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Get to know the folks at MN Film & TV.


Melodie Bahan, Executive Director


Photo by Tom Wallace 

Melodie Bahan was appointed Executive Director of MN Film & TV in June 2017. With nearly three decades of nonprofit management, combined with public affairs and fundraising experience, Ms. Bahan is a consummate leader with the background and skills to lead the organization effectively. 

Melodie previously served as the first Vice President of Communications for Artspace, the nation’s leading developer of affordable space for artists. She created the new position and department designed to develop and implement an integrated strategic communications plan to advance Artspace’s brand identity; broaden awareness of its projects and priorities; and increase the visibility of its projects across key stakeholder and funding audiences. Melodie has also served as leader of community engagement activities in numerous cities throughout U.S., developing relationships with artists, funders, government officials, and community stakeholders.

Previously, she served as the Director of Communications for the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, overseeing all media relations, publications and online content. During her 10 years at the Guthrie, she supervised press relations for all aspects of the Theater, including the work on the stage as well as the construction and opening of the new Jean Nouvel-designed Guthrie on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Prior to joining the Guthrie, Melodie spent 10 years in New York, where she served as the president of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women. She worked in community relations for New York City Comptroller Elizabeth Holtzman as well as on several political campaigns.

Melodie has worked as a freelance journalist and a columnist in the Twin Cities. She has served on the Minnesota News Council and the advisory board of Pillsbury House Theatre, and is currently on the board of the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul. She attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois as a theater major and obtained a B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota.


Jill Johansen, Incentives Specialist



Jill Johansen has worked in the production industry for over twenty years on everything from public television to national cable series. She now finds her organizational strengths and radical attention to detail most useful in managing the MN Production Rebate Incentive Program.

Jade Orth, Director of Operations


Jade's love of production and travel took him to Buenos Aires where he worked with production companies on widening their distribution network and help market Argentina's unique locations. Jade also worked as a buyer for Whole Foods for 3 years.  He is seriously one of the nicest and most enthusiastic folks you could ever meet and we're really lucky to have him!