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Ali Selim

Ali Selim

Ali Selim is an American television director.

BiographyEdit

Selim was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul. After working briefly in feature-film production, he won an assignment from his alma mater to direct a recruiting film, for which he earned an award at the New York Film Festival. From there, Selim entered the commercial industry, first as a producer, then as a director. He became closely associated with Milwaukee agency McDonald-Davis, which allowed him to found his own production company, called Departure Films. The venture was an immediate success; Selim worked constantly, directing an average of more than a hundred TV spots per year.

In 1991, at the age of 30, Selim won a Gold Lion Award at the Cannes Film Festival for a commercial that he directed for both the YMCA and Minneapolis agency Clarity Coverdale. The success of that TV spot brought Selim national attention and led to his signing by a prominent New York production company called Giraldi/Suarez. Two years later, Selim joined Chicago-based The Story Companies, where he racked up credits for such national advertisers as Coke, McDonald's, Miller Lite, Blockbuster Video, Reebok, and Citibank. Selim later entered the entertainment industry, becoming a director, writer, and producer.

Criminal MindsEdit

Selim directed the Season Six episode Today I Do, his only episode for Criminal Minds to date.

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