Meet the Management Team
President, Final Draft
Shelly Mellott took over Script magazine in 1995 from her father, who founded the business in 1985. She secured a newsstand presence for the publication and grew Script into a well-respected industry magazine. From 1995 to 2006, she created additional services for scriptwriters including script coverage, pitching events, and quarterly screenwriting contests sponsored by major production companies. In 2006, Mellott became a vice president at Final Draft overseeing the Big Break Contest, social media, events, and customer relations for the company. In 2015, she became Vice President of Sales & Marketing where she managed the professional and educational sales divisions, developed initiatives that drove sales across all retail channels, and managed marketing, events and customer relations. In 2020, she took the helm as president, overseeing all divisions and leading the brand into the future. Mellott is a wife, mother, dressage rider, and avid reader. She is active in pug rescue and enjoys rowing and pilates. Her favorite things are good whiskey, good movies, and good friends.
Senior Vice President, Final Draft
Joe Jarvis earned a BFA from the University of Oklahoma and did graduate work at University Texas at Arlington in Management Information Systems. Joe moved to Hollywood in 1997 when he bought his first copy of Final Draft. In 1998, he sold a script to New Line Cinema. By 2000, Joe had multiple script sales to his credit, and a Disney movie in production, which was released in 2002. Seeking new challenges, Joe joined the Final Draft Technical Team in 2008. He quickly worked his way up in the Engineering department from Subject Matter Expert, to Product Manager, to Vice President of Product Development. Now as Senior Vice President of Final Draft, Jarvis oversees product, engineering, business development, technical partnerships, and all aspects of Final Draft business in support of Shelly Mellott, President. Joe claims he still finds some time to write, but if it’s Saturday, he’s probably watching Oklahoma football.
Steve Brost is the Chief Architect of Final Draft. Before becoming Chief Architect Steve was a developer for 13 years on Final Draft 5 through Final Draft 11 and lead developer on Final Draft Reader and Final Draft Writer for iOS (now Final Draft Mobile). He has also developed many internal development tools for Final Draft. His current responsibilities include working with Vice President of Product Development on planning new features in all of the company’s products and managing the engineering teams. Steve is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Vice President of Technical Support
Before receiving his Master of Fine Arts from the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California, Joel Levin was an assistant cameraman in New York. During and after USC, he worked in feature film and television development at Jersey Films, The Family Channel, MTM, Nickelodeon Movies, and Alliance-Atlantis Television. He has also worked at a literary agency and as a script reader. Levin has headed the technical support department since 2004 and has been with Final Draft since 1999. When not in the office, he provides technical support to his wife and two young daughters.