Mann was inspired to become a director when he saw the Spike Lee film Do The Right Thing. Mann graduated from Morehouse College and later earned a Masters in Fine Arts in film at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Breaking in to televisionEdit
Television Producer Robert F. Colesberry saw Five Deep Breaths and introduced the other producers of HBO drama The Wire to it. The producers approached Mann and asked him to shadow their directors during production of the third season in 2004. Show runner David Simon recalls that Colesberry wanted Mann to direct a third season episode but Colesberry's untimely death left the other producers reeling and they felt unable to risk a directorial debut in their first season without him. Simon recalls Mann shadowing director Ernest R. Dickerson and showing a "careful interest in the process."
In 2006, Mann joined the directing crew of The Wire's fourth season. Simon felt obligated to give Mann a chance after his dedication to shadowing Dickerson. Mann made his television directing debut with the third episode of the season, "Home Rooms". Simon was pleased with the episode and described it as "beautifully covered."
Mann also was an ABC DGA Fellow class of 2005, a fellowship aimed at encouraging "diversity of race, gender and spirit in the filmmaking community." In 2007 Mann was nominate for an NAACP Image Award in the category Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series for his work on "Home Rooms". Mann has commented that he was "excited" to receive the nomination and grateful to the NAACP for their work.
After the fourth season of The Wire, Mann worked on Grey's Anatomy directing two episodes in 2006, "Name of the Game" and "Don't Stand So Close to Me". In 2007 Mann was nominated for a DGA Award in the category Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series for his work on the "Name of the Game". Mann also directed episodes of Heroes, Cold Case, Lincoln Heights, Jericho, Entourage, Friday Night Lights, Men in Trees, Shark, and Fringe.
During Falling SkiesEdit
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