Alexia Melochi, partners at Little Studio Films, spoke to TTV+ about the content she’s looking for in the international market.
TTVMedia, through its TTV+ platform and backed by Eccho Rights, launched the initiative Buyers: What Are Buyers Looking For? during Miptv, to find out more about international buyers’ programming needs.
The interviews were conducted through the base of over 5,000 buyers registered on TTV+, a 24/7 online marketplace where buyers can look through catalogs from thousands of companies, and in which distributors can contact them to close businesses.
This time, we present Alexia Melochi, partners at Little Studio Films.
Could you please introduce yourself and your company?
I am Alexia Melochi, I am one of the partners of Little Studio Films. It is a US company that represents international buyers. We are buyers reps for several international territories. We are based in LA and we are a multimedia company so we do it all.
What kind of content are you looking for?
Uplifting stories and human stories. We are focused a lot on either dramatic series, limited, miniseries, standalone films, that all have some sort of social message to it, or it’s family entertainment and inspirational.
What kind of ideas or stories are you looking for in order to feed your channel/platform?
Lately there has been a big need in family entertainment, purely because during the pandemic many of the people are staying home with their kids. And overall films and series that the whole family can watch.
What do formats and fictions need to have for you to show interest in them?
Now, storytelling is the most important thing in any type of content and therefore that crosses languages and borders. We have found ourselves all of a sudden becoming more interested in content that is produced in Spain, in Latin America, in France, that appeals to an audience and it has to have the power to attract social media imprints, because that’s the only way that we can really see the success of the series in today’s world.
Is there any specific title that has caught your attention during the last 12 months?
We’ve been watching a lot of documentaries, we’ve been scouting for documentaries. There’s been a few that have been in the market that we have acquired like the documentary about The Bee Gees, social experiment documentaries like The Social Experiment, which I’m sure you’ve seen. Some of those have been catching our attention as thinking outside of the box in terms of acquisitions.
Is there a title that has worked particularly well on your screen?
The traditional action, thrillers, limited series with some supernatural, the family space, the inspirational space, animation and documentaries. Those are other ones that I’ve seen trending with our clients and buyers.
How do you see the future after such a difficult 2020?
I am very excited about the future. I know we had a very difficult year all of us. But I think it pushed us to have a reset button and evolve. And as business people, as content creators, as content producers, as those that are putting out content, to be more conscious of what we are buying and what we are selling. Because ultimately people need to feel good and be inspired, and entertained. I’m actually pretty excited about what’s coming. That’s me being an optimist.