Let me set the stage: Spike Lee showed up for our interview dressed for the pages of GQ -- rainbow-colored shoes, a grey coat with bright tie and white shirt, leopard-spotted glasses and a beret. If his vibe sent a signal of accessibility, it would be strictly on his own terms, I soon found out.
My interview got off to a less than auspicious start. "That's not a current quote," he said when I asked him about his observation that advertisers have to slip in the message because consumers don't want ads to dictate to them.
His current thinking is "people seem to be conducive to branded content, long-form instead of the same old 30-second spots. And a lot of these branded pieces, you don't even know who the company is until the credit comes at the end. I've done several of these for Chevrolet and Cadillac."
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