Daniels directed “The Butler,” “Precious” and “Monster’s Ball” and co-created, executive produces and directs Fox’s series “Empire.” His new television series, “Star,” will premiere on Fox in early 2017.
Boone Isaacs is the current president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Other featured speakers for the 31st iteration of the festival, announced Tuesday, include Kate Crawford, Ford Motor Co. chief Bill Ford & Doug Newcomb, Parag Khanna, Kimbal Musk, Peggy Orenstein, music supervisor Randall Poster, Vivek Ranadivé and television host Rachael Ray.
The featured session “Product Mavericks: Top Tips from Women Who Build” was also unveiled with Merci Grace, who leads the growth team at Slack; Stephanie Hannon, Chief Technology Officer at Hillary for America; Tali Rapaport, Lyft VP of Product; and Fidji Simo, Director of Product at Facebook.
“The SXSW Conference is designed to give creatives the tools they need to achieve their goals, and what better way than bringing together a diverse slate of today’s influencers and making them available to all badge types, fueling the cross-industry creative combustion we’re known for,” said Janet Pierson, the festival’s head of film.
“We are particularly excited about Lee Daniels as Film Keynote for his unparalleled talent, passion, continued experimentation, and career evolution. He’s been the driving force behind so much extraordinary work in a number of ways. His artistic leaps and risk-taking are exactly what we love to celebrate at SXSW.”