A World of Opportunities - Navigating the International Film & TV Marketplace to Further Your Projects and Career

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Producer at Little Studio Films

Alexia Melocchi is an accomplished entertainment industry professional with a long proven track record of success within both the domestic and international arenas. A vital contributor to the LITTLE STUDIO FILMS brand, Alexia Melocchi ‘s expertise and footing in the Entertainment Industry began in the international marketplace, as both a sales agent and buyer’s representative for eleven territories, giving her diverse exposure to all types of films and functions in the entertainment industry. As a consultant she currently uses her professional relationships and expertise by providing screenplay development, packaging films, securing co- productions and arranging for US and International Distribution for her clients. A regular participant at most Major Film and Television markets as well as Festivals around the world, Alexia Melocchi still pursues international acquisitions and uses a global film marketing approach for the Projects of her Clients as well as the films she has and is producing under the Little Studio Films banner. During her tenure as a Sales Agent she sold more than 50 movies to profit on behalf of her producer clients, and acquired more than 100 major Studio and Independent films on behalf of the Distributors she has ongoing relationships with in Italy, Greece, Latin America, Spain, France, Germany, Japan and Scandinavia. She is currently handling some territorial sales for “UNSTAGED”, the Duran Duran live concert film directed by David Lynch, the Italian American film “American Fango” directed by Gabriele Altobelli and the Australian feature “Bathing Frankie” directed by Owen Elliott. Alexia Melocchi has several corporate clients and has produced in the recent years features, shorts and documentaries including STEALING ROSES, starring John Heard, Bruce Davison, Cindy Williams and Josie Davis,the Puerto Rico feature “RIDING 79” directed by Carola Hawk, starring Lorenzo Henrie, the Festival favorite Italian film “THE RULE OF LEAD” directed by Giacomo Arrigoni, and the Canadian inspirational documentary “RETURN TO HAPPINESS”. Through LITTLE STUDIO FILMS, she is currently attached in a producer capacity to several feature projects including “CAMELOT’S COUSIN” starring Blair Underwood, based on the best selling novel by David R. Stokes, “THE BALL PLAYER” aka “Joe you Coulda Made us Proud” , a biopic of NY Yankees Pro Baseball Star Joe Pepitone, the action adventure “GALLEON” , in partnership with Marty Katz Productions to be directed by Justin Dix, “CITIZEN:HACKED” a documentary from Axis Media Productions in Romania, “MOTEL PARADISE” a film version of the short by Latin writer/director Alex Clavijo, the inspirational “NIGHT OF THE BLUEBIRD” to be directed by Australian Kyle Portbury and the franchise horror “HALLOWEED” from Italian directors Marco Ristori and Luca Boni. In the Television arena she has been producing sizzle reels for several Reality projects and is preparing a slate of MOWs and Mini Series including the MAKING OF MARIA, on the early days of Opera Singer Maria Callas, in partnership with acclaimed film director Olga Malea. Alexia Melocchi is fluent in French, Greek, Italian and Spanish and is also an Advisory Board Member of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival . She is frequently invited as an expert Panelist on the Global Entertainment Industry, most recently at SEE FEST, the LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL, and the NORTH HOLLYWOOD CINEFEST. Melocchi is also a Council Member for the Gerson Lehrman Group in New York and a Screenwriting Mentor for the Film Connection School. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Let's get one thing out of the way immediately:  It's not just Hollywood anymore.  Actually, let's take it one step further, it's not just the United States either. If you're a filmmaker, screenwriter or producer seeking to sell and/or distribute your content, looking to work on a consistent basis and, hopeful in building a long lasting career in the industry, you must be paying attention to what's happening around the world. The international entertainment industry now contributes to over 70% of the theatrical releases and box office receipts across the globe. And many estimate that number will grow over the coming years. But it's not just film that has seen this global expansion, television and digital content has exploded outside of the U.S. as well. Not to mention, many of the streaming platforms are now looking for film, television and other short form content that will play with a U.S. audience, but will be especially popular in specific regions overseas. So where do you begin to look where others aren't, expand your prospects and give yourself a competitive advantage? Well, right here, of course!
 
