Barbara Chiodo


Barbara Chiodo is an international finance executive, and INSEAD MBA, with a 14 years impressive record in developing media and financial services businesses through definition of growth strategies, M&A alliances and partnerships.

Barbara started her entertainment financing experience by working with major West End theatre in London in 2005, under the supervision of Sally Greene, chairmen of the Old Vic Theatre (whose artistic director is Kevin Spacey). Throughout the experience in theatre, Barbara has learned first-hand about financing structure and recoupment schedules both in large West End productions and in small fringe theatres. She was member of the financing committee of Theatre503 and Jermyn Street Theatre, with whom has produced their first Edinburgh show in 2009. She is currently an alumna of the prestigious “Society of London Theatre” in London and of the “Commercial Theatre Institute on Broadway”.

Since 2008 Barbara has been involved in independent film financing, in several roles, as executive producer from Aria Films productions to an advisory role for Claridge Capital, leading entertainment advisory firm in London, where she built business and performance models for equity sourcing for major Hollywood producers. In Los Angeles, Barbara consulted for 120dB Films, a leading debt finance fund, where she structured and financed presales, tax credit and gap deals for independent films, evaluated licensing agreements with content producers and distributors, providing analytics and recommendation on deal structure and financial impact on business; quantified financial risk of content portfolio and presented business case to capital source, for transactions of up to $10M.

Currently Barbara is consulting for a number of award nominated entertainment companies and start-ups in Los Angeles on financing structures, deal making and entrepreneurial finance. Selected customers are: The Exchange, Echo Lake Entertainment, Ojai Oil Company, UCLA and other independent entities.

Barbara is currently a guest lecturer at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), teaching international production, with a strong focus on global production incentives (tax credit, tax shelters and rebates).

Barbara’s previous experience, include fixed income derivatives distribution at Barclays Capital in London - where she single-handedly drove the developed the entire money market in Europe during the sub-prime crisis and lead a large team of country focused sales executives – and Citigroup, where she was in charge of the growth strategy for their capital markets division globally.

Barbara Chiodo was awarded an MBA at the renowned International Graduate Business School, the Institut Européen d'Administration Des Affaires, or INSEAD, in Fontainebleau near Paris, France, where he specialized strategy and finance. He also holds an MSc from Bocconi University of Economics in Italy, where he specialized in financial markets economics, a Certificate in Entertainment Studies from UCLA and a Certificate of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst from the CFA Institute.