Melissa Taylor is appointed Global Joint Head of Business Development at Framestore.
Framestore has appointed Melissa Taylor as Global Joint Head of Business Development.
As a highly regarded producer, Melissa has worked with some of the world's biggest VFX studios across a diverse range of prestigious feature films. Her illustrious 30-year career spans many groundbreaking feature films including Dragonheart, The Shawshank Redemption, The Mummy Returns, the Hunger Games franchise, and 2016’s Wonder Woman, working both studio and production-side
Following a BA in Women's Studies at the University of California, Melissa pursued her passion for film and went on to study a graduate film program at New York University. She launched her career at ILM, as VFX coordinator for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, directed by Steven Spielberg. She continued to produce VFX feature films amassing credits including Alien vs Predator, Zoolander, Hellboy II, Superman: Man of Steel and The Bourne Legacy.
Melissa’s wealth of knowledge of the industry, and her experience in building long-term relationships, will complement her partnership with Framestore’s long-standing Executive Producer Joanna Nodwell, in the capacity of Joint Global Heads of Business Development, Film.
Joanna joined Framestore in 2001, heading up the TV department at a crucial time; securing new business and producing groundbreaking shows including BAFTA-winning Walking with Monsters, Ocean Odyssey, Emmy-nominated Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real and National Geographic’s Prehistoric Park. Her strengths in bidding, budgeting and collaborating directly with clients led her to the film side of VFX, her experience has allowed her to build up an unique understanding of the creative filmmaking process as a whole. Joanna’s early film credits include producing Sunshine for both DNA Films and MPC, producing on set on Attack the Block and production-side on World War Z for Paramount.
For the last four years Joanna has headed up the New Business team at Framestore; engaging in new business strategy, managing the initial client discussions, overseeing the bidding process and early stages of character development and exec-producing films including Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the upcoming Detective Pikachu for Legendary Pictures. She is also Executive Producer for Framestore’s renowned Art Department, which recently worked on the pre-production concepts artwork for the Academy Award-nominated Beauty and the Beast and Blade Runner 2049.
On her appointment, Melissa says: ‘As long as I've lived in London I've admired the work that Framestore has produced, and the people who make it all happen. This feels like a pivotal time to be joining the company, as it relocates to its stunning new facility on Chancery Lane. I look forward to being a part of the team that takes the company into this exciting phase of its development.’
Say Matt Fox and Fiona Walkinshaw, Global Joint MDs of Film, ‘We are very pleased to welcome Melissa to the New Business team in Film at Framestore. She has a great track record in managing large-scale VFX projects for well-known clients and she is joining us at an extremely exciting time as our London offices unite under one new roof.’