Neil Docherty

Neil Docherty has produced and directed films for FRONTLINE since 1994, many of them co-productions with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s documentary program, The Fifth Estate, where he was a senior editor/producer until 2016.

Now retired from CBC, Neil continues to work with FRONTLINE and most recently directed and co-produced, with David Fanning and Sarah Spinks, the FRONTLINE film, The Fish on My Plate.

He gained international acclaim for his documentary The Trouble with Evan which aired on FRONTLINE in 1994.

He was awarded the 2004 Gordon Sinclair Gemini Award as Canada's best broadcast journalist.

Neil started his career in print, first at the South Wales Echo, Cardiff's evening paper and then The Sunday Times in London, before joining Thames Television.

Since moving to Canada in 1990 he has won more than 40 awards for his films, including an international Emmy in 1992. He is a five-time Gemini winner, and has three Hot Doc Awards. His documentary about the Salinas brothers, Money, Murder and Mexico (1997), was a co-winner of the Gold Baton at the duPont-Columbia Awards in New York and won a Silver Nymph at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.

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 a Gold Medal at the New York Festival; a Silver Baton at the duPont-Columbia Awards; the George Polk Award; the Harvard Goldcrest Award for Investigative Journalism at Harvard University; a Peabody Award; an IRE award (Investigative Reporters and Editors); and the Sidney Hillman Foundation Award. The New York Times reporters Lowell Bergman and David Barstow won the Pulitzer Prize for the print articles that accompanied the film.

His 2005 FRONTLINE film, Al Qaeda's New Front, won a Silver Baton at the duPont-Columbia Awards, a Gold Medal in New York and the Canadian Association of Journalists award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.

His other recent FRONTLINE films include: Supplements and Safety, Putin’s Way and On Our Watch.

Neil was "FRONTLINE Producer in residence" at the University of California's graduate school of Journalism at Berkeley in 1997-98. In June '06 he gave a master class at the Banff World Television Festival. And at the '06 Geminis he won for best writing in a documentary for the script Party Games from the CBC's China Rises documentary series.

He holds a B.Sc. (Honors) in economics from London School of Economics.

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