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SPIKE LEE (Director/Producer) has established himself as one of Hollywood's most important and influential Filmmakers in the past decade. Lee is curently completing is thirteenth film, "Bamboozled" which stars Damon Wayans, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Tommy Davidson and Savion Glover. His most recent film is "Summer of Sam," starring John Leguizumo and Mira Sorvio. His other recent films include "Girl 6," and "Get on the Bus." These movies follow some of his most critically acclaimed films, "Malcolm X" and "Do the Right Thing."

In 1986, his debut film, the independently produced comedy, "She's Gotta Have It," earned him the Prix de Jeanesse Award at the Cannes Film festival and set him at the forefront of the Black New Wave in American Cinema.

"School Daze," his second feature, was not only highly profitable, but also helped launch the careers of several black actors. Lee's timely 1989 film, "Do the Right Thing," garnered an Academy Award nomination for the Best Original Screenply and Best Film & Director Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association . Lee's "Jungle Fever," "Mo' Better Blues," "Clockers" and "Crooklyn" -- were also critically well received.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Brooklyn, Lee returned to attend Morehouse College. After graduation, he returned to Brooklyn to continue his education at New York university's Tisch School of the Arts in Manhattan where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in film production. Lee then founded 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks based in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn , where he has resided since childhood.

In addition to his achievements in feature films, Lee has produced and directed numerous music videos for such diverse artists as Miles Davis, Chaka Khan, Tracy Chapman, Anita Baker, Public Enemy, Bruce Hornsby, and Michael Jackson. His other music videos include work for the late Phyliss Hyman, Naughty by Nature, and Arrested Development.

Lee's commercial work began in 1988 with his Nike Air Jordan campaign. Collaborating with basketball great Michael Jordan on seven commercials, Lee resurrected his popular character, Mars Blackmon from "She's Gotta Have It." He also completed a PSA for UNICEF which also features Michael Jordan called, Two Michaels. Lee is also well-known for his Levi's Button-Fly 501, AT&T, and ESPN television commercials. Other commercial ventures include TV spots for Phillips, American Express, Snapple and Taco Bell, just to name a few. Lee has also directed several Art Spot Shorts for MTV and a short film featuring Branford Marsalis and Diahnne Abbott for "Saturday Night Live." Lee is also diversely involved in documentaries and sports programs having completed the Emmy and Oscar nominated documentary "4 Little Girls," for HBO and receiving and Emmy Award for his piece on Georgetown's John Thompson for HBO/Real Sports. Additionally, Lee has authored six books on the making of his films: the fifth book, Five For Five, Served as a pictorial reflection of his first five features. Most recently he has authored a new book entitled Best Seat in the House with Ralph Wiley.

Ever moving into new areas, Lee has combined his extensive creative experience into yet another venture: partnering wih DDB Needham, he has created Spike/DDB -- a full service agency -- that will concentrate on the urban/ethnic market.

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