Lesli Linka Glatter

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Lesli Linka Glatter
Lesli Linka Glatter.jpg
Glatter in 2015
Born (1953-07-26) July 26, 1953 (age 69)
OccupationTelevision director
TelevisionTwin Peaks
Mad Men

President of the Directors Guild of America
Assumed office
Preceded byThomas Schlamme

Lesli Linka Glatter (born July 26, 1953) is an American film and television director. She is best known for her work on the AMC drama series Mad Men and the Showtime series Homeland, for which she's received eight Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She's also received an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film nomination for Tales of Meeting and Parting (1985).

Life and career[edit]

Glatter was born in Dallas and began her career as a dancer and choreographer. Her early choreography credits include William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A and the music video for Sheila E.'s "The Glamorous Life".[1][2]

Her first film, Tales of Meeting and Parting (1984), produced by Sharon Oreck, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Live Action Short Film category.[3] She made the film as part of the American Film Institute Directing Workshop for Women, of which she is an alumna.

In 1995, Glatter directed her first feature film, Now and Then, a coming-of-age story about four 12-year-old girls during an eventful summer in 1970.[4]

She has made several television films for cable networks, but the majority of her work is in television series. Glatter has received five nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series, for the Mad Men episode "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" (2009), and the Homeland episodes "Q&A" (2012), "From A to B and Back Again" (2014) and "The Tradition of Hospitality" (2015) and "America First" (2016).[5]

In 2018 it was announced that Glatter would serve as chair on the advisory council for NBC's Female Forward. An annual initiative to give ten women directors the opportunity to shadow a director on one of NBC's scripted television series for up to three episodes. The experience concludes with an in-season commitment for each finalist to direct at least one episode of the series they shadow.[6]

On February 5, 2019, it was announced that Glatter will be credited as an executive producer alongside Bruna Papandrea and Charlotte Stoudt in the upcoming Netflix thriller series, Pieces of Her.[7][8][9] More recently, she and Cheryl Bloch launched Backyard Pictures with a first look deal at Universal Television.[10]

In 2021, Glatter was elected president of the Directors Guild of America.[11]

Lesli Linka Glatter is currently the Executive Producer/Director of Love and Death, an HBO limited series written by David E. Kelley and starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jesse Plemons. It airs in April 2023.

Partial filmography[edit]


  • 2016: Dorothy Arzner Directors Award winner[12]
Year Award Category Work Result
1985 Academy Award Best Live Action Short Film Tales of Meeting and Parting Nominated
2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Mad Men - "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency" Nominated
2013 Homeland - "Q&A" Nominated
2015 Homeland - "From A to B and Back Again" Nominated
Outstanding Drama Series Homeland Nominated
2016 Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Homeland - "The Tradition of Hospitality" Nominated
2017 Homeland - "America First" Nominated
2020 Homeland - "Prisoners of War" Nominated
1991 Directors Guild of America Awards Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series Twin Peaks - "Episode 320006" Nominated
2010 Mad Men - "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency Won
2013 Homeland - "Q&A" Nominated
2014 Homeland - "The Star" Nominated
2015 Homeland - "From A to B and Back Again" Won
2016 Homeland - "The Tradition of Hospitality" Nominated
2019 Homeland - "Paean to the People" Nominated
2021 Homeland - "Prisoners of War" Won


  1. ^ Birnbaum, Debra (September 12, 2017). "Lesli Linka Glatter: 'It's Time That This Isn't an Issue Anymore'". Variety. Los Angeles.
  2. ^ "Lesli Linka Glatter". IMDb. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  3. ^ "List Of Academy Award Nominations". Los Angeles Times. February 7, 1985. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  4. ^ "From 'Homeland' to 'Mad Men,' Lesli Linka Glatter calls the shots". Los Angeles Times. January 14, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "Lesli Linka Glatter". Emmys.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016.,
  6. ^ "NBC Sets Advisors, Submission Process for Female Forward Directors Initiative". Variety. January 9, 2018. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Pedersen, Erik (February 5, 2019). "'Pieces Of Her': Netflix Orders Novel-Based Series From Lesli Linka Glatter, Charlotte Stoudt & Bruna Papandrea". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  8. ^ Elise Sandberg, Bryn (February 5, 2019). "Netflix Orders 'Pieces of Her' Thriller Series Based on Novel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "Netflix orders thriller series pieces of her from #1 international bestselling author Karin Slaughter". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 1, 2021). "Lesli Linka Glatter & Cheryl Bloch Launch Production Company With First-Look Deal At Universal Television". Deadline. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  11. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Maddaus, Gene (September 18, 2021). "Lesli Linka Glatter Elected President of Directors Guild of America". Variety. Retrieved September 19, 2021.
  12. ^ "The 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards". Women In Film. Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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