For many, navigating the international market presents a black hole. Where can one find producers, financiers, representatives and development execs who serve these markets? How do you know what the trends are and how you may best serve them? How do you know the mandates of streamers, distributors and sales agents? Do you have a story already in hand that can be tweaked to serve an international audience? You may be surprised.
 
We could fill 20 paragraphs with what Alexia Melocchi has achieved in her 25 year career in the entertainment business. Alexia is an accomplished entertainment industry professional with a long proven track record of success within both the domestic and international arenas. A vital contributor to the LITTLE STUDIO FILMS brand, Alexia Melocchi's expertise and footing in the entertainment industry began in the international marketplace, as both a sales agent and buyer’s representative for eleven territories, giving her diverse exposure to all types of films and functions in the entertainment industry. As a consultant she currently uses her professional relationships and expertise by providing screenplay development, packaging films, securing co- productions and arranging for US and international distribution for her clients. A regular participant at most major film and television markets as well as festivals around the world, Alexia Melocchi still pursues international acquisitions and uses a global film marketing approach for the projects of her clients as well as the films she has and is producing under the Little Studio Films banner. During her tenure as a sales agent she sold more than 50 movies to profit on behalf of her producer clients, and acquired more than 100 major studio and independent films on behalf of the Distributors she has ongoing relationships with in Italy, Greece, Latin America, Spain, France, Germany, Japan and Scandinavia. She recently handled territorial sales for Unstaged, the Duran Duran live concert film directed by David Lynch, the Italian American film American Fango directed by Gabriele Altobelli and the Australian feature Bathing Frankie directed by Owen Elliott.
 
Alexia will teach you everything you need to know about the international marketplace and how to use your English speaking talents to get paid as a director, writer or author by international companies. She will give you an overview of the global film business including trends and how to tell global stories for a global audience. She will take away the fear and anxiety and the time suck of figuring out how to find, meet and engage international producers and financiers. She will explain the film markets and explain which ones to attend and which to skip. She will teach you the proper cultural etiquette when dealing with international decision makers. Of monumental importance, she will show you how to pitch yourself and your projects to the international marketplace and how your pitch may differ from U.S. targets.
 
Plus, you will get a handout of resources and links for foreign resources Alexia goes over in her webinar!
 
 
This is a comprehensive look at the international market and how to navigate the landscape toward opening up the world for new possibilities as a filmmaker, screenwriter, author or producer.
 
 
 
Praise for Alexia
 

"Great information. She covered a lot of ground and it was one of the most informative Stage 32 webinars I've attended. Thank you!!"

- Debbi M.

 

"Concise and to the point, great information on international markets, I will apply this knowledge to my debut film's development."

- Francisco C.

 

"Great advice. She really demystified a lot of what's involved. Thank you Alexia!"

- S.J.

 

"A lot of great info, but also a new way of thinking, a fresh perspective to help advance my career! Thank you!"

- John E.

 

"Great energy and to the point info. Loved it."

- Sebastian T.

What You'll Learn

  • The Film Business as a Global Business
    • How to Identify Trends of Films That Are International Successes
    • How to Identify Global Stories for a Global Audience
  • Many Top Producers & Media Companies are Foreign
    • Where Do You Find Them?
    • How Do You Access Them?
  • Attending Film Markets Overseas
    • Is It Important to Attend?
    • What Should Your Objectives Be?
    • How Can You Make the Best Use of Your Time at a Foreign Market
  • How to Meet International Producers and Financiers?
    • How to Know The Amount of Capital a Producer or Financiers Has
    • Special Handout - Resources and Links
  • How to Pitch Yourself To Get an International Production Company’s Interest In Your Film
    • Tips That Stand Out For Your Pitch
    • How to Research
  • Cultural Etiquette
    • How Do You Get International Producers to Notice Your Work?
    • What Materials Do You Need
    • The Importance of Storytelling
  • How to Get Paid for Your Talent and Mastery of the English Language
    • There is a Foreign Demand for English
    • Script Opportunities
  • Navigating the Work Ethic of the International Marketplace
    • There are Differences in Hustle
    • How to Handle Slow to No Response Patterns
  • List of Some of the Highest Grossing Foreign Films in America
  • Q&A with Alexia

