About Us

Pretzel Pictures is a boutique production company that creates original video and television content with a particular focus on women’s history.

At Pretzel Pictures, we have a track record of locating unusual and hard-to-find resources, honoring due diligence to preserve historical integrity, authenticity, and accuracy.

Pretzel Pictures has earned a reputation globally for professionalism, cooperation, and high ethical standards.


Yoshie Lewis

Executive Producer/Writer

Yoshie has been working professionally in various arenas of the entertainment business since 1983. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of California, Riverside, and a MA in Producing Film and Video at the American University in Washington, DC., where her studies were heavily weighted towards documentary production and feature film development. She has worked as a camera operator, coordinator, and production manager on various indie films, as well as on TV shows for FUSE, CMT, and ESPN2; and, she has over thirty years of experience in the costuming field. In 2008, Yoshie became established as a network producer. She is well versed in research and writing, as well as budgets and logistics. Amongst her other credits are three history books for Arcadia Publishing. She is a founder and past president of the Nashville Japanese Film Festival and a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


Chris Melancon


Chris is a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry, with an extensive background spanning interviewing and interview coaching, messaging and content creation, publicity, corporate communications, writing and editing for press and consumer audiences, and business-to-business customer service. A graduate of Drake University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Chris blends a professional, communicative, detail-centric, and cost-conscious mindset with a writer’s perspective and a keen ear for compelling content and presentation.

Contact: chris@pretzelpictures.com

 Our production team is comprised of multiple associates in various disciplines of film and video production, as well as historical experts, who are matched with projects as appropriate.