Craig Laurence Rice is a long-established educator, diverse entertainment executive, and award-winning producer and director who is nationally recognized for his distinguished career in the television and film industries. His work has been nominated for four Emmy Awards, an NAACP Award, and several other honors. He is on the faculty of McNally Smith College of Music, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and has taught at Minneapolis Media Institute, and Perpich Center for the Arts. He has also worked in the music industry as a manager working with a number of international recording artists, including Bobby Brown, Taj Mahal, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, and World Voices.
Previous credits include executive producer on the nationally syndicated series Million Dollar Idea, producer for the 90-minute PBS variety show A Prairie Home Companion 30th, producer for New Dramas for Television for The Eugene O’ Neill Theater Center, and executive producer and director for the feature-length documentary Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks for HBO, which was nominated for three Emmy awards and an NAACP Image Award. As a commercial award-winning director, Rice has helmed spots for clients such as Amoco, Nike, Target, Kraft, the United Way, McDonald’s, and the Partnership for Drug Free America. He has also directed dozens of music videos with artists such as Prince, Patti LaBelle, and Sounds of Blackness. He is currently developing a television series titled The Black Panthers.