Neil began his career as a journalist winning the National College Emmy during his junior year at the University of Detroit. After that he went on to be a reporter for Nickelodeon and ESPN and later focused on Producing and Directing. One of Neil's television jobs was Producing the O.J. Trial for ABC News. Eventually Neil decided Filmmaking was what he wanted to do so in September of 1995 he wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed indie flick Hijacking Hollywood (1997). Neil has continued directing feature films and short films for the cinema and television. Over the years Neil has won a variety of awards including the Audience Award for Best Picture at the 1997 Austin Film Festival and an Emmy award for his Producing efforts with NBC at the 2000 summer Olympics in Australia.