Melanie started producing plays when she was about nine – selling tickets to the parents of the local kids in the suburbs of South London. Her first grown-up producing jobs included a number of awarding-winning Channel 4 education shows: an improvised drama, Wilkommen (BAFTA nom, 95), Ourselves (RTS winner 1995) and Write Away (RTS winner 99 & BAFTA nom, 2000) featuring a young Jamie Oliver. Melanie also directed comedy-drama series for CiTV, including Snap and Magic with Everything, starring Amanda Abbington and produced Bill’s New Frock, for Channel 4, adapted by Andrew Davies. It won the RTS and Broadcast Children’s Drama Awards in 98 and 99, was nominated for a BAFTA and a variety of prizes at international film festivals. United, Melanie’s film for the European Broadcasting Union, written by Dan Zeff, directed by Julian Holmes and narrated by Andrew Sachs, won the Special Prize for Fiction at the Chicago Children’s Film in 2002.
Melanie is co-founder and joint-managing director of BAFTA award-winning, Kindle Entertainment, now in its eleventh year of production with Lionsgate becoming a much welcome stakeholder last year. Melanie is currently exec-producing Kiss Me First with Bryan Elsley (Skins) for Channel 4 and Netflix. A returning cyber-thriller for today’s digital generation, it tells the story of two young women fighting a shadowy cult in a virtual world. Melanie has also exec-produced Dustbin Baby, an International Emmy-winning drama for BBC One; Some Dogs Bite a feature-length drama for BBC Three, directed by Marc Munden and starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster - and mini-series, Treasure Island for Sky One starring Eddie Izzard, Donald Sutherland and Elijah Wood. Melanie also exec-produced Leonardo, an action-adventure series that she co-created with Pia Ashberry for CBBC with Jonny Bailey (Broadchurch) as the young Renaissance hero. Mini-series, The Life & Adventures of Nick Nickleby for BBC One, a contemporary updating of Charles Dickens’ novel marked the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth and was the first modern adaptation of Dickens to play on BBC TV. Award-winning Dixi, an interactive, cyber-mystery for tweens, plays both online and on TV, is now in its fourth series. The first series won a BAFTA for Best Original Digital Content 2014, the second series won C21 Best International Digital Drama 2015 and the third won the Digital TV Most Innovative Content Award 2016. Here’s hoping the fourth series isn’t left out in the cold!