Mabam! Entertainment’s Executive Producer Maeyen Bassey is an award-winning Writer/Director/Producer with the rare distinction of having enjoyed acclaimed cross platform media success. Over the course of her entertainment industry career she has found success in film, television, commercials, and music video alike, and has worked on projects set up at DreamWorks, Paramount, New Line Cinema, 20th Century Fox, Showtime, and HBO and she has also served as a concept generator and ghostwriter for some of the industry’s most successful music video directors including scripting work for artists including Sting, Sheryl Crowe, and Usher.
Maeyen was part of the writing team for the hit Showtime drama Soul Food (Showtime Networks/Paramount Pictures), and was handpicked by Isaiah Washington, (Grey’s Anatomy, Bionic Woman) to write, direct, and executive produce a television commercial in which he appeared. Other recent projects and clients under her Mabam! Entertainment banner include producing music videos for Angie Stone and Shanice, as well as producing, and directing works for Microsoft, W Hotels, Def Jam, Warner Bros. Records, Geffen Records, Concord/Stax Records, BET Networks, Vibe Magazine, Jet Blue Airlines, Stanford University, The House of Blues, and American Idol among numerous others.
Maeyen recently premiered her “Lens Into Legacy” doc at the American Express Center in New York to acclaim in front of an audience that included New Jersey Senator Corey Booker and world renown NASA Astronaut, Mae Jemison. Bassey also recently lent her producing skills to three hour-long episodes of the network documentary series Why We Fight. The project is executive produced by Ronda Rousey, Adam Feinstein, Matt Ogens and Gotham Chopra and produced by the Academy-Award nominated production company Dirty Robber. The series will premiere in fall 2017.
Currently, Bassey is directing and producing the feature-length documentary film “419.” The groundbreaking piece has received production support from The Ford Foundation, and will feature Nigerian luminary Femi Kuti among several others, and will be released in 2018. She also is one of ten producers selected to be a Producers Guild of America Diversity Fellow for 2017.
A first generation Nigerian-American who grew up in Atlanta, GA, Maeyen is a Dean’s list graduate of Northwestern University’s undergraduate program in Radio/TV/Film, and has completed UCLA’s year-long graduate program in screenwriting. Maeyen also is an outgoing Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA) board member, and she currently serves as Co-President of her city-wide Northwestern University Alumni Board.