) in Toronto, these two signature workshops now form part of a high quality, achievement-oriented learning experience that includes certificate programs in TV/Film Sales and Distribution, TV/Film and New Media Business Affairs and Executive Producing.
Patricia is currently in development on two new projects, Of Cod and Rum, a documentary feature that explores the history of the codfish and rum trade between Jamaica and Newfoundland and Shalom Jamaica, a romantic comedy about a Toronto-based Jewish Jamaican grandfather who returns to Jamaica to host his grandson’s Bar Mitzvah.

Patricia Scarlett is an entrepreneur, TV producer and TV Sales & Distribution professional.  In her role as Founder and Co-President of the Media Business Institute (MBI), Patricia Scarlett draws upon her tremendous depth and the breadth of insight and experience in television, film and digital media. Over the years, she has developed an impressive list of clients, partners and co-producers around the world.

Scarlett’s career began with TVOntario where, as a highly successful international Sales Executive, she was responsible for opening up the Latin American market with sales in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Scarlett partnered with a colleague to launch Compass International, a TV and film distribution company representing domestic and internationally-produced children’s, documentary and arts programmes. Compass International’s list of acclaimed projects included Igloolik Isuma Productions (Canada) – Winners of the 2001 Camera d’Or prize at the Cannes International Film Festival for the first-ever Inuktitut language film and 2002 Genie for Best Picture – Atanarjuat The Fast Runner.
She is a regular at industry trade events such as MIPCOM in Cannes, France; Banff Television Festival, MIP-TV, where she meets with international broadcasters to pitch the projects of the company’s independent producer clients. Patricia has also worked as a film festival director and sat as a juror.