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UNIVERSAL PICTURES SIGNS SPIKE LEE TO MULTIYEAR AGREEMENT

 UNIVERSAL PICTURES SIGNS SPIKE LEE TO MULTIYEAR AGREEMENT
 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing a relationship that began with the critically acclaimed box-office hit "Do the Right Thing," Universal Pictures has signed a multiyear agreement with writer-producer-director Spike Lee, it was announced today by Tom Pollock, chairman of the MCA Motion Picture Group, and Casey Silver, president of production for Universal Pictures.
 The terms of the agreement give Universal a first look at all motion picture projects developed by Lee's production company, Forty Acres and A Mule Filmworks, and covers his services as a writer, director, producer and actor. Lee, who is currently in post- production on "Malcolm X" for Warner Bros., will bring the next film he directs to Universal.
 The deal with Universal also provides Lee the opportunity to acquire and produce projects by others. This will give Lee, through Forty Acres, the ability to nurture new filmmaking talent during the term of the agreement.
 "It gives me great pleasure to formalize our personal and professional relationship with Spike Lee," said Pollock. "Spike's complete mastery of the filmmaking process, combined with his passion and unique creative vision, have made him one of the true innovators in the arts. We warmly welcome him and his associates at Forty Acres back to the Universal family."
 "I was away for 'X' but I'm back at Universal," said Lee. "We at Forty Acres and A Mule Filmworks eagerly look forward to the future -- onward and upward."
 "Do the Right Thing," which appeared on more "Top Ten" and "Best Of" lists than any other film in 1989, was also hailed as one of the most important films of the decade. Lee received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay for his script.
 In addition to "Do The Right Thing," Lee has written, produced, directed and starred in "Mo' Better Blues" and "Jungle Fever" for Universal. His other films include "She's Gotta Have It" and "School Daze."
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