Melissa Jo Peltier


Professional Experience

Ms. Peltier is a five-time New York Times best-selling author and a multi-award-winning writer/director/producer of television and film fiction and non-fiction. She specializes in solidly structured storytelling, persuasive and powerful documentaries, and instinctually recognizing a winning property (she and her partners discovered the script for MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, and discovered and developed the unique talents of Cesar Millan, TV's "Dog Whisperer".) As a director, she's helmed just about every type of non-fiction film there is, and her dramatic specialties include being a "hyphenate" (director-writer-producer-editor), working with children, and the unique ability to get convincing performances out of non-actors. Recently she produced the indie film, WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, with husband, John Gray. Her novel about the dark side of reality television has just been picked up by Apostrophe Books.


17 Years
Producer (television)
20 Years
Other, Specify
10 Years


Arts & Humanities
20 Years
15 Years
Other, Specify
20 Years


Broadcasting - Ent - TV (National)
20 Years
Independent Feature Film
15 Years
Book Publishing Trade/B2B
7 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

20 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Lifetime Network (3-5), Written By Magazine (3-5), Simon and Schuster Books (1-2), A&E, History Channel (10+), Crown-Harmony Books (6-10), Court TV (1-2), HBO Films/Gold Circle Films (1-2), Hearst Entertainment (1-2), Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Travel Channel (6-10), VH1 (1-2), Ovington Avenue Productions (1-2), Paramount Syndication (1-2), Perseus Books/Capo Press (1-2), National Geographic Channel (6-10), Touchstone Television/CBS (3-5), Sci-Fi Channel (3-5), CBS (3-5), Churchill Educational Films (3-5)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Perseus Books (1-2), Crown Harmony/Random House (3-5), Simon and Schuster Publications (1-2)

Other Work History

*Principal in NY Independent Film Co. Ovington Avenue Productions *Co-founder & co-owner of 16-year old entertainment/media/production company MPH Entertainment, Inc. Former Vice President, Cesar Millan Inc. Former Vice President, Abundanzia Marketing Inc. 10-years offline editing experience

Technical Skills

Video editing - Final Cut Pro X, some Avid; Photo editing - some Adobe photo shop

Foreign Language Skills

French & Italian (basic conversational)


WGA, DGA, Producer's Guild, Author's Guild

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, Movie Magic Budgeting, Final Draft, Movie Magic Screenwriter, Power Structure, some Adobe Photoshop


Mac OS systems, Windows XP; HD Video equipment, AVID editing systems, FINALCUT PRO editing systems, digital cameras, mini digital video and audio equipment

Work Permits & Visas

Australian work permit; EU work permit & Irish passport pending


On request


5 books on NYT Bestseller's list; 2 Emmy's, 8 more Emmy nominations, Humanitas, Peabody, Women in Film Lilian Gish, 4 Writer's Guild of America nominations, several NY Film Festival Awards, 3 Christopher Awards, several Cine Golden Eagles, 2 Apple, ACE nomination for documentary editing, among others


Director's Guild of America Writer's Guild of America Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, International Documentary Association

Work Samples

Corporate Website Link

(Ovington Avenue Productions 9/1/2010)
Official website for film I produced, WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Film Columbia Film Festival, the Torino, Italia Film Festival; and winner of the Audience Award at the Woodstock Film Festival. Also nominated for the Independent Feature Project Gotham Awards first annual "Genius Award" for audience-pleasing film.
(MPH Entertainment Inc 5/3/2005)
Website with credits and bios for MPH Entertainment, Inc., the Burbank CA TV/Film production company co-founded and co-owned by Peltier.
(International Movie Database 9/20/2012)
International Movie Database credit list
(Cesar Millan Inc. 5/3/2016)
Company created by MPH/Emery Sumner and Cesar and Ilusion Millan to further his mission of creating balance and harmony between dogs and humans.


(CBS Television 4/27/2007)
Story credit for Ghost Whisperer episode introducing a new primary character; "Gabriel", another Ghost Whisperer with a dark side and a secret connection to Melinda.
(Hearst Entertainment/Lifetime Television 4/1/2004)
2004 Hearst Entertainment/Lifetime Television original screenplay, NIGHTWAVES. Credited as screenwriter and shared credit for original story. Genre: Thriller
(CBS TV 5/1/1993)
Jane Seymour hosts this Peabody-Award-winning program in which child abuse is explained in a way young children can understand. Four kids talk candidly about their abuse and their abusers as they describe how adults use fear, manipulation, and neglect to hurt children. Credited as writer/director.
(Historic multi-network broadcast 4/9/1992)
Humanitas-award winning documentary airing simultaneously on NBC, CBS and PBS and two nights later on ABC (the most-watched documentary of the '90's). Oprah Winfrey hosted this painfully intimate look at the cycle of child abuse and how to break it. Credited as writer/director.
(A&E Television 7/24/1994)
IMDB says: "Even after a decade this is still the best 'documentary' on the disaster. " Credited as Producer/Writer/Director of this 4-hour opus that was at the time the highest-rated program ever to air on A&E. Still a major-seller for them today. Two Emmy's garnered for this program.
(A&E Television 12/1/1996)
4-Hour history of Las Vegas; nominated for a Writer's Guild of America Award. Credited as executive producer (shared), directed (shared), writer (shared)


(Written By Magazine 9/1/2001)
Featured article for Written By Magazine (co-written with MPH partner Jim Milio) about the strange chain of events leading up to the discovery of the world's second largest dinosaur.
(Written By Magazine 5/3/2016)
Short article for writer's of non-fiction film on finding your voice.
(Written By Magazine 12/1/2008)
Article about the inside world of Reality TV writing, with my colleague Jim Milio

Book excerpts

(De Capo Press/Perseus Books 5/1/2011)
Co-writer for three female OB/GYNs who are mommys and docs (stars of Discovery Health and OWN's "Deliver Me" TV series), on a definitive and highly readable guide for those who are pregnant and want to be. Reviewed by other medical practitioners as far superior to "What to Expect"; and more enjoyable read, too...filled with human stories from the Mommy Doc's experiences delivering babies.
(Crown-Harmony Publications (Random House) 10/6/2009)
Cesar Millan and Melissa Jo Peltier's latest book follows four puppies through birth up to adolescence, and illustrates that raising a dog the right way can prevent unwanted issues from ever developing. A must have for anyone adopting a puppy or young dog.


(Crown-Harmony 4/4/2006)
International Best-Seller; sold over 1 million copies in under 1 year; 46 weeks on NY Times Bestseller's list.
(Crown/Harmony 10/2/2007)
Follow-up to international best-seller Cesar's Way, going more in-depth into Cesar Millan's methods, and looking at the relationships between humans and dogs.
(Crown-Harmony Publications (Random House) 10/15/2010)
Cesar Millan and a host of other prominent training share the basics of dog behavior.
(Crown-Harmony Publications (Random House) 10/15/2009)
Cesar Millan's fourth book and another NYT bestseller
(Simon & Schuster Publishing 4/1/2008)
with Jim Milio