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Melissa Unger began her professional career in 1989, working for director Ralph Ziman as a production manager of his music videos in London and Los Angeles. In the early 1990ʼs she moved back to her hometown: New York City, where she held positions on the production crew of a number of feature films including: Robert De Niro’s A Bronx Tale, Robert Redford’s Quiz Show, and Martin Scorsese’s The Age Of Innocence during which she was personal assistant to actor Daniel Day-Lewis. Throughout the 90ʼs, Melissa continued her work in the film & television industry, holding posts at production companies such as Disneyʼs Jumbo Pictures and Tribeca Productions, where she spent 2 years as Robert De Niro’s personal assistant.
From 1999-2004 Melissa was Vice President of Media Outreach for The Advertising Council, Inc. | Ad Council. She was responsible for managing outreach and partnership efforts across all media (TV, radio, print, outdoor) for the Ad Council and its more than 40 public service advertising campaigns. She also represented the Ad Council at a number of trade shows and conferences.
In 2004, Melissa moved to Paris. She was appointed Manager of the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, one of Parisʼ leading contemporary art galleries. She was responsible for staff management, exhibition preparation and special events. During her time at Ropac she had the opportunity to collaborate on events and exhibitions for numerous prominent artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Antony Gormley, Tom Sachs, Sylvie Fleury, Jean-Marc Bustamante and Sturtevant.
In late 2007 Melissa left the Thaddaeus Ropac gallery to become a freelance writer and consultant for arts-related organizations and creative brands such as: Galerie Impaire, Creative Growth Art Center, artnet, Savannah College of Art & Design, Galerie Christian Berst, Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld & PC Valmorbida, Le Citizen Hotel.
During her time at artnet Melissa also conducted one on one video interviews with numerous international art world luminaries including: Robert Longo, Tony Cragg, Gabriel Orozco, Jules de Balincourt, Liza Lou, Anish Kapoor, Not Vital and Alex Katz.
Melissa was also a founding member of HELLO, MY NAME IS BILL, an underground special events collective responsible for creating a flurry of wild Parisian parties in 2008.
In January 2011, she founded Seymour Projects.
Her first novel GAG was published by Roundfire Books in July 2014.