As global creative marketing manager at Netflix, Alexa Michelle Diaz has led multichannel marketing campaigns for the company’s documentary group since 2018. As a Latina, intersectionality factors into her marketing philosophy to build global and inclusive campaigns.
From music documentaries to character docs, Alexa has spearheaded launch strategies for Martin Scorsese’s Pretend It’s a City; Jenji Kohan and Morgan Neville’s Worn Stories; Lisa Bryant and Joe Berlinger’s Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich; Shawn Mendes’s In Wonder; Ariana Grande’s excuse me, i love you; Selena Gomez’s Living Undocumented; Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana; and Rachel Lear’s Knock Down the House, among many others.
She has more than 10 years of extensive marketing experience in the nonfiction world, with tenures at E! International, Fuse and FM TV. She also brings experience from the live events and production side, with stints at AEG Entertainment.
Alexa is a member of the Television Academy, the International Documentary Association, and Film Independent. In 2020, she led the creative that won the Bronze Clio Enetertainment Award for Pretend It’s a City, and in 2019 received the Bronze Trailer Award at Promax for the Netflix documentary City of Joy.
We spoke with Alexa for our Backstory series, where we chat with folks in the entertainment industry about their creative inspirations and more.
Alexa, tell us…
Where you grew up and where you live now.
I had an exciting upbringing, growing up in multicultural cities like Miami, New York and Los Angeles, the city I now call home. Throughout my childhood as the permanent “new girl,” I learned that I needed to think on my feet, make connections quickly, and above all, stay flexible. Little did I know then that those learnings would also become my strengths in my personal and professional life.
Your first job in the industry.
My first big and official job in the industry was at NBCUniversal. I started off as an intern and became a production assistant for on-air promos and interstitials at E! International. I soaked up my time there, touching everything I could from scriptwriting to mondo shoots.
A breakthrough moment in your career.
Working with Martin Scorsese and Fran Lebowitz for the documentary series Pretend It’s a City. I mean, need I say more?! I grew up being impacted by Scorsese’s films, and here I was working with him and Fran, one of the most well-known American writers. It’s a highlight of my career.
Three movies you couldn’t do without.
This is a tough question! I think it depends on a couple of things. What’s your mood state? What’s the film that changed your perspective? And what’s that film that left you breathless?
The Last of the Mohicans. My most beloved film, the one I can recite every line to, directed by Michael Mann, and starring my favorite actor, Daniel Day-Lewis. That film was the reason I fell in love with the cinema. The cinematography, music, storytelling and wardrobe immersed me as a kid and gripped me with epic romance and action. It is a film I can watch over and over again. The film left me breathless.
Pan’s Labyrinth. I’ve always been fascinated by the fantastical. The Guillermo del Toro classic (because that’s what it is) is so lush in imagination while reflecting mythical fables I grew up with. The first time I saw this film, I could not stop thinking about it. Absolutely unforgettable.
American Psycho. Directed by Mary Harron. This movie always makes me physically uncomfortable. I have to be in a particular mood state for this film, but it is also the film that, every time I watch it, a new reflection or analysis comes to mind.
Your favorite movie quote.
This aged well. “We’re consumers. We are byproducts of a lifestyle obsession.” —Fight Club
Your favorite movie trailer or poster.
Where the Wild Things Are trailer. Gandolfini lands the one line in this whole trailer and it’s perfect. This trailer is the example of knowing your audience and creating for fans because you ARE a fan. It spectacularly leverages visuals and music to drive that nostalgic and emotional outcry and stays true to the visual language of the film. I was howling in the movie theater at the end of that trailer.