- NEW YORK
Comedy director Craig Melville has joined Naked City for U.S. representation and production. An Australian who has lived in New York City for the past five years, Melville remains on the roster at AIRBAG in Australia, which recently struck its own U.S. representation deal with Naked City.
Melville is known for his docu-style comedy films for both television and advertising. His work has won more than 60 awards, including multiple Cannes Lions, Australian Directors Guild awards, and the Grand Prix at both the Mumbrella Awards and Spikes Asia.
Melville has directed more than 120 TV episodes for the likes of Late Night with Seth Meyer, and Aussie comedians John Safran and The Chaser. Advertising clients include Pepsi, Expedia, Target, McDonald’s, Honda, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, and Qantas. Prior to joining Naked City, Melville was handled by Hey Presto! in the U.S. market
Melville’s narrative short film, Smithston, which was an official selection at multiple film festivals, is a tragically hilarious story of a man coping with his son’s accident and his heart wrenching, ridiculously misguided battle with the aftermath.
“While I think Craig is a uniquely skilled comedy director and writer, it’s his subtle and assured way with talent and his understated sense of wit that made me want him to join our cool group,” explained Mark Sitley, Naked City’s founder and executive producer.
Melville said, “Mark and Dave (director Schmidt) have created so many standout creative campaigns over the years, it’s great having such an experienced team behind me in the U.S.”
Naked City, which celebrated its first year in business this month, is represented on the East Coast by Minerva x Mr. Bartlett, the business development team made up of Shauna Seresin, Mary Knox, and James Bartlett. Kristina Kovacevic of KK Reps handles the Midwest.