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Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Niels is an award-winning writer and director whose films have premiered to great acclaim at the most prestigious film festivals in the world.
Tadpole (Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Stanford), which Niels co-wrote, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and The Assassination of Richard Nixon (Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle), which Niels co-wrote and directed, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and its North American premiere at The Toronto International Film Festival.
Niels is also an accomplished show-creator, writer and producer of network television, including the CBS series The Defenders (Jim Belushi, Jerry O'Connell).