Lana Melman is the CEO of Liberate Art Inc., a leading expert and commentator on the cultural boycott effort against Israel, a Hollywood liaison, and a professional speaker and writer.
As an attorney and 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Lana has served in both business and creative capacities at CBS, Warner Bros., and Paramount, while also having worked as a writer and executive producer. Lana is also the former premier director of Creative Community For Peace (CCFP), an entertainment-based nonprofit organization devoted to countering the cultural boycott against Israel.
Lana served as the Hollywood liaison behind Variety’s “Spotlight on Israel TV” at this year’s MIPCOM event in Cannes bringing due recognition to Israel’s unique television industry. MIPCOM is the year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms.
In addition, Lana brought 7 time Grammy winner, Ziggy Marley together with the Jewish National Fund (JNF) in support of their clean water initiative. Mr. Marley’s comments in support of Israel that evening were replayed across the globe. Other Hollywood liaison clients include The Algemeiner, a publication CNBC has called the fastest growing Jewish newspaper in the world.
Lana has two sons and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeff Melman, a Directors Guild of America and Emmy Award nominated director and producer.
CULTURAL BOYCOTT EXPERT
In her former role as the premier director of Creative Community For Peace (CCFP), an entertainment-based nonprofit organization, Lana had the opportunity to speak with over one-thousand artists and/or their representatives, and was instrumental in preventing numerous cancellations of scheduled concerts and tours in Israel.
Lana also worked closely with Scarlett Johansson‘s representative during the SodaStream/Super Bowl controversy, and with Alicia Keys’ team when she received extreme boycott pressure in connection with her performance in Tel Aviv. Together with other high-profile members of the entertainment community, Lana circulated a statement in support of Israel’s right to defend herself, which was ultimately signed by over 300 Hollywood luminaries, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Seth Rogen, Kelsey Grammer, Sylvester Stallone, Roseanne Barr, and Sarah Silverman.
Through her speaking engagements nationwide, Lana reaches diverse audiences and engages in open discussion about what is taking place, what is at stake, and what we can all do in today’s high-conflict world to guard one of our most precious rights: freedom of expression.
WRITER AND COMMENTATOR
Lana Melman’s op-eds, interviews, blogs, and articles examining the true nature of the cultural boycott effort against Israel and calling upon artists and fans worldwide to liberate art have been featured in international publications, including American Thinker, The Jewish Press, The Jerusalem Post, The Algemeiner, The Jewish Chronicle UK, Times of Israel, Jewish Journal of Los Angeles and Jerusalem Online. Lana has also been sought out and quoted by industry publications such as The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood and Daily Variety.
“Remarkable article. What stood out to me was your ability to break down and clarify a complete position so that this could be understood. Clearly your experience has given you the gift of translating the complete argument and then bringing the listener toward truth. Good for you.”
Michael Jacobs, Writer/Producer
I am deeply concerned about the global effort to impose a cultural boycott on Israel, and the threat it poses to the freedom of artistic expression.
I believe art is integral to the human experience. It simultaneously reflects the world in which we live and serves as a vehicle for change. I believe that the threat to freedom of expression anywhere is a threat to that freedom everywhere. I hope you’ll join me in the fight to defend it.