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 Directing Apollo Theater Documentary

Lee Daniels Directing Apollo Theater Documentary

Lee Daniels will direct the documentary feature film "The Apollo Theater Film Project," an authorized history of New York’s famed venue."I am honored to be entrusted with the story of this incredible American iconic institution and work with this team," Daniels said. "I used to go to the Apollo Theater as a kid and never in a million years would I have imagined I would be back to be doing this – it is very special for me.”The Apollo began operating in 1934...

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