Profile Type: Creative Business
Creative Business
M+Co: Premium Research and Project Support in the Media Arts

Melissa Totten's M+Co is a content production company offering premium research, writing, and creative services for arts and culture ventures.

For 25 years M+Co has produced archival image research, history position papers, and editorial services for the media industry; M+Co offers stills and/or footage research and rights management for the publishing and film business; M+Co advises creative executives and enterprises—from authors and exhibit designers, to gallerists, musicians, non-profits.

M+Co’s principal, Melissa Totten, is a multiple Los Angeles area Emmy award-winning arts documentary producer, a past director of 20th Century Fox’s photography archive, and a published writer and editor of art monographs, essays and catalogues.  She has an open mind, a broad range of interests, a sense of humor, and a skilled eye for just the right image or character that can bring a project to life.

Melissa Totten graduated magna cum laude from Wesleyan University (B.A.) and the University of Texas at Austin (M.A.) in American Studies.  She pursued further training at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, the Poynter Institute, and the George Eastman House.

Additional Links: 
Consulting Curator/Creative Director
Photo Research and Clearances Melissa Totten
Research Consultant Melissa Totten
Archival Producer Melissa Totten
Producer/Writer Melissa Totten w/ Bruce Yonemoto, Ed. De La Torre
Content Producer Melissa Totten
Archival Producer Melissa Totten

I Have Worked With

  • FRONTLINE - Michael Kirk Productions

    Little, Brown / Creative Management Partners, LLC

    20th Century Fox

    James Michener

    Partners & Spade, LLC

    John Jakes

    Handshouse / Trillium Studio

    Stephen Fisher Productions

    Rhino Records

    42 Degrees North Media

    Wishing Well Productions/First Run Features

    McMillen Media + Communications

    Autry Museum of the American West

    Rhino Records

    Gerald Peters Gallery

    Blue Rain Gallery


    Fairbrother & Co.

    Ballantines PR

    California State Parks



    W.W. Norton & Co.

    PublicAffairs Books

    Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

    Mary Murphy & Company

    PBS/Pantechnicon Productions

    Morgan Creek Productions

    Universal/DreamWorks SKG

    Wieden & Kennedy

    Tri Star Pictures

    Warner Brothers

    FOLK New England

    Walt Disney Imagineering


    Boris McCutcheon/Cactusman Productions


  • Creative Business

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Owner, Creative Director
Mailing Address: 
10 Park Lane
East Walpole, MA 02032
Physical Address: 
East Walpole, MA 02032
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Additional Disciplines: 
Design - Graphic
Humanities - General
Humanities - Art History & Criticism
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Humanities - Literature
Humanities - Science
Literature - General
Literature - Non-Fiction
Literature - Publishing
Media - General
Media - Audio / Sound
Media - Digital
Media - Film
Media - Marketing / Advertising
Media - Television
Media - Video
Music - Country
Music - Folk
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Curriculum Development
Design Services
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Marketing Services
Social Media Services
Writing Services
Geographic Reach: 

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
American Alliance of Museums
American Association for State and Local History
Society of American Archivists
International Documentary Association
FOCAL International (Federation of Commercial and Audio Visual Libraries)
Bakersfield Country!, Los Angeles Emmy Award (2)
Take Five: Arts & Culture, Los Angeles Emmy Award
Arts & Culture Documentaries, Los Angeles Emmy Nominations (11)
25. Kasseler Dok Fest Selection "Ed Ruscha: the 60s in the 90s"
PBS Advertising and Promotion Award