Los Angeles, California, United States
Born in Detroit, MI, the youngest of five in an oversized, blended family, Naiem very quickly figured out that he’d have to stand out fast or else he wasn’t going to eat. Raised on a constant stream of stand-up and cartoons, and an impressive film library curated by his mother, he quickly took to storytelling, drawn to themes of family, outsiders, and big flawed characters. In addition to his B.A. in Marketing from Morehouse, and an M.F.A in Directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory, Naiem is an alum of Film Independent’s signature diversity program Project Involve – where he was mentored by Academy Award winner Taika Waititi; Film Independent’s inaugural Episodic Directing Intensive, and Sony Pictures Television’s Diverse Directors Program. In 2017 he participated in NBC’s Late-Night Writers Workshop, and in 2018 he was selected for NBC’s Writers on the Verge.
He's an alum of The Sunday Company at The Groundlings and has directed digital projects for Issa Rae’s YouTube channel and IGTV. In 2020, Naiem wrote and directed “Power To The Polls” a PSA calling for volunteer poll workers for the 2020 election in partnership with Warner Media and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Naiem has staffed on the Netflix drama series BARKER STREET BOYS (Imagine Ent/State St) as a Staff Writer and wrote episode 106 of the series, wrote joke punch-ups for Dreamville’s 2022 festival promo, and most recently was staffed as a Story Editor on INTERIOR CHINATOWN for Hulu/20th where he wrote episode 105. As a director, he shadowed Producing-Director John Lee on episode 104 of INTERIOR CHINATOWN as well.