Mindy Kaling to receive the Producers Guild of America’s Norman Lear Achievement Award

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Mindy Kaling appears on “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” in 2019. [Photo by Scott Angelheart/NBC]

The Producers Guild of America will honor trailblazing producer Mindy Kaling with its Norman Lear Achievement Award.

Kaling will receive the award at the 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Feb. 25 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

The Norman Lear Award recognizes a producer or producing team for their extraordinary body of work in television, according to a news release.

“It is such an honor to be asked to receive the Norman Lear Award, a prize named after the prolific and groundbreaking producer I am so inspired by. To be included in this prestigious group of past recipients is humbling, and I’m so grateful to the Producers Guild for this recognition,” said Kaling in a statement.

Previous honorees include Greg Berlanti, Marta Kauffman, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Ryan Murphy, Shonda Rhimes, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Lorne Michaels, Aaron Spelling, David E. Kelley and the eponymous Norman Lear himself.

“Comedy can break boundaries and push culture forward; Mindy Kaling‘s immense contributions to the television comedy landscape are prime examples of this truth,” said Producers Guild of America Presidents Stephanie Allain and Donald De Line in a statement.

“Kaling is known for her trailblazing work on ‘The Office,’ a widely loved and infinitely rewatchable contemporary classic, but it’s her work producing series from diverse female perspectives that is reshaping the industry. From ‘The Mindy Project,’ to ‘Never Have I Ever,’ to ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls,’ Kaling has proven just how much audiences have been craving funny, relatable stories about characters we’ve rarely see as television protagonists. We are so happy to present her with the Norman Lear Award at this year’s PGA Awards ceremony.”

Emmy-nominated writer, producer, New York Times best-selling author, director, actor, and, most recently Tony Award winner, Kaling is considered one of the brightest voices of her generation.

At age 24, Kaling joined the eight-person writing staff of “The Office” as the only woman. During her eight seasons on the show, Kaling served as both producer and executive producer on more than 120 episodes, earning five consecutive nominations for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series. Kaling accomplished this while also starring as Kelly Kapoor, writing 26 episodes (more than any other writer) and directing two episodes.

She has the barrier-breaking honor of being the first woman of color to be Emmy nominated in any writing category.

Following “The Office,” Kaling went on to create, star in, and executive produce “The Mindy Project,” which ran for six seasons, and write, produce and star in her feature film debut, “Late Night.”

Currently, she is creator and executive producer of Netflix’s critically acclaimed series “Never Have I Ever” and the HBO Max hit “The Sex Lives of College Girls.”

In June, “A Strange Loop,” which Kaling produced alongside RuPaul, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Porter and more, won best musical at the Tony Awards, marking her first Tony win.

Her upcoming projects include the sequel film “Legally Blonde 3” and the animated adult-comedy “Scooby-Doo” prequel “Velma.”

The Producers Guild of America includes more than 8,500 producers as the nonprofit trade organization that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media.

Also during its 2023 awards, the Producers Guild also will recognize film producers and Co-Chairs and CEOs of Warner Bros. Pictures Group Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy with the 2023 Milestone Award, the PGA’s most prestigious honor, recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry.

Plus, movie star and film producer Tom Cruise will receive the 2023 David O. Selznick Achievement Award, which honors a producer or producing team for their extraordinary body of work in motion pictures.

-BAM

 

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