Writer, Director Alek KeshishianMarch 14 2011 at 1:17 PM
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Writer, Director Alek Keshishian
King Edward VIII gave up his crown in 1936 in order to marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite. The romance started while Simpson, a divorcee, was still married to her second husband, Ernest Aldrich Simpson, creating a major, royal scandal. The British Government opposed the union, not expecting King Edward to abdicate the British Empire for love. Once married, the couple became the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. It would have been fascinating if Simpson had written a book for those wishing to catch a king; however we can look forward to the movie W.E., co-written by Madonna and Alek Keshishian, marking Madonnas directorial debut, currently in production.
Alek is an acclaimed film director, writer, and producer whose 1991 film Madonna: Truth or Dare was the highest grossing documentary of its time. He got his start directing iconic music videos for world-famous artists such as Elton John, Bobby Brown, Vanessa Williams, and Madonna. He has directed award-winning commercials for clients like Volkswagen, Coca-Cola, Peugeot, and Max Factor.
Aleks other films include the Warner Bros, drama With Honors, starring Joe Pesci, Brendon Fraser, and Patrick Dempsey; and more recently, Love and Other Disasters for which he served as writer, director, and producer. Love was produced by successful filmmakers Luc Besson and David Fincher, and starred the late Brittany Murphy.
On September 23, 2010 Alek presented the13th Annual Arpa International Film Festivals Career Achievement Award to Cannes Film Festivals Palm dOr winner Serge Avedikian who traveled from Paris to accept the award.
Alek is represented by his sister Aleen Keshishian who is a partner at Brillstein-Grey and is among the top fifty powerful women in the film industry. Aleen represents the likes of Jennifer Anniston, Laura Linney, Orlando Bloom, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Rudd, and Natalie Portman, whom she shares with her cousin Ara Keshishian of Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Aras other clients include Jay Berechel, Kerrie Washington, Antonio Banderas, Peter Krause, Christopher Egan, Katie Holmes, to name a few.
The Keshishian trio Alek, Aleen and Ara, not only hold their distinctive place in the entertainment industry, but also serve as a source of inspiration for the community at large.