Lee Daniels
Courtesy of Lee Daniels
United States
2020

Lee Daniels Entertainment

Lee
Daniels

CEO

Daniels has explored the Black perspective onscreen from a multitude of angles, whether the bleak poverty of 2009 film “Precious,” which earned him Oscar nominations as director and producer, or the high-gloss, hip-hop, multigenerational mogul-dom of his Fox drama “Empire.” In 2020, he got a pilot production commitment for a more gentle family show, a reboot of ABC’s “The Wonder Years,” about a Black family in Alabama in the late ’60s. He helmed Paramount’s 2021 biographical drama “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” starring Andra Day as the legendary jazz singer when she was caught up in a narcotics sting. Over the pandemic, he took part in AMPAS’ virtual “Academy Dialog” panel discussions, sharing his experiences as a Black gay man in the industry.

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
  • 10 Producers to Watch
  • TV Producers Impact
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Lee Daniels and Tucker Tooley on Their Long Partnership, ‘Concrete Cowboy’ and When to Say No

Lee Daniels and Tucker Tooley on Their Long Partnership, ‘Concrete Cowboy’ and When to Say No

Hollywood is full of filmmaking collectives -- camps of creative people who met at the bottom and carry each other, hopefully, to great heights.Particularly sacred (and occasionally fraught) is the relationship between producer and director, a delicate balance of trust and honesty. Approaching nearly 20 years in that dynamic are Oscar nominee Lee Daniels and producer Tucker Tooley.Having met in the early aughts, the pair just released the Golden Globe-winning "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" at Hulu, and is...

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