In just a few short years, Melina Matsoukas has made an indelible impact on the entertainment industry with her unique aesthetic and skillful ability to craft high-polish projects with distinct point-of-views. As the first female director to win MTV’s prestigious Best Video Award for Rihanna’s “We Found Love” – a music video that also earned her a Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video – Melina’s work continues to captivate audiences worldwide. With over a billion cumulative views on YouTube and numerous critical acclaim, she has established herself in a league truly of her own.
Melina’s work as Executive Producer and Director of Issa Rae’s breakout HBO series, Insecure, marks her first foray into scripted television. Between directorial stints with Insecure, Melina also became involved with Netflix’s Aziz Ansari- featured series Master of None. The director brought her nuanced point of view to several season two episodes, including the Emmy Award-winning “Thanksgiving” installment- a humorous, sensitive, and understated portrayal of black queerness/ LGBTQIA relationships.
In 2017, Melina conceptualized and directed an ad for Wieden+Kennedy’s “Equality” campaign, which launched in tandem with Black History Month. The ad went on to win a Graphite pencil at the 2017 D&AD Awards and a Bronze Film Craft Lion at the 2017 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Melina served as Creative Director for pop icon, Beyoncé’s, surprise 2016 album, Lemonade, directing the groundbreaking “Formation” music video. Inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the video led Matsoukas to become the first director to win a music Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions. Beyond that, it won six MTV VMA awards, including Video of the Year, as well as the award for Best Music Video at the 2017 Grammys.
Melina is currently developing new film and television projects, and recently announced she would be spearheading an adaptation of Marlon James’ seminal novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings for Amazon Studios.