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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 »
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Film distribution is changing rapidly, isn't it? There are so many variables in today's international distribution landscape. Pre-sales are nearly non existent. Do you split domestic and foreign? How do you consider co-productions against distribution rights? Are festival laurels enough? How do you know if you're getting the right deal for your film? We've brought in Alexia Melocchi who has experience of more than twenty years in the industry, as both a sales agent and buyer’s representative for international distributors. Alexia has gained both valuable and diverse exposure to a variety of films and functions in the entertainment industry. The films she has acquired on behalf of her distributor clients have grossed over $900 Million USD in box office in 2017/2018. She has directly sold over 25 movies to international and US distributors, making 3x their budget for herself and her producing partners. She attends all major film and television markets and is launching her own digital US distribution platform, NETV, in 2018. Alexia will go over a fresh new perspective on this ever-changing, complicated distribution landscape as someone who is in the trenches and has been both a buyer and seller of movies from microbudgets to major Hollywood franchises.
As the Vice President of Three Point Capital, Viviana Zarragoitia is one of the most prolific financiers who routinely lend on tax incentives, both domestically and internationally, on independent films. She is aware of the rules and regulations of tax incentives in many jurisdictions, and have spoken on numerous panels about tax credits. In this webinar she will cover working with transferable vs. non-transferable credits, give an overview of the states and countries that are most popular right now, the reasons why and the incentives that each of them offers. Viviana will also go through the general steps that are required to take advantage of tax incentives from beginning to end, as well as the requirements to qualify for tax incentives. She will highlight the importance of working with CPAs, the roles of production accountants and line producers, as well as how all departments in a production are affected. She will also use 2 states as case studies for how to go through the process of applying for and receiving a tax incentive. You will walk away gaining a deeper understanding of the details involved with tax credits; how to take advantage of them, how to monetize them and how to follow the guidelines to ensure they are in compliance with the rules.
Learn directly from Heather Hale, an NBC Universal-approved independent film and television producer, director and screenwriter with over 50 hours of award winning television and feature films! Actors are the essential spark to any film or television production. But before you can NAIL that audition or BOOK that role, you have to find out about the opportunities and prepare to make your own luck. Working Film and TV Director/Producer, Heather Hale uses in-the-trenches humor, candor and real world examples to illuminate the many ways of making your acting dreams come true. Don’t sit around and wait to be discovered – produce your own career! Discover an empowered approach to networking to help you get on the right people’s radars, get noticed, gain momentum - and get those gigs. Learn time-proven techniques and new resources to proactively brainstorm where the opportunities of the moment – and future - might be, who’s doing the auditions – and trace any connections you might have to the decision makers or key players to get in the right rooms – the right way – and ready to give it your all. Learn how to identify, research and prioritize a finely honed hit list of Casting Directors, Directors, Producers, Agents and Managers who are in a position to cast. Figure out how to track them down, strategize the best approaches to communicate with them and how to develop the kind of track record, headshot, resume, website and auditioning skills they’ll most likely respond to.
Learn directly from award winning non-fiction producer of 8 films, Jim Young, President of Animus Films: Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), The Words (Bradley Cooper), Life of a King (Cuba Gooding Jr.) - Exclusive for Stage 32 members! With all the recent success for true story dramas including 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, and Dallas Buyer's Club (among many others), it’s an exciting time in the marketplace for non-fiction. If you have found a story that truly inspires you and know it will make a great film, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start to make that happen. The easy part is finding the right story, the hard part is knowing what to do with it. Whether it’s a book, a newspaper or magazine article, a documentary, or even if it’s a story of someone you’ve met or are related to - If you want to learn how to take the kernel of an idea or acquire existing material and develop it into a feature length film, this is the webinar you need taught by one of the most experienced independent producers on the subject. Stage 32 Next Level Webinars is thrilled to bring you Developing a True Story Into a Film (Acquiring / Developing / Writing / Producing / Distributing), hosted by award-winning Producer Jim Young of Animus Films (Lovelace, The Words, Life of a King). Jim is a leading independent non-fiction producer, with 8 films under his belt. We are honored he is bringing his knowledge exclusively to the Stage 32 community. In Developing a True Story Into a Film, Jim will take you through the steps of acquiring the rights to a particular article, book or other printed material about, or the life rights of, a given person (or persons). From there he will cover writing and developing the script, getting buttoned up legally to avoiding pitfalls in the pre-production and production phases, and navigating the process of releasing and distributing the film. He will provide real life case studies using some of his own films as examples to help you gain real world experience and make the process painless.
Learn directly from Terra “TMo” Patterson, Indie Costume Professional, who has honed her skills on various productions, TV series, short films, features, and live events such as Homeland and South of Hell (with creator of Dexter, James Manos, Jr)! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Terra Patterson will discuss how costume serves the story and how to costume your cast. This webinar will give you a better understanding of how you can use costume to enhance your characters and what to do in the pre-production, production and post production phases for the costuming process. Special perks you will leave this webinar with: A Costume Pre-production, Production and Post Production Duty Chart Costume Kit Shopping List Costume Set Bag Shopping List Costume Paperwork Templates Costume Department “ Life Hacks” Money and Time saving tips And more! Terra Patterson has worked as as a Costume Designer, Costume Assistant, Costumer and Costume PA, recent credits include Homeland, the acclaimed Showtime Series; Lincoln's Last Day, a Smithsonian Documentary; South of Hell with creator of Dexter, James Manos, Jr; and Parallel Chords, the acclaimed short film starring Bjorn Johnson. She has also dressed some well known and beloved actors, such as Salli Richardson Whitfield, Barry Corbin, Loretta Devine, Lynn Whitfield and Victoria Rowell.
Have you ever been to these industry events? Film: The Cannes Film Market, The American Film Market, The European Film Market TV: MIPCOM, NATPE, Real Screen What do you really know about these events? Do you know how projects really get bought, sold and funded? Do you know how to work these markets? Strategically? Do you know how to best position and pitch your projects to the industry - to move your career forward? This Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, How to Work the Film & TV Markets is taught by former IFTA liaison for the American Film Market, Heather Hale. In this jam-packed webinar Heather takes independent filmmakers, television and digital content creators on an online tour of the circulatory system of the global media landscape. She is breaking down the entertainment industry’s trade show circuit – where content is bought and sold around the world, year after year. Heather demystifies these markets, makes them less intimidating, less confusing and less overwhelming. She shows you how to strategize and navigate these events, making them far more accessible, productive – and fun! She contextualizes her state-of-the-art, from-the-trenches insights into immediately implementable practical advice if you’re hitting the markets, and even if you're not. This webinar highlights the most significant annual entertainment industry events around the world, dossiers all the players you will run into. You will learn how to best work with them before, during and after the market. She reveals the elements that establish the market value and predict profitability of entertainment properties – and how you can raise the bar for your own projects to be more successful. You will walk away knowing how to make the most of your investments of finite funds, time and creative energy attending markets. Take the step to optimize your odds for success in this mainstream, business-to-business market ecosystem!