Melissa has been in the distribution industry in the UK for 19 years - 7 years at Disney, and 3 years as Director of Film Operations at Paramount Pictures. She set up her own consultancy in 2009 and worked closely with distributors and exhibitors in the Alternative Content industry.
Seeing the potential and the infrastructure required to help the industry to grow, she set up the Event Cinema Association in 2012 and appointed a board of 10 key figures in the industry. Melissa was named in the Top 50 Global Women in Cinema in 2017. She writes regularly for Digital Cinema Report and Cinema Technology Magazine.
In 2018 the ECA’s membership includes 200+ members from 41 territories and has been widely credited with raising the profile of the industry.