About Your Instructor

Alexia Melocchi is an accomplished entertainment industry professional with a long proven track record of success within both the domestic and international arenas. A vital contributor to the LITTLE STUDIO FILMS brand, Alexia Melocchi ‘s expertise and footing in the Entertainment Industry began in the international marketplace, as both a sales agent and buyer’s representative for eleven territories, giving her diverse exposure to all types of films and functions in the entertainment industry. As a consultant she currently uses her professional relationships and expertise by providing screenplay development, packaging films, securing co- productions and arranging for US and International Distribution for her clients. A regular participant at most Major Film and Television markets as well as Festivals around the world, Alexia Melocchi still pursues international acquisitions and uses a global film marketing approach for the Projects of her Clients as well as the films she has and is producing under the Little Studio Films banner. During her tenure as a Sales Agent she sold more than 50 movies to profit on behalf of her producer clients, and acquired more than 100 major Studio and Independent films on behalf of the Distributors she has ongoing relationships with in Italy, Greece, Latin America, Spain, France, Germany, Japan and Scandinavia. She is currently handling some territorial sales for “UNSTAGED”, the Duran Duran live concert film directed by David Lynch, the Italian American film “American Fango” directed by Gabriele Altobelli and the Australian feature “Bathing Frankie” directed by Owen Elliott.

Alexia Melocchi has several corporate clients and has produced in the recent years features, shorts and documentaries including STEALING ROSES, starring John Heard, Bruce Davison, Cindy Williams and Josie Davis,the Puerto Rico feature “RIDING 79” directed by Carola Hawk, starring Lorenzo Henrie, the Festival favorite Italian film “THE RULE OF LEAD” directed by Giacomo Arrigoni, and the Canadian inspirational documentary “RETURN TO HAPPINESS”.


Through LITTLE STUDIO FILMS, she is currently attached in a producer capacity to several feature projects including “CAMELOT’S COUSIN” starring Blair Underwood, based on the best selling novel by David R. Stokes, “THE BALL PLAYER” aka “Joe you Coulda Made us Proud” , a biopic of NY Yankees Pro Baseball Star Joe Pepitone, the action adventure “GALLEON” , in partnership with Marty Katz Productions to be directed by Justin Dix, “CITIZEN:HACKED” a documentary from Axis Media Productions in Romania, “MOTEL PARADISE” a film version of the short by Latin writer/director Alex Clavijo, the inspirational “NIGHT OF THE BLUEBIRD” to be directed by Australian Kyle Portbury and the franchise horror “HALLOWEED” from Italian directors Marco Ristori and Luca Boni. In the Television arena she has been producing sizzle reels for several Reality projects and is preparing a slate of MOWs and Mini Series including the MAKING OF MARIA, on the early days of Opera Singer Maria Callas, in partnership with acclaimed film director Olga Malea.

Alexia Melocchi is fluent in French, Greek, Italian and Spanish and is also an Advisory Board Member of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival . She is frequently invited as an expert Panelist on the Global Entertainment Industry, most recently at SEE FEST, the LOS ANGELES GREEK FILM FESTIVAL, and the NORTH HOLLYWOOD CINEFEST. Melocchi is also a Council Member for the Gerson Lehrman Group in New York and a Screenwriting Mentor for the Film Connection School.

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