As a Director, Neill has twenty-three Movies, over two hundred hours of Episodic Television and numerous Pilots to his credit. He has also produced and directed dozens of commercials and hundreds of hours of live television.
Born in England, Neill attended Liverpool’s Wallasey College of Art before moving to Canada and graduating with a Degree in Film and Television from Toronto’s Ryerson University. Following graduation he was hired by a Vancouver television station working as a Director and Producer on numerous programs including a live two hour variety show.
Three years later he left to form the commercial production house Cinetrope, specializing in tabletop, miniatures and Viz FX. He ran the company successfully for five years, before leaving commercials to pursue drama.
His drama career started with 21 JUMPSTREET directing Johnny Depp, and WISEGUY, directing Kevin Spacey in his first television appearance. Neill has also had the privilege of working with Ryan Gosling, Timothy Hutton, Mercedes Ruehl, Corey Monteith, Barry Pepper, Faye Dunaway, Christopher Lloyd and many others.
Emmy Nominations in 2012, 2013, 2014 and Canadian Screen Awards Nominations in 2013, 2015 were followed by another Emmy Nomination in 2015. The Director’s Guild has nominated Neill’s work for both Movies and Series and he has four times won the Leo Award for Best Direction with nine nominations.
In 2013, 2014 and 2015, a Daytime Emmy for Best Children’s Series was won by THE HAUNTING HOUR, where he directed the Pilot and an additional 24 of 74 episodes. Other films and TV episodes he has directed have won Best Picture and Best Series Awards at the New York Film Festival, the Los Angeles Prism Awards, the Parent’s Choice Awards, the Leo Awards and the AMPIA’S.
When not working Neill enjoys creating French Pastry, Woodworking and Pen & Ink drawing. He has three children, a boy and two girls, lives in Vancouver with his wife Karen, an Art Therapist; and two dogs, a Bouvier, an Irish Wolfhound, and Madness, a black cat who’s earned the name and has a neighbourhood reputation for it.