Emmy nominated Filmmaker.
Director, Writer, Producer
Narrative • Documentary • Commercial/Branded
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Maeyen Bassey is a multi Emmy Award Nominated filmmaker who amplifies critical stories that uplift, inspire, and have powerful historical significance. Having crafted a multi-award winning career in short form and branded content, Bassey is also a long form filmmaker which began when she was invited to create a documentary chronicling the history of Black students on the campus of Stanford University. She also collaborated with the Academy Award winning company Dirty Robber on the Emmy-nominated Why We Fight, an ESPN+ documentary series, exploring the intimately personal stories driving world-class athletes to pursue combat sports.
Recently, Maeyen has Directed, Series Produced & EP'd long form documentary works for Lebron James' UNINTERRUPTED, BBC Films, BBC Studios, MasterClass.com, and Amazon Prime Video. Notably, she Directed a cable series episode of A Life In Ten Pictures which uniquely shared untold layers of the life and death of the iconic rapper Tupac Shakur. In Bassey's most current work she has teamed up with 2022 Academy Award Nominee Matt Ogens to direct a half hour branded sports documentary that is sponsored by Nissan and that will be distributed and released by ESPN+ in 2023. Bassey also has recently been hired to Showrun and Direct a 6 part branded series for WalMart produced by Ebony Studios, and hosted by ABC's/Black-ish star Marsai Martin.
Through Bassey's career she has created works for numerous brands including Microsoft, Jet Blue Airlines, The Hard Rock Cafe, and W Hotels. She has also led projects for luminaries like Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Nikole Hannah Jones, 2021 Biden Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman, Angela Davis, Cornel West, Jelani Cobb, NBA star Lonzo Ball, Olympic Gold Medal Sprinter Maurice Greene, Afrobeat legend Femi Kuti, and Seven Time NBA Champion Robert Horry among others. The 2022 release of her eleven hour Prime Video series on race in America, Black History, Black Freedom, & Black Love has been met with widespread critical acclaim.
In addition to her Emmy Award Nominations, Bassey's work has garnered several awards and commendations including from The Webby Awards, The Telly Awards, The Ford Foundation, Women In Film, The Producers Guild of America, and The Writers Guild of America. In spring of 2023 Maeyen was also selected from a pool of over 600 applicants to be one of fifteen participating finalists in the DGA/AICP/Commercial Director's Diversity Program (CDDP) fellowship.