Melissa has been in the distribution industry in the UK for 20 years – seven years at Disney and three years as director of film operations for Paramount Pictures. She set up her own consultancy in 2009 and was retained by the Royal Opera House to develop its own distribution department. Over time, seeing the position, branding and infrastructure required to help the industry to grow, she set up the Event Cinema Association in 2012 and appointed a Board of ten key figures in the industry.
By 2018, Melissa stepped down from the ECA returning to consultancy, providing advice to distributors, marketing and editorial support to industry press as well as lecturing at UK universities. Melissa’s achievements have been recognised with the Outstanding Contribution to Event Cinema Award at the 2015 ECA Awards, and she was also ranked 33rd in the Celluloid Junkie Top Women in Cinema in 2017. Her contributions to Event Cinema have positioned her as a thought leader in the industry, and as such she is extensively published in reports, magazines and journals.
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