Melissa Williamson joins Saloon Media as SVP, scripted content

The former Pier 21 Films president will be tasked with leading Saloon's entry to the scripted market.
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Melissa Williamson has joined Saloon Media in the newly created role of SVP, scripted content – kickstarting the Blue Ant Studios company’s expansion into the scripted space.

Based in Toronto, the former Pier 21 Films president and The Beaverton executive producer oversees the development and production of all scripted comedy and drama series for Saloon, diversifying the production company’s slate. As well, the executive’s new role allows her to take advantage of Blue Ant Studios global resources and relationships, including its in-house working relationships with the division’s L.A.-based studio. She reports to Saloon Media managing director Michael Kot.

“We’re committed to developing a diverse scripted slate amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Melissa’s sharp creative insight and wealth of industry relationships, in both Canada and L.A., are invaluable in setting up an impressive pipeline of compelling projects,” said Kot in a statement. “Melissa’s extensive experience steering high-level scripted series from development to delivery aligns with our strategy for bringing in premium stories with top creative talent.”

Prior to joining Saloon Media, Williamson was upped to the role of president at Pier 21 Films last year. She joined the company when it was founded in 2011, serving in a number of positions such as SVP, head of development and VP of development and production. She also previously worked for eOne’s television division and Blueprint Entertainment.

“Michael and the Saloon Media team have a long-standing reputation for producing top-quality content for the world. I already see how this track record is positively influencing our burgeoning scripted slate and new partnerships,” added Williamson in a statement, noting that she’s thrilled to be leading Saloon Media’s scripted portfolio, offering creators and partners a dynamic place to develop and collaborate.