Early History

Many health professionals know of Milner-Fenwick's reputation as a leader in patient education. What they don't know is that Milner-Fenwick is a reflection of its founder, Ervin Milner.

Our Company was started in 1952.

Erv was one of what Tom Brokaw defined as The Greatest Generation. He served in the US Army during WWII on Saipan and Guam. During his years in the army he became involved in photography and motion pictures.


About Our Founder

After the war, he began his career as a young photographer doing every job from shooting kids on ponies to working on training films for the government. He incorporated Milner Productions in 1955. Ervin was president and executive producer. He built his business out of his love for filmmaking and as a way to support and nurture his family.

In the late 1950s, he was joined in the business by Robert Fenwick, a Pittsburgh animator and Milner-Fenwick was born. Together, they produced many projects from beer commercials, documentaries, animation features, and training films.

In 1960, Milner-Fenwick's Beyond Silence received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary. It portrayed the world of the deaf at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Their 1960 film, Beyond Silence, received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary. Produced for the US Information Agency, it documented the world of the deaf at Gallaudet University in Washington. See news article.

A portfolio of exciting projects

In 1966, Erv produced "Portrait of a Team," an hour-long program for ABC Sports that depicted the Baltimore Colts' quest for the 1965 NFL championship. The company also produced a biographical film of then Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew for the US Information Agency. It was narrated by John Wayne and distributed throughout the world. He also collaborated with broadcaster and entertainer Arthur Godfrey, actor EG Marshall, British actor Stanley Holloway, and Maryland governors Theodore McKeldin and J. Millard Tawes.

In the late 1960's, Bob Fenwick left the company to head up the motion picture department of the Social Security Administration. With Bob's departure, Erv started to shift the business to educational and medical films, a path that defines Milner-Fenwick today.

Some of his first projects included "The Emergency Treatment of Head Injuries" produced with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the U.S. Public Health Service, "The Human Genetics Series," sponsored by March of Dimes and "My Friend Edi," an animated film for children suffering from diabetes.

In the late 1960's, Erv Milner started to shift the business to educational and medical films, a path that defines Milner-Fenwick today.

"My Friend Edi" was its first patient education film and led Erv to produce an 8-part patient education film series for OB/GYN practices in 1974 with Howard Jones, M.D. Dr. Jones was a well-known professor at Johns Hopkins who later became renowned with his wife, Dr. Georgeanna Jones, for their work in in-vitro fertilization. This series covered topics on childbirth, prenatal and postpartum care, and gynecological conditions and procedures.

Patient Care Integrated Films

The OB/GYN Series was widely adopted by a thousand physicians and hospitals for use with their patients, and spurred Erv's decision to move away from contract film production and focus the company almost exclusively on patient education publishing.

Under Erv's leadership, the company expanded rapidly with more programs in OB/GYN and into new areas such as cardiology, diabetes, gastroenterology, otolaryngology and ophthalmology. By 1980, Milner-Fenwick developed into one of the leading publishers of patient education content working with notable national medical experts and medical associations.

Now led by the second generation of Milners, the company is considered the gold standard of health education video production.