A New York City native who spent her high school years in L.A., Melissa Silverman is a visual thinker whose work shows her unique perspective; a perfect blend of real life, comedy and quirk. From studying the unique characters of her downtown neighborhood to exploring remote Icelandic locales (think population of two and some puffin), she’s sparked by endless sources of creative inspiration and humor. This eclectic swirl of influences shows clearly in her work.
Melissa got her start directing in the pop culture emporium that is MTV On-Air Promos where she conceptualized, wrote and directed many award-winning campaigns, including the VMAs and worked with Madonna, Conan O’Brien, Donald Trump, and the Foo Fighters among others. Her ability to bring natural and sincere performances out of celebrities – in addition to actors, stand up comedians and improvisers – paved the way to Silverman becoming a commercial director.
Melissa combines a few unique talents from being a great visual storyteller who knows how to create truly subtle situational comedy to writing some of her own work. Directing actors, crafting graphic imagery and simply bringing something unique to the screen is what she loves to do.
Her commercial campaigns include Starz/Directv, McDonalds, Universal, Cooking Channel, BET, Motorola, and Tuborg Beer while a recent Emmy nomination for Nickelodeon add to other awards from the Art Director’s Club, British D&AD, RESfest, BDAs, and Tellys.
Melissa’s very recent long-format work includes the 30-minute scripted comedy “All Over It” that she co-created and co-directed with fellow MTV Alumni Ted Pauly.
Melissa is bicoastal splitting her time between LA and NYC.