Melody Ruiz Producer, Development Executive

Accomplished factual TV producer now working in scripted. Experienced in development. Strong editorial judgement, skilled in developing characters and crafting narrative. Ability to write eloquent, engaging, aesthetically pleasing pitch documents. Collaborative, communicative and nurturing towards writers and team members. Attention to detail, adaptability, organisational and troubleshooting skills, having prepped, scheduled and run shoots internationally. Experience managing challenging personalities and sensitive situations, and solid knowledge of legal and compliance, after over a decade making documentaries. Currently developing her own drama slate and trained in Final Draft.

• Named as one of Edinburgh TV Festival's Ones To Watch 2020-21
• Selected for ScreenSkills’ Make a Move scheme 2021
• Selected for DV Talent’s Crossroads mentoring scheme and producer masterclasses 2021-22
• Writing for Musicals with Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Course) 2022

EASTENDERS

Assistant to Executive Producer

(Maternity Cover)

BBC Studios
BBC One

Executive Producer: Chris Clenshaw
Company Manager: Carolyn Weinstein

Diary management, awards submissions, first point of contact for cast and crew. Shadowed meetings between Development Producer, Script Editors and new writers.

BAD SISTERS

Season I
Assistant Producer
10x60'

Merman
Apple TV+

Exec Producer: Faye Dorn
Exec Producer: Clelia Mountford
Series Producer: Johann Knobel
Block Producer: Susan Breen
Director: Rebecca Gatward
Director: Josephine Bornebush

Oversaw clearances; oversaw and liaised with intimacy coordinators, child psychologist, Apple publicist and photographer; assisted with communication between departments and team welfare. Produced on studio floor, in prep and post; worked with director and HoDs; suggested cuts from scripts; utilised script reports and scene status documents to forward plan/schedule; cast budgets and contracts; H&S considerations. Present at high-level meetings with execs, directors and production company regarding: Scheduling, stunts, edit notes, filming logistics, evolving COVID protocols, and sensitivities e.g. staff performance.

ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

Writers’ Room Shadowing

Season V

Playground Television
Channel 5

Executive Producer: Aaron Anderson
Head of Production: Noëlette Buckley

Shadowing Exec Producer to develop understanding of the producer’s role in script and story development

HETV Series

Development Producer

Working with a new and exciting writer, Sean Muir, to develop his original sci-fi, comedy idea for HETV.

Comedy Drama Series

Development Producer

Developing an original sitcom/comedy drama with attached writer, Josh Merritt.

SATISFACTION GUARANTEED

Producer (Development and Crowdfunding)

Short Film

Succulent Films

Director: David Buchanan

THE INTERVIEW

Producer

Short Film

Mystery Pictures

Director: Julian Ruiz

CPL PRODUCTIONS

Development Producer

Developing high profile projects for the major broadcasters and streamers.

Creative Director: Murray Boland
Exec Producer: Dermot Caulfield
Head of Development: Deborah O’Connor

GRAMAFILM

Development Producer

Developing a project for Disney+

Director of Development: Eddie Evelyn-Hall
Development Exec: Jamie Cowell

WAG ENTERTAINMENT

Development Producer

Commissioned: The Real Fatal Attraction, ITVX

Creative Director: Bridget Boseley
Head of Development: Ben Gordon

BETTY, ALL3MEDIA

Development Producer

Developing for UK, US and streamers

CCO: Alex Menzies
Head of Development: Sean O’Riordan

FILTHY HOUSE SOS

Producer
6x60'

Gobstopper Television
Channel 5

Exec Producer: Ross McCarthy
Director: Tam McNab

POLAR MEDIA

Senior Producer

Company Founder: Joe Kane

Established factual TV department. Built slate from scratch; led weekly brainstorming sessions; conceived, wrote up and pitched new programme ideas; established relationships with commissioners across major broadcasters; liaised with talent and agents.

UNIFROG

Producer

Online Subject Library

Creative Director: Alex Kelly

THE SECRET HELPERS

Producer
5x60'

BBC Studios
BBC Two

Producer: Chloe Court
Director: Chris Taylor

BRAINWASHING STACEY: LIVING WITH BIG GAME HUNTERS & ANTI-ABORTION CAMP

Producer

BBC Studios
BBC Three

Exec Producer: Sam Bickley
Exec Producer: Joe Ward
Director: David McConnell

Across two hour-long docs simultaneously. Found stories, cast characters, obtained access, scheduled and set up shoots in America and South Africa. Main point of contact with all contributors, Exec Producer and Series Producer.

EXTRAORDINARY PREGNANCIES

Assistant Producer

Curve Media
Discovery

Director: Adriana Bevir
Producer: Deirdre Dowling

THE REAL MARIGOLD HOTEL

Season I

Assistant Producer

Two Four Television
BBC One

Director: Tom Currie
Series Producer: David Vallance

3×60′ Researched/developed all content, obtained access and cast characters alongside Series Producer, regularly meeting commissioner to ensure brief was met as concept evolved.

FAMILY FINDERS

Assistant Producer

Ricochet
BBC One

Director: Ben Borland
Series Producer: Sandy Watson

ULTIMATE AIRPORT DUBAI

Season III

Assistant Producer
10x60'

National Geographic

Producer: Tom Thompson
Director: Peter Gauvain
Director: David McConnell

MY BIG FAT AMERICAN GYPSY WEDDING

Assistant Producer

Firecracker
TLC

Director: Ben Bhatia
Series Producer: Federico Ruiz

DINNER DATE

Assistant Producer

Hat Trick
ITV

Producer: Josh Feather

THE SECRET LIFE OF FOUR YEAR OLDS

Assistant Producer
Pilot Episode

RDF
Channel 4

Director: Harjeet Chhokar
Series Producer: Nicola Brown

100 YEAR OLD DRIVERS

Assistant Producer

RDF
ITV

Producer: Karen Spearing
Director: Maia Liddell

SNOW, SEX & SUSPICIOUS PARENTS

Assistant Producer

RDF
ITV

Director: Charlotte Dawes
Series Producer: Denise Seneviratne

CURRENT AFFAIRS DEVELOPMENT

Assistant Producer

BBC One

Director: Charlotte Dawes
Series Producer: Denise Seneviratne

STACEY DOOLEY: KIDS IN THE CROSSFIRE

Season II

Assistant Producer
Episodes 1 & 3

BBC Studios
BBC One

Director: Laura Martin-Robinson
Director: Damian O'Mahony
Series Producer: David Vallance

STACEY DOOLEY: GIVING UP MY BABY

Assistant Producer

BBC Studios
BBC Three

Exec Producer: Sam Bickley
Exec Producer: Joe Ward
Director: Laura Martin-Robinson