About Dan Lindau
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Dan Lindau is a producer and Entertainment/Marketing executive. He is currently producing two documentaries and advising companies on production strategy. He recently was CEO of Taylor James, where he added new services and locations in an effort to prepare the company for sale. This was accomplished in August 2018, as TAG purchased Taylor James outright.
Lindau was Senior Advisor to the Doha Film Institute, where he produced large format films, introduced a national production infrastructure, and restructured the production and grants areas of the Institute.
Previous to his work in Doha, Lindau produced “A Birder’s Guide to Everything”, a feature starring Ben Kingsley that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014, and garnered 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Lindau simultaneously spearheaded a number of start-up ventures including a live event company and a digital laboratory. He was the advertising brand consultant for Pepsi Cola. He continues to produce content of various types.
Until July 2010, he was CEO/Partner of The Crossroads Companies.
With facilities in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London as well as affiliates throughout the world – Crossroads’ roster of the world’s top directors, writers and producers has dominated the advertising and music video industries with award-winning (multiple Gold and Silver Lions at Cannes, MTV Best Music Video of the Year awards, a Grammy, and all of the top acknowledgements awarded to outstanding commercials) work for broadcasters, cable companies, advertising agencies and corporate clients.
Lindau started Crossroads in 1989 and built it, with partner Cami Taylor, into one of the premier commercial production and music video companies in the world.
Noted for recognizing and nurturing talent, Lindau has taken directors from various disciplines and launched them in the commercial marketplace. From Mark Pellington and Tim Pope, who helped define Crossroads, to Jesse Peretz and Bruce Hurwit, who augured in a later generation, new and different thinkers have been the hallmark of Lindau’s career.
Lindau also took young editors such as Paul Kelly, Barney Miller, and Jim Ulbrich and through the 89 brand, developed them into some of the top billing and most sought after names in the business.
As head of the entertainment divisions of Crossroads, Lindau spearheaded content in many areas. He executive produced “May The Best Man Win” for IFC and developed and produced “Snow Angels”, directed by David Gordon Green and distributed by Warner Independent. “Snow Angels” was named one of the 10 best independent films of 2008 by the National Board of Review, as well as garnering numerous other accolades. Crossroads Features also produced “A Love Song for Bobby Long”, starring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson, “Igby Goes Down”, “Jawbreaker”, and numerous other films.
For television, Lindau E.P.’d “Downtown Girls” which ran on MTV, and is finished his first cartoon series, “Jesus and the Dinosaurs” for IFC. Lindau also executive produced “The Cho Show” series for VH1 and “The Upright Citizens Brigade” for Comedy Central.
As a music and live theater producer, Lindau has headed events from David Bowie’s 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden, subsequent television special and dvd release, to the Kenneth Branagh penned play “Public Enemy” in Dublin, to events featuring The Pointer Sisters, David Byrne, Charlotte Mormon and hundreds of others, ranging from pop to classical..
The 90’s found Lindau launching new groups working under the Crossroads umbrella: 89 Edit, Headlight Design & Graphics, and Crossroads Branding and Promotion. From the strategy and design of network launches to editorial and effects for top brands, these companies each attained leadership positions in their respective industries.
Lindau has been recognized by his peers as Chairman of the AICP show at the Museum of Modern Art and had Crossroads consistently named among the top companies in yearly reviews. He was on the Board of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. He participates in numerous charitable endeavors, some of which have been: The Fresh Air Fund, Forge, Filmaid, Ubuntu Africa, and The Horace Greeley Scholarship Fund. He is on the advisory boards of NFP theaters The Jacob Burns Film Center and Pelham Picture House. He has lectured at numerous film schools and industry events.