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Spike Lee directs MSNBC’s ‘Lean Forward’ campaign

Spike Lee Directs for MSNBC’s ‘Lean Forward’ Campaign \\

MSNBC unveiled a new chapter in its “Lean Forward” campaign this week with a series of videos directed by Spike Lee.
Lee shot hours of footage of each of the network’s prime-time hosts—including Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell—many on location in front of a variety of backgrounds (Maddow is filmed talking about infrastructure in front of the Hoover Dam, for example, and Matthews is seen standing in front of the White House). In each video, which MSNBC executives say were all unscripted, the hosts sound broadly progressive notes on various political topics. “It’s got to be about the people, it can’t always be about the profit,” said Ed Schultz in one clip, filmed at the counter of a coffee shop in his hometown of Norfolk, Va. …more

[via Adweek]

MSNBC Debuts Spike Lee Documentary-Style Ad Spots \\

MSNBC is launching Monday the second phase of its brand campaign under the slogan “Lean Forward” with commercial spots directed by Spike Lee.

Several of the ads star the network’s primetime hosts – Chris Matthews, Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz, but the campaign also includes general ads.

Oscar-nominated Matthew Libatique (Black Swan) serves as director of photography for the campaign. The ads will run on MSNBC and msnbc.com, as well as other NBCUniversal networks and in cinemas during the summer movie season. …more

[via Hollywood Reporter]
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