Lee Daniels
Courtesy of Lee Daniels
United States
2021

Lee Daniels Entertainment

Lee
Daniels

CEO

Over the past decade, Daniels has segued from being a respected arthouse movie director to a thriving TV creator and executive producer. He’s honed his own brand of storytelling as the producer and director of twist-filled dramas such as FOX’s “Empire” and “Star” and most recently “Our Kind of People.” Daniels serves as an executive producer of ABC’s “The Wonder Years” reimagining, and he has the same role in offbeat comedy series “The Ms. Pat Show,” launched in 2021 for the fledgling BET+ streaming service. Daniels has also kept active in the feature arena, coming off a strong run on the awards circuit as the writer-director of 2021’s “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” which earned star Andra Day an Oscar nomination for best actress among many other kudos.

Career

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

Education

  • Lindenwood University (MO, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Producers to Watch
  • Inclusion Impact
  • TV Producers Impact
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Sammy Davis Jr. Series From Lee Daniels Ordered at Hulu, Elijah Kelley to Star

Sammy Davis Jr. Series From Lee Daniels Ordered at Hulu, Elijah Kelley to Star

Lee Daniels' long-gestating Sammy Davis Jr. biographical series has been ordered at Hulu, with Elijah Kelley set to play the lead role.The untitled series has received an eight-episode order at the streamer. Based on the book "In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr.," the series is described as an exploration of Davis' life through the lens of his racial identity and his complex relationship with the Black community.Davis rose from childhood stardom on the vaudeville stage to...

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