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Director, Writer & Producer Known for "Precious" and "Empire"; Creator of Lee Daniels Entertainment

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Lee Daniels Biography

Lee Daniels is a widely recognized director, writer, and producer in both film and television. His credits include the critically-acclaimed box office hit Lee Daniels’ The Butler and the Oscar-nominated Precious, based on the novel by Sapphire, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Achievement in Directing. His other feature directing credits include Shadowboxer and The Paperboy, in addition to producing Monster’s Ball. In 2015 Daniels expanded his influence into the world of television by co-creating Fox’s mega hit series "Empire." He is also currently working on his television series "Star," under his deal at Fox.

Daniels was the first African American to be nominated for a Director's Guild of America Award for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film" on behalf of Precious. The film won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, only the third film in Festival history to do so. It was also nominated for three Golden Globe awards including "Best Picture Drama," and was nominated for eight NAACP Image Awards, six of which it won, in categories including "Outstanding Motion Picture" and "Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Theatrical or Television.” The film also garnered a total of five 2010 Independent Spirit Awards, including "Best Feature” and "Best Director.”

Shadowboxer marked Daniels’ directorial debut. Following the film's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Daniels was also nominated for the New Directors Award at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival.

Daniels’ production company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, made its feature film debut with Monster's Ball, making Daniels the sole African-American producer of an Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated film. Daniels also produced The Woodsman, which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. The film received the CICAE Arthouse Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the Deauville International Film Festival, and Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.

In 2012, Daniels released The Paperboy, which he wrote, directed, and also produced. The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, David Oyelowo and Nicole Kidman, is based on the 1995 novel by Pete Dexter that centers on a reporter (McConaughey) and his younger brother (Efron), who investigate the events surrounding a murder to exonerate a man on death row (Cusack). The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and was released by Millennium Entertainment.

Daniels is also a co-creator, executive producer, and director of the television series Empire and Star, which debuted in 2015 and 2016, respectively. In 20201, he directed and produced "The United States vs. Billie Holiday", featuring Golden-Globe Award winner Andra Day.

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  • Breaking Ground as an African American in Hollywood

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  • How do I book Lee Daniels to speak at my event?

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  • What are the speaker fees for Lee Daniels

    Speaking fees for Lee Daniels, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Lee Daniels are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Lee Daniels, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Lee Daniels speak about?

    Lee Daniels is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Arts & Humanities, Diversity Speakers, Entertainment, LGBTQ, Producers and Directors, Reality TV Stars, Television Stars, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Lee Daniels travel from?

    Lee Daniels generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Lee Daniels’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Lee Daniels for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lee Daniels for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Lee Daniels or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Director, Writer & Producer Known for "Precious" and "Empire"; Creator of Lee Daniels Entertainment

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Lee Daniels Biography

Lee Daniels is a widely recognized director, writer, and producer in both film and television. His credits include the critically-acclaimed box office hit Lee Daniels’ The Butler and the Oscar-nominated Precious, based on the novel by Sapphire, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture and Best Achievement in Directing. His other feature directing credits include Shadowboxer and The Paperboy, in addition to producing Monster’s Ball. In 2015 Daniels expanded his influence into the world of television by co-creating Fox’s mega hit series "Empire." He is also currently working on his television series "Star," under his deal at Fox.

Daniels was the first African American to be nominated for a Director's Guild of America Award for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film" on behalf of Precious. The film won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, only the third film in Festival history to do so. It was also nominated for three Golden Globe awards including "Best Picture Drama," and was nominated for eight NAACP Image Awards, six of which it won, in categories including "Outstanding Motion Picture" and "Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture, Theatrical or Television.” The film also garnered a total of five 2010 Independent Spirit Awards, including "Best Feature” and "Best Director.”

Shadowboxer marked Daniels’ directorial debut. Following the film's world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Daniels was also nominated for the New Directors Award at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival.

Daniels’ production company, Lee Daniels Entertainment, made its feature film debut with Monster's Ball, making Daniels the sole African-American producer of an Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated film. Daniels also produced The Woodsman, which was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. The film received the CICAE Arthouse Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the Deauville International Film Festival, and Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.

In 2012, Daniels released The Paperboy, which he wrote, directed, and also produced. The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Cusack, David Oyelowo and Nicole Kidman, is based on the 1995 novel by Pete Dexter that centers on a reporter (McConaughey) and his younger brother (Efron), who investigate the events surrounding a murder to exonerate a man on death row (Cusack). The film premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and was released by Millennium Entertainment.

Daniels is also a co-creator, executive producer, and director of the television series Empire and Star, which debuted in 2015 and 2016, respectively. In 20201, he directed and produced "The United States vs. Billie Holiday", featuring Golden-Globe Award winner Andra Day.

Lee Daniels Speaking Topics

  • Breaking Ground as an African American in Hollywood

Lee Daniels Videos

  • Film Keynote: Lee Daniels – SXSW 2017
    Lee Daniels is a widely recognized director, writer, producer, and philanthropist in both the film and television space. He is perhaps best known for...
  • Bullied, Called Names and Beaten: Lee Daniels Recalls Growing Up Gay
    Bullied, Called Names and Beaten: Lee Daniels Recalls Growing Up Gay SUBSCRIBE to Larry King's YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/131HuYM Lee...

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  • How do I book Lee Daniels to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Lee Daniels for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Lee Daniels, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Lee Daniels or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Lee Daniels

    Speaking fees for Lee Daniels, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Lee Daniels are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Lee Daniels, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Lee Daniels speak about?

    Lee Daniels is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Arts & Humanities, Diversity Speakers, Entertainment, LGBTQ, Producers and Directors, Reality TV Stars, Television Stars, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Lee Daniels travel from?

    Lee Daniels generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Lee Daniels’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Lee Daniels for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lee Daniels for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Lee Daniels or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Lee Daniels is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Breaking Ground as an African American in Hollywood. The estimated speaking fee range to book Lee Daniels for your event is available upon request. Lee Daniels generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Barry Jenkins, Kenya Barris, Spike Lee, F. Gary Gray and Lena Waithe. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lee Daniels for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Lee Daniels Speaking Topics

  • Breaking Ground as an African American in Hollywood

Lee Daniels Speaker Videos

  • Film Keynote: Lee Daniels – SXSW 2017
    Lee Daniels is a widely recognized director, writer, producer, and philanthropist in both the film and television space. He is perhaps best known for the 2013 critically acclaimed box office smash...
    Bullied, Called Names and Beaten: Lee Daniels Recalls Growing Up Gay
    Bullied, Called Names and Beaten: Lee Daniels Recalls Growing Up Gay SUBSCRIBE to Larry King's YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/131HuYM Lee Daniels opens up to Larry King about the struggles he...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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