Melanie Miller has joined Samuel Goldwyn Films as Exec VP responsible for their distribution, marketing and PR strategy for all films currently on their slate, which includes such titles as Hyena Road, Identicals, Hostile Border, Havana Motor Club and No Men Beyond This Point. She will also work closely with President Peter Goldwyn on ways to expand the Goldwyn footprint, in both episodic and feature-length content with existing and new partners. They plan to release about 24 films this year.
Miller and Goldwyn have worked together in the past when she was at Gravitas Ventures and the two companies partnered on director Laurie Collyer’s Sunlight Jr., which starred Naomi Watts, Norman Reedus, and Matt Dillon.
One of Miller and Goldwyn’s goals is to brand build the Goldwyn company name.
Miller has over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry as a producer, acquisitions and marketing executive, festival programmer, and music supervisor. During her tenure at the aforementioned Gravitas Ventures as VP of Acquisitions and Marketing, she played an integral role in distribution. One of the last projects she oversaw was the theatrical release of 21 Years: Richard Linklater.
Prior to Gravitas, Miller was the Artistic Director at the Jackson Hole Film Institute and in 2009 co-founded the production company Fishbowl Films with producing partner Diane Becker. Fishbowl currently has Shaz Bennett’s directorial debut Alaska Is A Drag which is in post-production.
“No one understands the landscape and possibilities that exist in the current marketplace as well as Melanie Miller and her view towards the future of the business is uncanny,” said Peter Goldwyn. “We are excited to have her join our team and help us build the future of Goldwyn.”
The companies’ past films have included The Squid and the Whale, Super Size Me, Tangerine. Upcoming product includes Barista, which is Rock Baijnauth’s surreal look at the world of coffee competitions; Chris Bell’s expose Prescription Thugs, Andrew Renzi’s Tribeca Film Festival favorite The Benefactor (which stars Richard Gere); Jason Wise’s follow-up Somm: Into the Bottle, Takashi Miike’s Yakuza Apocalypse, and Mark Sawer’s sci-fi comedy No Men Beyond This Point.