After being named as one of Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 15 Canadian Talents to Watch,” writer/director Ally Pankiw made her TV directing debut with Netflix’s Feel Good, created by comic Mae Martin. She directed and executive produced the show’s hit first season, which was critically acclaimed as one of the best series of 2020. Pankiw has since directed on Hulu’s Shrill, starring Aidy Bryant, on Tony McNamara’s Emmy-nominated comedy, The Great, with Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, and directed and executive produced the pilot for NBC’s Someone Out There as well as the season premiere episode for Season 6 of Black Mirror. She also co-created, and is currently writing and executive producing Standing By, a new animated comedy series with Dan Levy for Hulu and 20th Animation.
Pankiw recently completed her first film, I Used To Be Funny, starring Shiva Babybreakout Rachel Sennott. She wrote, directed and served as executive producer on the film, which premiered at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival to rave reviews in March 2023.
In addition to her work in film and TV, Pankiw has built an impressive career in music videos and branded content. She has helmed ad campaigns for top brands and publications like Amazon, Adidas, Chanel, and Pepsi, and spearheaded a series of Women in #STEM shorts for MTV and The Ad Council. She has also directed and produced videos for artists such as Katy Perry, Phoebe Bridgers, MUNA, and Ariana Grande.