Cass Paley

Cass Paley

Producer, Director


Cass Paley is a renowned director, writer, and producer of documentaries, feature films, and television shows. She has directed works for major networks and production companies such as National Geographic, Netflix, PBS, A&E, ITV, Channel 4, and the BBC.

Paley was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Cinema Studies and went on to earn an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University.

Paley first gained recognition with her award-winning documentary film “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee” which aired on HBO. She also directed “The Newburgh Sting,” which won a Peabody Award and was nominated for five Emmy Awards.

Paley has gone on to direct and produce several documentaries and feature films. She directed the documentaries “The Biggest Little Farm” and “The Botany of Desire,” both of which were nominated for Independent Spirit Awards. She also directed the feature film “The Burning Woman,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017.

In addition to her work in film, Paley has directed and produced television shows for HBO, Netflix, and the BBC. She produced the Netflix miniseries “The Spy” and directed the second season of the acclaimed BBC series “Luther.”

Paley has received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career. She was named one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch” in 2017, and was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for “Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee.”

Paley is a passionate storyteller with an eye for detail and a deep understanding of the human condition. Her work has earned her critical acclaim and has been seen around the world. She is an inspiring filmmaker who continues to push the boundaries of storytelling.

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