Nicholas Brennan

Nicholas Brennan

Documentary & Commercial DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
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Nicholas Brennan

Nicholas Brennan

Documentary & Commercial DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Documentary and Commercial director/producer based in London, UK. Award-winning work for publishers like CNN, The New York Times, and VICE. Commercial work for global brands like BMW, Intel, GE, and American Express. Most recently the director of LOS ÚLTIMOS FRIKIS, a feature documentary about Cuba's most popular heavy metal band. Open for new collaborations and projects.
  • BMW / Joy of What's Next
    BMW / Joy of What's NextGlobal series hosted by Marianna Van Zeller exploring BWM's history of innovation.
  • CNN / Queer City
    CNN / Queer CityLive event and exhibition for World Pride sharing New York’s queer history through the personal artifacts of those who lived and loved in each decade from the 1940s through today.
    LOS ÚLTIMOS FRIKISFeature-length documentary about Cuba's legendary heavy metal band, ZEUS.
  • GE / Powering the World
    GE / Powering the WorldGlobal series hosted by Mikey Kay about the changing state of power around the world. Produced in over a dozen countries including Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.
  • MAMA / Short Doc
    MAMA / Short DocAward-winning short documentary film about the daily life of a traditional birth attendant in rural Uganda.
  • INTEL / The Scientist & the Magician
    INTEL / The Scientist & the MagicianShort branded doc about famed musician Lee Scratch Perry.
Work history
    CNN logo
    CNN logo
    New York, United StatesFull Time
    Internationally focused director of documentary and commercial video across CNN’s digital, social & broadcast platforms. Winner of many of the industry’s top awards including a Cannes Lion, Edward R. Murrow Award for News Innovation, and several Webby Awards. • Directing hosted and non-hosted documentaries around the globe while managing local and international teams in complex environments like Iraq, Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia. • Producing stories across formats including short digital videos, long-form series, feature-length films, podcasts, interactive web sites, live broadcasts, and special events. • Managing projects, budgets, and teams from initial pitch through field production and post while working with agency, client, and internal stakeholders. • Quickly grew fledgling studio as the first Director hired on a crew of three to now working alongside a team of over 75 with recognition as the "best brand studio" in the industry.
    VICE logo
    VICE logo
     - New York, United StatesFreelance
    Freelance creative producer across VICE’s digital and broadcast platforms as the company grew from a small production office to a global media brand. • Field Producer for VICE on HBO’s first and second seasons, producing for Shane Smith and other correspondents. Stories included Afghanistan war veterans struggling with opioid addiction and the political and cultural changes sweeping across post-Castro Cuba. • News Producer of short-form videos for VICE’s digital channels on stories including the Somali- American community in Minneapolis and underground fight clubs in Havana, Cuba. • Video Editor of Spanish-language documentaries about artists in Peru and Mexico, as well short documentaries for brands including Converse, Adidas, and Budweiser.
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Post Production
  • Editing
  • Pitching
  • Branded Documentary
  • Documentary Production
  • Client Facing
  • Journalism
  • Development
    BFANew York University
     - New York, United States
    The Webby Awards logo
    The Webby Awards logo
    Webby AwardsThe Webby Awards
    Best Individual Editorial Feature ("What Went Wrong" for Hulu's The Looming Tower), 2019
    Edward R. Murrow AwardEdward R. Murrow Awards
    Excellence in News Innovation for CNN's Eclipse of the Century, 2018
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