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Nick Davis


Nick Davis

An accomplished writer, director and producer, Nick Davis got his start in film and television by interning on Ken Burns’ Baseball. His first task was to build a desk. In addition to his work with Burns, which included jobs on Cornerstone and The West, Davis worked for filmmaker David Grubin, co-producing The Language of Life with Bill Moyers for PBS and producing Money and Power: The History of Business for CNBC. Davis also directed the Emmy Award-winning Jack: The Last Kennedy Film in 1993, produced with his father, Peter Davis.

In 1998, Nick wrote and directed 1999, a black comedy feature film starring Jennifer Garner, Dan Futterman and Amanda Peet, which aired on the Sundance Channel. The film was screened at over 20 film festivals worldwide.

In 2001, he started Nick Davis Productions. Having seen the movie Young Frankenstein 10 times as a child, Nick was thrilled that the company’s first job was producing a Bravo Profile of the actor Gene Wilder. Since then, the company has gone on to produce over 70 hours of television, and over 100 short films for corporations, non-profits and other organizations.

In 2018, he produced and directed a film for PBS’ American Masters program, Ted Williams: “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived,” narrated by Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Jon Hamm. 

Nick recently directed Once Upon a Time in Queens, a multi-part "30 for 30" film on the 1986 Mets, in partnership with ESPN Films, Kimmelot, ITV America and Major League Baseball.

Prior to his work in film and television, Nick performed improv comedy in New York City nightclubs and wrote, with Brooks Hansen, the novel BOONE, published in 1990 and named one of the notable books of the year by the New York Times.

His latest book is COMPETING WITH IDIOTS, his dual portrait of his grandfather Herman Mankiewicz and great-uncle Joseph Mankiewicz.

Nick lives in New York City with his wife, the novelist Jane Mendelsohn, and their two daughters.

Nick Davis

Books by Nick Davis

by Nick Davis - History, Nonfiction, Sports

October 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of the 86 Mets’ World Series win. ESPN recently aired a multi-part "30 for 30" documentary series on the subject, which was produced by ESPN Films, Jimmy Kimmel, Cousin Sal Iacono and Major League Baseball and directed by Nick Davis. The show features never-before-seen footage, as well as remembrances from almost all of the key players. This tie-in book is an oral history with new contributions from Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Lenny Dykstra and many others. Also included are unique photographs of the team and the era. A foreword by Kimmel, discussing what the Mets and their triumph means to him, rounds out this fantastic package.