Danny Lee is a Creator, Director, Showrunner, and Writer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Danny grew up in both Hancock Park and the Pacific Palisades. Fresh out of UC Santa Barbara with just a camera and computer, Lee made his feature directorial debut with the critically acclaimed ROCK FRESH, a candid documentary about graffiti artists making the leap to commercial art. The film world premiered at the AFI Fest where Variety singled it out as one of the films to watch. The film was snapped up by Showtime and enjoyed a broad DVD release.
In non-scripted he showran/directed ROAD TO BROOKLYN, the award-winning docuseries which followed the storied journey of the Nets to their new home in Brooklyn; the critically acclaimed WITH DAD series for ESPN; BEN BALLER, a hit series on LOUD; music tour series ROAD TRIPPP; the transformation series MISSION MAKEOVER which won a Webby for AOL Studios; and Executive Produced DETROIT RUBBER alongside Eminem. Lee also directed the pilot presentation for CHASING MARIA MENOUNOS, a family docusoap picked up to series on Oxygen. In scripted he created/wrote comedy series THE CLINIC, which is exclusively available on Hulu. Lee also has produced/edited featurettes for television shows LIE TO ME on FOX; MEDIUM, and BLUE BLOODS on CBS, of which he received a Telly Award; and directed TI’s MAKING THE VIDEO for MTV.
Currently, Lee is directing the hybrid comedy JANOSKIANS FEATURE for Lionsgate. In non-scripted, he’s directing/showrunning AFTER THE RAVES, a show he created about the global electronic dance music culture, hosted by Tommie Sunshine for Red Bull TV; he’s directing a new 30 FOR 30 for ESPN; a docuseries called MISGUIDED for Fusion; as well as in development on a slate of shows, including a format for E! In scripted television, he has 3 shows in various stages of development. Features in development include BACKPACKERS and WINTER WAR, the latter was awarded the Best Project Award, along with a cash grant by the Korean Film Council Filmmaker Development Lab. Lee is also active in branded content, producing/directing for global brands that include ESPN, RED BULL, VITAMIN WATER and JAGUAR. For Red Bull, his documentary SKATE OR DIE on high-risk Native American skater kids on the reservation, is now part of the Smithsonian Institute; and ROLL ON ROCKAWAY won a Webby.
Lee was featured in Paper Magazine’s 10th Annual Beautiful People issue, highlighting him as one of the filmmakers to watch. Lee has also been featured in Variety, Hollywood Reporter, GQ, LA Weekly, 944, URB, and Koream; TV appearances on the WB and KJLA. In addition to winning the KOFIC lab, he was also a fellow for Film Independent’s Project: Involve program. Lee cut his teeth at Lionsgate before forming his own company Calico, Inc. Lee is repped by CAA.
What is Calico?
CALICO is an award-winning, next-gen production company that develops and creates original and engaging content for all platforms. In TV, Calico has produced projects for Showtime, Red Bull TV, ESPN, MTV, E!, Fusion, Spike, and Fuse. In digital/branded, Calico has produced projects for Hulu, Red Bull, Jaguar, Vitamin Water, Goldenvoice, Nissan, Gatorade, Scion, and Life+Times. Calico prides itself on telling compelling stories with the utmost cinematic style. Feel free and mosey over to the works and check some of it out.
What was the genesis of Calico?
Calico was founded on a simple principle – never release anything unless it’s fucking fresh. On a cold night in November of 2000, founders and friends Danny Lee and Brent Stangel realized they had all of the resources to create compelling film/video content themselves. Not to mention they went to school for such things. This set the wheels in motion for their first collaboration, the groundbreaking film “Rock Fresh”, a feature documentary about graffiti artists making the leap from the street to the mainstream. The film world premiered at the AFI Fest 2004, and was subsequently sold to Showtime. The film also enjoyed a broad domestic and international DVD release.
How do you guys see the future of entertainment?
People can speculate endlessly. Our viewing practices are certainly changing. But in terms of what we watch, that will always vary. Entertainment is an ebb and flow industry like any other. When people tire of the explosions they’ll go for the independent fare. When every film is an obscure morality tale about why we eat 3 times a day, people will yearn for the popcorn flick. But in all seriousness, the real future lies with the dude from Kansas sticking firecrackers up his ass, being streamed to every device known to man.
What’s your favorite city on Earth?
New York City.
Where are you based out of?
Do you guys work well with people?
What’s behind the name Calico?
It stemmed as a shortened version of California Company – Calico.
Do people like your work?
Any favorite film movements?
The French New Wave, German Expressionism, American Renaissance.
Since Calico produces its own original content, are you guys still for hire?
Inquire and express your needs, and if the project feels like a right fit, we’ll do the rest – firstname.lastname@example.org