Born & raised in Los Angeles to Korean immigrants, Danny Lee is an award-winning director, writer, and producer, known for sharp storytelling and a distinct visual style. Lee is known for The Story of Air Max, 30 for 30: Friedman’s Shoes, and Road to Brooklyn. In 2004, Lee made his debut with the critically acclaimed Rock Fresh, a candid documentary about graffiti artists making the leap to commercial art. Variety singled it out as one of the films to watch at AFI Fest, while making its world premiere on Showtime.
Currently, Lee is working with Conde Nast on 26.2, a feature drama he wrote and is directing, adapted from the GQ article Inside the San Quentin Marathon; directing and producing a feature doc on tennis icon Stan Smith with the SpringHill Company. In scripted television, Lee is in development on a dark comedy inspired by the Korean-American experience. Previously in scripted, Lee directed the Lionsgate feature comedy Public Disturbance with Mike Tyson; and created, wrote and directed The Clinic on Hulu. In commercials, Lee just directed The Story of Dunk for Nike. Previously in doc, Lee directed and executive produced Defining Moments on Hulu; After the Raves on Netflix; and The Cook Up with Ghetto Gastro on Spotify. Lee also executive produced the critically acclaimed primetime PBS docuseries Breaking Big which one the Best Informational Program at the Imagen Awards.
Lee has also directed and produced commercial campaigns for Nike, Nissan, Head & Shoulders, Red Bull, Adidas, Intel, Gatorade, McDonald’s, and American Express, Jaguar and more. For Nissan and ESPN, his branded series With Dad won the Best Branded Series at the Cynopsis Awards. 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. Lee was featured in Paper Magazine’s 10th Annual Beautiful People issue, highlighting him as a filmmaker to watch. Lee and his work have also been featured in the New York Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, HuffPost, Salon, GQ, and LA Weekly. Lee was also the winner of the Korean Film Council Filmmakers Lab for his feature film script Winter War. Lee is a member of the Director’s Guild of America.