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AML 031: How to Break into Hollywood’s Film Business with Maeyen Bassey, CEO Mabam! Entertainment


[spp-player]”Mabam! Entertainment’s Executive Producer Maeyen Bassey is an award-winning Los Angeles based Writer/Director/Producer with the rare distinction of having enjoyed acclaimed cross platform media success. In her fourteen year entertainment industry career she has found success in film, television, commercials, and music video alike, and has worked with such industry heavyweights as Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Academy Award Winner Forest Whittaker, and Spike Lee to name a few. 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, Usher, and Sheryl Crowe.

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 AnatomyBionic 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 commissioned content writing, producing, and directing work for Vibe Magazine, Jet Blue Airlines, Def Jam, Blockbuster Entertainment, The House of Blues, Warner Bros Records, Concord/Stax Records, BET Networks, Magic Johnson Entertainment, Stanford University, and American Idol among numerous others.

Maeyen has been sought after as a feature film writer, as she was recently hired on the feature film re-write “The Law of Love,” to which she is also attached as director. She recently premiered her short documentary film “Lens Into Legacy” 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 is also currently in post-production on her first feature length documentary film “419” The groundbreaking piece boasts interviews with Nigerian luminaries Femi Kuti among several others and will be released in 2015.

A first generation Nigerian-American who grew up in Atlanta, GA, Maeyen is a Dean’s list graduate of Northwestern University’s highly regarded program in Radio/TV/Film, and a graduate of UCLA’s prestigious program in screenwriting.

Upbeat and professional, Maeyen has been much sought after as a film festival judge and panelist, and has been featured in several Hollywood publications. Maeyen currently serves as Co-Vice President of Programming for the national Northwestern University Black Alumni Association Board (NUBAA).  She also serves as Vice-President of the Northwestern University Alumni Board of Los Angeles, and is Executive Producer for Mabam! Entertainment.  Maeyen resides in Los Angeles, California.”


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