Melina works with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Solange and Pharrell. In 2011, Melina lent her talents as Creative Director on Beyoncé’s album 4, overseeing all creative elements of the project including tour aesthetics, music videos, album packaging, editorials, advertising and even a perfume launch. Before long, the clamor for Melina’s signature visual style expanded to globally recognized brands in which she lent her unique directing talents to campaigns for commercial clients such as Nike, Stella McCartney, Adidas, Coca- Cola, Diesel, Lexus, Target and Absolut among others. With a trajectory powered by her prolific body of work, it was only a matter of time for the director to make her foray into the narrative space. In her debut role as Executive Producer/Director, Melina recently directed the HBO series Insecure: her first scripted television show, created by and starring Issa Rae.
Melina’s work has captivated audiences worldwide with over a billion cumulative views on YouTube, and the accolades have followed. She was the first solo female director to win MTV’s Best Video Award for Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” earning her a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video. Melina was also the first director
to win a Grand Prix at the Inaugural Cannes Lions for Entertainment Music Awards for her video for Beyoncé’s “Formation,” which features a black power message and Katrina-inspired visuals. The music video went on to sweep the VMAs by winning in all six categories for which it was nominated, including Video of the Year. It also took home a 2016 Gold CLIO Music award.
Melina is an alumnus of New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, with graduate studies completed at the American Film Institute. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Cinematography.