Lee Daniels
United States
2018

Lee Daniels Entertainment

Lee
Daniels

Film Director

Daniels first made a splash in film in 2001, producing “Monster’s Ball” (and winning Halle Berry an Oscar) and then directing 2009’s “Precious,” which also attracted the attention of awards nominators. He has since etched quite the second act, this time in television, where the breakout success of “Empire” on Fox led to a second series, “Star” — both musical dramas about the music industry, featuring diverse casts and addressing potent issues from race to homophobia. More shows are coming, thanks to a deal with Fox, and in film he’s following up his 2013 biographical drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” with a biopic about Billie Holliday and, just announced, directing Oprah Winfrey in Shirley MacLaine’s role in a “Terms of Endearment” remake.

Career

  • PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
  • MONSTER'S BALL
  • EMPIRE

Education

  • Lindenwood University (MO, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Producers to Watch
  • TV Producers Impact
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Lee Daniels Reveals the 'Empire' Team's 'Anger' and 'Sadness' at the Jussie Smollett Fallout

Lee Daniels Reveals the 'Empire' Team's 'Anger' and 'Sadness' at the Jussie Smollett Fallout

In a video posted to his Instagram Wednesday afternoon, "Empire" creator Lee Daniels has let everybody know how he feels about the Jussie Smollett "incident."“These past couple of weeks have been a freakin’ rollercoaster," Daniels said in the video. "Me and my cast have experienced pain, anger, sadness and frustration, and really don’t know how to deal with it."Daniels was keen to stress that the episode of "Empire" airing tonight was filmed "prior to the incident.""This is not what the...

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