Niall is an Emmy award-winning independent producer and director. He is the director and curator of the Irish Film New York, a judge for the student Academy Awards, and an associate shorts programmer for the Tribeca Film Festival.
Niall has just wrapped production on a documentary about the Filipino Farmworkers in the US for PBS. He is currently in pre-production with Bryan Wizemann’s (About Sunny) indie coming of age feature Each Coming Night and is about commence production on an ultra-low budget TV series set in New York called On the Lig.
His personal documentary The Bass Player was nominated for a 2010 Irish Film and Television Award. Recently, Niall hosted Irish President Michael D. Higgins for a special screening and discussion about Irish Oscar winning short films at the Lincoln Center.
Niall is currently producing videos reports for the Wall Street Journal. Niall has produced documentaries for PBS and RTÉ (Irish TV), commercials for Lego, educational soap operas for Canal Cl@se (Venezuelan TV) and augmented reality games featuring Bill Nye (The Science Guy) for Chabot Space and Science Museum. Niall created and produced Wired Magazine's first video offerings. produced Irvine Welsh's first short film Nuts and recently and filmed a short film called The Recipie in the Philippines. Links to Niall's work can be found at the Media Factory web site.
McKay has managed budgets from $30K-$500K, fostered international co-productions and overseen projects from original conception & development to production, editing and post-production.
Niall’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Wired Magazine and the Economist. He’s a former columnist for the Irish Times. He writes about film for Film Ireland Magazine. He lives in New York.
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