After starting his career as a commercial director, Joe Chappelle wrote and directed his first independent feature, the award-winning Thieves Quartet in 1994. For the last 15 years, he has worked primarily in television. His credits include producer/director on CSI: Miami, co-executive producer/director on the ubiquitously acclaimed The Wire, executive producer/director on Fringe and executive producer/director on Chicago Fire. In 2018, Chappelle wrote and directed the independent feature film, An Acceptable Loss, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter with Colleen Griffen as producer. Most recently, Chappelle serves as executive producer/director on Godfather of Harlem. Premiering September 29, 2019 on EPIX, Godfather of Harlem stars and is executive produced by Oscar® winner Forest Whitaker. Chappelle holds an M.F.A. from Northwestern University and a B.A. from George Washington University.