Ami Canaan Mann attended USC School of Cinema/Television’s Production Program. She started screenwriting professionally with an episode of ‘NYPD BLUE’, ‘Tea and Sympathy’. In 2001, she wrote/co-produced the MOW ‘NANCY DREW’ for ABC and subsequently sold pilots to Imagine/Fox, DiNovi/Spelling/CW and Micheal Douglas/CBS. In 2001, she began writing for studios and developed features at Disney, New Line, WB and 20th.
Ami began directing television with an episode of ‘RHD’ in 2003. In 2010, her ‘FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS’ episode ‘I Can’t’ received a Television Academy Honors Award for ‘Television with a Conscience’ and she has since directed episodes of ‘THE BLACKLIST’ (NBC), ‘SHOTS FIRED’ (FOX), ‘QUEEN OF THE SOUTH’ (USA), CLOAK & DAGGER (Marvel) and ’SNEAKY PETE’ (Amazon).
In 2001, she directed the independent feature ‘MORNING’ which won several festival awards including Best Directorial Debut at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, Grand Jury Award at the River Run International Film Festival and Gold Award for Best First Feature at the WorldFest Houston Film Festival. In 2011, she directed the indie feature ‘TEXAS KILLING FIELDS’ (Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Chloe Moretz, Jeffrey Dean Morgan) which was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. In 2015, she wrote, directed and produced the indie feature ‘JACKIE & RYAN’ (Katherine Heigl, Ben Barnes) which was nominated for the Orizzonti at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.
Ami has just completed shooting an episode of the Starz series ‘POWER’ and is currently shooting an episode of the USA Network show 'SHOOTER.'