Senior Vice President, Production Finance, NBCUniversal
Melissa has spent her career leading the digital transformation of the entertainment industry. In diverse environments from start-up to legacy, she has been engaged by media companies when they are at an inflection point and in need of an impactful leader to effect thoughtful change.
Melissa is currently Senior Vice President, Production Finance for NBCUniversal’s television studios where she manages an over $3B content investment across scripted and unscripted programming. Over the last four years, she created a more nimble structure with innovative systems to support the growth and complexity of the production slate.
Prior to this, Melissa was Vice President, Finance at BET Networks, leading teams in New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta for nine years, from 2006–15. She successfully built the infrastructure to enable BET’s foray into scripted programming and also led the greenlight process with key stakeholders, synthesizing divergent viewpoints.
Melissa was CFO of Bombo Sports & Entertainment, a production company specializing in sports programming, from 2003–06. In that role she secured funding and negotiated distribution deals for Bombo’s releases. Melissa was responsible for Bombo’s financial and operational management and reporting to its partners and investors in the US and UK.
In 2000, Melissa joined Oxygen Media prior to its launch to create the production finance department. In a dynamic start-up environment, she implemented policies, procedures and reporting as Vice President of Finance during her three year tenure.
Melissa is active in her community. In 2019, she was an LA Women of Influence Honoree. She is on the Board of the Hollywood Food Coalition acting as Treasurer and Executive Committee member, and Co-Chair of the LA Chapter of the Comcast NBCUniversal TECHWomen organization. She is also a member of Advancing Women Executives (AWE), Women in Cable Television (WICT), Media Financial Management Association (MFM) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Melissa is an alumna of New York University’s Stern School of Business where she earned an MBA in Finance and a BS in Marketing and International Business with an Art History minor.