Spike Lee Inducted into AAF’s Hall of Fame

The American Advertising Federation (AAF) inducted Spike Lee, Filmmaker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spike DDB, into the Class of 2015 at the 66th Annual Hall of Fame (AHOF) Gala held in New York City on Monday night. Lee was among nine other legends honored by the advertising industry for their extraordinary achievements in raising the standard for excellence. He accepted the “Golden Ladder” trophy among longtime friends and coworkers at a special Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria.

Lee joins DDB Worldwide’s AAF’s Hall of Fame members Keith Reinhard (2008), Bob Scarpelli (2013) and Bill Bernbach (1977).

Dabo Che, Executive Creative Director of Spike DDB, commented, “We are extremely proud to have our fearless leader inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. He continues to be a source of inspiration to us all—both personally and professionally.”

In addition to Lee, this year’s AHOF inductees include:

Che continued, “We’d also like to give special congratulations to Catherine Hughes for being the first African American woman to be inducted. Considering the Advertising Hall of Fame has been in existence since 1948, we believe this step towards inclusion and diversity is way overdue. ”

Bill Bernbach, the legendary founder of DDB, designed the AAF’s AHOF trophy, which features an inscription by the late Tom Dillon, former President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of BBDO, that he said was inspired by Sir Isaac Newton: “If we can see further, it is because we stand on the rungs of a ladder built by those who came before us.”

Founded as the result of a proposal by the New York Ad Club, the annual program honors, educates and inspires both existing and future advertising professionals. Each year, the president of AAF and chair of the Advertising Hall of Fame appoint a council of judges and its executive committee. Together they select the nominees from the ranks of advertising agencies, media organizations and academic institutions within the United States. Both men and women, living and dead, are considered.

To learn more about the Hall of Fame awards and view all the 2015 inductees, visit: http://advertisinghall.org/index.html

Mark O’Brien President DDB North America

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