About Dr. Mel


Dr. Melissa Caudle, author, screenwriter and producer, earned a PhD in statistical research and administration from the University of New Orleans. She is a retired award winning high school principal who came into the television and film production arena in 1986 when she was on the morning news with a live episode talk-format segment dealing with educational issues for children. Capitalizing on her educational training and background, she uses her experience and training to bring her readers information that is easy to understand; yet, comprehensive. Her books for screenwriters, producers, and reality show creators are fast becoming the number resources around the globe. 

Never before, has there been a more accomplished individual to share information. From her book The Reality of Reality TV: Film Business Plans, to her “how to books,” Dr. Mel provides instruction and insight for her readers. She also published numerous books for screenwriters including How to Write a Logline, Just Beat it, How to Write A synopsis, and How to Create A One Pager. She also has books for realit show creators including 150 Ways to Fund a Reality Show, The Reality Show Handbook, Funding for Low-Budget Films, and How to Get Your Reality Show in the News.

Dr. Mel is also a feature and documentary filmmaker; including Mexico Missions, The Dolphins in Terry Cove, The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo, Sean Kelly’s Irish Pub, Beauvoir, and Voices of the Innocent. Her film credits include producer on the independent film Dark Blue and associate producer on the films Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads and Girls Gone Gangsta. Dr. Mel has worked on films such as the two Sony films, STRAWDOGS starring Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, and Alexander Skarsgard; MARDI GRAS starring Carmen Electra and Josh Gad; On the Seventh Day with Blair Underwood, Pam Grier, Sharon Leal, and Jamie Alyson; and Dirty Politics starring Melissa Peterman, Beau Bridges, and Judd Nelson. Her films included Dark Blue (Film Noir Drama), Girls Gone Gangsta (Action), and Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads (Comedy). She also has been a program director for a television station in Alabama. 

Dr. Mel is released her first fictional novel, The Keystroke Killer: Transcendence based off her short film by the same name. It is definetly one of the best books to read.  Her second novel, Never Stop Running will be released in the winter of 2019.

Dr. Mel’s company, On the Lot Productions, LLC is currently in pre-production on several feature films and reality show projects. She has written ten screenplays and created five reality shows. She also writes a blog, Dr. Mel’s Message,, which receives more than 30,000 hits daily. 

She writes articles for actors, directors, producers, and reality show creators as well as keep in contact with her fan base from her books. Dr. Mel currently lives in New Orleans, LA, is married to Mike Caudle. She has three daughters, three sons-in-laws, and is the proud grandmother of eight grandsons and one granddaughter.



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Dr. Mel's Message

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