Not entirely film related – although it’s all storytelling, isn’t it? – it’s worth noting that Spike Lee and Catherine Hughes (founder and chief of Radio One, parent company of TV One) were both inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame, at a ceremony that was held 2 weeks ago, April 20th (I’m only just learning about this), in New York City.
Celebrating its 66th edition, the American Advertising Federation’s annual Advertising Hall of Fame observance honors “the extraordinary men and women who have made significant contributions to advertising and society. Each has helped raise the standards and level of professionalism in the industry, while inspiring and mentoring future generations, laying the groundwork that encourages us all to strive for excellence.”
Of special note, Catherine Hughes’ induction makes her the very first black woman to be inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame – an institution that’s been in existence since 1948, by the way! This impresses just how significant Hughes’ honor is.
She was also the first African American woman to chair a publicly held corporation, when Radio One went public in 1999. TV One is co-owned by Radio One and Comcast. Although it may be just a matter of time before Radio One buys out Comcast’s share, and owns TV One outright – something Radio One executives have said are in the company’s plans.
And in case you weren’t already aware, Spike doesn’t just direct feature films; he’s been the man behind many advertising campaigns, starting in the late 1980s, with the classic Nike “Air Jordan” campaign with Michael Jordan. In 1997, he launched his advertising agency, Spike DDB, a joint venture with Omnicom Group’s DDB Worldwide.
Ad Age (Advertising Age) magazine spoke to Spike about in a taped interview that was published this afternoon, in which the filmmaker talked about his induction, as well as diversity in advertising, affecting change in the business, and more. He was asked about his latest feature film effort, “Chiraq,” which has already drawn controversy, if only because of its title; but, as expected, Spike reveals nothing.