Lesli Linka Glatter elected second woman president in history of Directors Guild of America

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Lesli Linka Glatter [Courtesy photo]

Lesli Linka Glatter, known for helming episodes of acclaimed television series like “Mad Men” and “Homeland,” has been elected just the second woman elected president of the Directors Guild of America.

“I am honored to have been chosen by my peers to serve as president, and am committed to continuing our Guild’s great legacy of protecting the economic and creative rights of our members — always with our eye on the future” said Glatter in a statement.

Martha Coolidge (“Real Genius,” “Valley Girl”) was the first female president of the DGA, serving in the post from 2002 to 2003.

Glatter, who joined the DGA in 1985, has been on the guild’s National Board since 2003, most recently serving as first vice-president, and before that as fifth vice-president, according to a news release. She was also on the historic COVID-19 Return to Work Committee, which established safety protocols that got the industry back up and running.

Glatter will follow Thomas Schlamme (“The West Wing”), who leaves the position after serving two terms.

“It has been a tremendous privilege serving as president over these past four years. And I am equally proud and thrilled to pass this baton into Lesli’s extraordinarily capable hands,” Schlamme said in a statement. “Lesli is a powerful force in the industry, and she’s brought that same energy to the service she’s dedicated to our guild over the past two decades fighting for our members’ rights. She is so uniquely suited to lead us into the future.”

A director of film, network and premium cable television drama, with both pilots and episodes to her credit, her TV work includes “The Morning Show,” “Homeland,” “The Newsroom,” “The Walking Dead,” “Justified,” “Ray Donovan,” “Masters of Sex,” “True Blood,” “Mad Men,” “The Leftovers,” “The Good Wife,” “The West Wing,” “NYPD Blue,” “ER,” “Freaks and Geeks” and “Twin Peaks.”

She has directed numerous pilots, including “Gilmore Girls,” “Pretty Little Liars” and “SIX.”

Her films include “Now and Then,” “The Proposition” and “State of Emergency,” the latter for HBO. She is currently attached to direct the feature adaptation of “Ashley’s War” for Universal Pictures.

Glatter has been a producing director for the last 20 years, and most recently was the executive producer and director of the award-winning series “Homeland.”

She began her directing career through the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, in which her film “Tales of Meeting and Parting” was nominated for an Oscar.

In addition, she has been nominated for eight DGA Awards, most recently winning her third DGA Award for helming the “Homeland series finale” after winning twice before for “Mad Men” and “Homeland.

Glatter has received eight Emmy nominations and was nominated for a Humanitas Award for “State of Emergency.” She has received the Caucus Foundation Award, the Dorothy Arzner Directing Award from Women in Film and the Franklin Schaffner Award from the American Film Institute, as well as an honorary degree from the American Film Institute.

She is currently developing projects for Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Epix and HBO.

Plus, Glatter recently signed a first-look deal with Universal Television and formed Backyard Pictures with her producing partner, Cheryl Bloch. She is currently directing and executive producing “Love and Death,” written by David E. Kelley and starring Elizabeth Olsen, for HBO Max.

Along with her work at the DGA, she serves on the executive committee of the directors branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and as an advisor at the Sundance Institute’s Director’s Lab. She has been committed to mentoring for many years, including for the DGA Director Development Initiative, and most recently helped develop the successful NBC program Female Forward.

Prior to her work as a director, Glatter was a modern dance choreographer who worked throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S.


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