The brainchild of filmmaker Danny Lee, CALICO is a 100% BIPOC-owned, award-winning production company + branded agency dedicated to authentic + impactful storytelling through inventive filmmaking. In TV + film, CALICO has produced projects for Hulu, Netflix, Showtime, ESPN, PBS, Spotify, Red Bull TV, Fuse, and Uninterrupted. In branded, CALICO has produced content for Nike, Nissan, Head & Shoulders, Red Bull, adidas, Gatorade, Jaguar, Intel, American Express, Vitamin Water, and McDonald’s. CALICO prides itself on smart storytelling combined with a distinct cinematic style. CALICO is also an MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) certified company.
What was the genesis of CALICO?
In 2000, CALICO was founded to spotlight and protect underserved and culturally sensitive stories, in a very different entertainment climate where anything multicultural was once regarded as niche. This was this story’s inciting incident. This set the wheels in motion for CALICO's first project, the visceral documentary feature Rock Fresh, a candid documentary about graffiti artists making the leap from the street to the mainstream. The film bowed at the AFI Fest in 2004. Shortly thereafter, the film was snapped up by Showtime, where it made its world premiere.
What’s behind the name CALICO?
It stemmed as a shortened version of California Company – CALICO.
What sets CALICO apart from other companies?
We believe story and style should elevate each other organically, not be dissonant as they often tend to be. We put careful thought and take pride in every project we do, whether longform or shortform.
What are the core values of CALICO?
CALICO is about teamwork and community, where diverse viewpoints synthesize to make an impact. A great idea can come from anywhere, and whether you’re a producer or a PA, you may have a thought or perspective that revolutionizes the project.
Since CALICO produces its own original content, are you guys available for production services?
Partnering with studios, brands, and platforms to deliver content is a cornerstone of our company. If you feel we are right for the project, feel free and reach out - firstname.lastname@example.org
I love CALICO‘s work. How can I be down?
We’re always looking to collab with talented people – email@example.com