Stacy Spikes

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Stacy Spikes
OccupationCEO and co-founder

Stacy Spikes (born 10 February 1968[citation needed])[1] is an American entrepreneur and former film marketing executive and producer. He is best known as the founding CEO of MoviePass, a subscription-based service for going to the movies in the United States, and founder of the Urbanworld Film Festival.[2][3] Spikes has held senior executive roles at Motown Records, Sony Music Entertainment, Miramax Films, and October Films.[4]


Spikes is from Houston, Texas.[1] In 1985, he relocated to Los Angeles to follow his desire to work in the entertainment industry.[3]


Spikes' career began in 1986 at Motown Records, where he was the product manager for Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder, Spike Lee, Queen Latifah, and Eddie Murphy. In 1990, Spikes joined Sony Music Entertainment and worked on feature film soundtracks for movies including Jungle Fever, Bad Boys, House Party, House Party 2, Prêt-à-Porter, and Darnell Martin's I Like It Like That. In 1994, Spikes became vice president of marketing at Miramax Films. At Miramax, Spikes led marketing campaigns for films including Trainspotting, The Crow: City of Angels, Don’t Be a Menace, Emma and Scream. From 1996–97, Spikes was senior vice president of marketing at October Films.[4]

Spikes founded the Urbanworld Film Festival in 1997.[5] The festival is held annually in New York City.[6]

Spikes launched MoviePass in February 2011 along with co-founder Hamet Watt. In October 2012, the company introduced a new evolution of their business model that uses proprietary location-based payment technology, and provides a secure and independent way for MoviePass members to purchase tickets.[7] He was fired from the company in January 2018 after it was acquired by Helios and Matheson Analytics.[8]


Spikes was the executive producer for Punks, The Visit, King of the Jungle, Higher Ed (2001), For da Love of Money (2002), and the TV movie Urbanworld Film Festival Special (2004).[9]


Spikes was named one of the "25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology"[10] and as part of "THE SILICON ALLEY 100: The Coolest People In New York Tech This Year" in 2012 by Business Insider.[11] Crain's New York named Spikes as one of the "People to watch in Silicon Alley."[12]

He also received a “Made in NY Award” from Mayor Bloomberg in 2011 for his work with the Urbanworld Film Festival.[13]


  1. ^ a b The definitive story of how a controversial Florida businessman blew up MoviePass and burned hundreds of millions. Business Insider. 6 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Company Overview of MoviePass, Inc". Bloomberg Businessweek
  3. ^ a b Williams, Kam (4 June 2009). "Insight with Stacy Spikes". Los Angeles Sentinel. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Stacy Spikes Urbanworld Film Festival, Founder" Archived 2013-04-22 at the Wayback Machine. The Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Conference
  5. ^ Talbert, Marcia Wade (20 September 2010). "WATCH: Urbanworld Film Festival Draws Top Black Talent". Black Enterprise. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Urbanworld About Us" Archived 2013-06-30 at the Wayback Machine. Urbanworld
  7. ^ Tuttle, Brad (2 October 2012). "MoviePass Goes National: Unlimited Trips to the Movies from $25 Per Month". TIME. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  8. ^ The cofounder of MoviePass recounts what led to his firing from the company he'd built from the ground up. Business Insider. 13 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Stacy Spikes Filmography"[dead link]. The New York Times
  10. ^ Rose Dickey, Megan. "The 25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology". Business Insider
  11. ^ Shontell, Alyson. "THE SILICON ALLEY 100: The Coolest People In New York Tech This Year". Business Insider
  12. ^ Messina, Judith. "People to watch in Silicon Alley". Crain's New York Business
  13. ^ "Mayor Bloomberg And Media & Entertainment Commissioner Oliver Present 6th Annual "Made In NY" Awards". The Official Website of the City of New York NYC. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2016.

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