Melanie Miller has over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry as a producer, acquisitions & marketing executive, festival programmer, and music supervisor.
During her tenure at Gravitas Ventures as Vice President of Acquisitions & Marketing, she played an integral role in the growth of the new paradigm of independent distribution. Under her watch the company sub-licensed over 150 films to Warner Bros. Digital Distribution with over 40 receiving a pre-theatrical or day & date theatrical release. Melanie oversaw numerous theatrical & marketing campaigns for the company including PING PONG SUMMER, SUNLIGHT JR., and the Austin Film Festival world premiering documentary 21 YEARS: RICHARD LINKLATER, which she also retains a Producer credit.
Prior to Gravitas, Miller was the Artistic Director at the Jackson Hole Film Institute and in 2009 co-founded production company Fishbowl Films with producing partner Diane Becker. The company’s first feature, DETOUR by William Dickerson received a day & date theatrical release. Their latest collaboration is Shaz Bennett’s directorial debut ALASKA IS A DRAG.
Miller is currently Executive Vice President at Samuel Goldwyn Films. She is responsible for their distribution, marketing and PR strategy for all films. In addition, she works closely with President Peter Goldwyn and Executive Ben Feingold on ways to expand the Goldwyn footprint, in both long form and episodic content with existing and new partners.
Diane is an award-winning photojournalist, graphic designer, and graduate of the American Film Institute. She has successfully bridged her producing career into the feature and documentary film worlds working for companies such as HBO, Netflix, CNN Films, PBS, and Lionsgate.
Diane has worked with Passion Pictures (LISTEN TO ME MARLON) and Motto Pictures (LIFE, ANIMATED, WEINER) on Greg Barker's last four films for HBO, including the award-winning, SERGIO, and MANHUNT, chronicling the search for Osama bin Laden, which won the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary. HOMEGROWN: THE COUNTER TERROR DILEMMA premiered on HBO in early 2016 and Barker’s latest, LEGION OF BROTHERS, premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festvial. It will launch with CNN Films and Gravitas Ventures later this year.
In 2009, she and producer Melanie Miller created Fishbowl Films. The company’s first feature, DETOUR, was released into theaters and can be seen via iTunes and various VOD outlets. They are currently in post-production on writer/director Shaz Bennett’s feature debut, ALASKA IS A DRAG, which won the grand prize at the 2015 U.S. In Progress.
Diane was the supervising producer of the ground breaking docu-series LOS JETS (NUVOtv and Hulu), executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. LOS JETS follows the compelling story of Siler City’s top-ranked boys’ high school soccer team, the Jordan Matthews Jets, as they fight for a spot in the North Carolina State Championships. The players are all sons of Latino immigrants who came to the region in search of a better life for their families. Brought to the U.S. at a young age by their parents, several of these boys are undocumented; and nearly all come from families where one or more members has a compromised immigration status.
Diane and Passion Pictures’ John Battsek produced Stephen Kijak's latest film, WE ARE X, about Japan’s legendary rock band. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won a special jury award for Best Editing in the World Cinema Documentary competition. Other credits include JACO, about bass guitar legend Jaco Pastorius, directed by Kijak and Paul Marchand which can currently be seen on Netflix and CHICKEN PEOPLE, which premiered at SXSW and was released in theaters and broadcast on CMT Television this past fall.