Nial started his television career working with the Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen on a diverse range of productions, including HBO’s Emmy award winning series Band of Brothers (HBO) and the Academy nominated short film Everything In This Country Must.
After moving to Australia, Nial worked with some of the countries leading producers, developing and producing an extensive slate of productions for major international broadcasters, including BBC, Channel 4, ABC, RTE, National Geographic, Discovery, ARTE, France 5, SBS, Nine and Ten. As Head of Production at Essential Media, Nial was responsible for developing, budgeting and supervising multiple projects from inception through to completion.
In 2008 Nial produced and co-wrote the acclaimed Irish/Australian drama The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (ABC, Channel 4, RTE) - nominated Best Drama at the 2010 Rose d’Or Festival, the 2009 Irish Film & Television Awards and AFI Awards and won the 2009 Inside Film Awards for Best Documentary.
Nial also developed and produced the 2009 AFI Award winning documentary Solo (ABC, Discovery) with Jen Peedom and David Michod. In 2010, Nial series produced and wrote the Logie nominated series Miracles (Nat Geo, France 5, ABC), shot on location in Laos, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. In 2011, Nial was invited to sit on the jury for the inaugural Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts Documentary Award and the International Emmy Awards. He also wrote three episodes of the television series Coast (Foxtel).
Nial co-founded In Films in 2009 with Ivan O'Mahoney and the company has produced The Outlaw Michael Howe (ABC) Borderland (Al Jazeera America) Hitting Home (ABC) Matilda & Me (ABC Arts) and Caged (SBS).
In 2016, Nial won a Walkley, an AACTA, an OurWatch Award and an Amnesty International Award for Hitting Home.
Key Awards & Nominations
2016 - Winner - Walkley Awards - Best Documentary (Hitting Home)
2016 - Winner - AACTA Awards - Best Documentary (Hitting Home)
2016 - Winner - Amnesty Awards - Best Television (Hitting Home)
2016 - Nominated - AACTA Awards - Best Documentary (Matilda & Me)
2016 - Nominated - Screen Producers Awards - Best Documentary (Hitting Home)
2016 - Nominated - TV Week Logies - Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report (Hitting Home)
2015 - Nominated - Banff Television Festival - Best Social & Humanitarian Program (Borderland)
2010 - Nominated - Rose d'Or Festival - Best Drama (The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce)
2010 - Nominated - AACTA Awards - Best Drama (The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce)
2010 - Nominated - Irish Film & TV Awards - Best Drama (The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce)
2010 - Winner - European Film Festival - Best Drama (The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce)