Neil Docherty is an internationally acclaimed documentary maker. He was a former senior editor and producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s investigative documentary program, THE FIFTH ESTATE and has produced and directed films for FRONTLINE on America’s PBS network and for THE CBC DOCUMENTARY UNIT.
He runs Spin Free Productions, in partnership with his wife Sarah Spinks, and currently is commissioned to direct a FRONTLINE two-hour special on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work due on air in 2019.
He has won more than 40 awards for his films including an International Emmy, five Geminis, three Hot Doc Awards, a Peabody, and several dupont-Columbia Silver Baton awards.
In 2004 he was awarded The Gordon Sinclair Gemini Award as Canada’s best broadcast journalist.
He co-produced and directed A Dangerous Business (2003), a joint production of The Fifth Estate, FRONTLINE and The New York Times, which won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Times reporters Lowell Bergman and David Barstow
Other films include: Putin’s Way; Al Qaeda’s New Front; On Our Watch, about the genocide in Darfur; Murdoch’s Scandal; the Secrets of Sugar; Supplements and Safety; and the internationally acclaimed 1992 Fifth Estate-Frontline documentary The Trouble with Evan.
Docherty was “FRONTLINE Producer in residence” at the University of California’s Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley in 1997-98.
In June 2006 he gave a master class at the Banff World Television.
In 2017, Neil Docherty produced and directed The Fish on My Plate which broadcast on Frontline.