Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
He made his directorial debut with She’s Gotta Have It (1986), and has since directed such films as Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992), The Original Kings of Comedy(2000), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), and most recently Chi-Raq (2015). Lee has acted in ten of his own films.
Lee’s movies have examined race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has received two Academy Award nominations, a Student Academy Award and an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and won numerous other awards, including an Emmy Award and the 2013 Gish Prize. [Wikipedia.com]
I was a younger cat when I got into advertising. It started back in 1988 when I directed Michael Jordan for Nike.
From that day on, I was hooked.
Shooting that first series of spots, with one of the greatest athletes ever, opened up a whole new world for me.
I knew my insight as an independent filmmaker would prove useful for connecting brands to audiences they hadn’t considered.
I knew the real opportunity was with those whose tastes and traditions weren’t represented in mainstream advertising.
The ones who keep culture moving and evolving in a progressive direction. The ones creating the new archetypes for the 21st century.
We call them The New Americana.
Today, you find The New Americana everywhere but never in such a dynamic variety as you’ll find in my favorite borough…
the county of Kings, Brooklyn. There’s no place like it and that’s why they come. From Basquiat to Biggie,
from Streisand to Stanwyck, its been a beacon for visionaries, folks all around the world looking to make their mark on the world.
This is what inspired me to partner with DDB Worldwide back in 1997 and start my own agency.
We aspire to work with brands who believe their products and services can enrich the lives of people. Who want to have a conversation
with people who can set the tone of a future that is better, faster and smarter than it is today.
Simply, we want to help these brands change the world.
I’m Spike and we are Spike DDB.
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