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Daisy von Scherler Mayer is an American film and television director. She has directed feature films PARTY GIRL, MADELINE, THE GURU and SOME GIRL(S). Her television directing credits include: RAY DONOVAN, HALT AND CATCH FIRE, CHICAGO MED, OUTCAST, GOOD GIRLS REVOLT, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, HOUSE OF LIES, MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, ABOUT A BOY, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, SHAMELESS, NURSE JACKIE, SHUT EYE, OUTCAST and MAD MEN.

 

The 1995 Sundance Film Festival marked the debut of von Scherler Mayer’s critically acclaimed, cult classic PARTY GIRL, which launched Parker Posey. Co-written with Harry Birckmayer, the film’s success led to a Fox television series. Next von Scherler Mayer adapted and directed the classic children’s book MADELINE into a Columbia Pictures film starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand. She followed this with the Bollywood-influenced screwball comedy THE GURU, starring Heather Graham and Marisa Tomei, for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures. Her last film was her adaptation of Neil LaBute’s play SOME GIRL(S), starring Adam Brody, Emily Watson and Kristen Bell.

 

As a television director, von Scherler Mayer has worked in both hour-long drama series and half-hour comedy for network, cable and streaming services, including ABC, NBC, CW, AMC, Showtime, Cinemax, Amazon, Netflix and Hulu.

 

A native New Yorker, von Scherler Mayer worked backstage at the Delacorte Theater as a teenager and spent her early 20s as a production assistant for Sidney Lumet and Mira Nair. She also trained at the Williamstown Theater Festival, Circle in the Square and the Atlantic Theater Company. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, where von Scherler Mayer received High Honors in Theater and also studied film with professor and film historian Jeanine Basinger, von Scherler Mayer began her career as a theater director.

 

In addition to her directing work, von Scherler Mayer is an artist-in-residence at the American Film Institute, where she mentors for the Directing Workshop for Women.

 

The granddaughter of screenwriter Edwin Justice Mayer and the daughter of actor Sasha von Scherler and writer/producer Paul Avila Mayer, von Scherler Mayer lives in Los Angeles with her husband, film and TV composer David Carbonara, and their two daughters.

 

Complete filmography available at IMDb