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Lesli Linka Glatter Honored by American Film Institute

The American Film Institute has selected director/producer Lesli Linka Glatter as the recipient of its 2016 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal.

Glatter is an alumna of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, and has worked on such TV series as “Homeland,” “Mad Men” and “Twin Peaks.”

The award is given to an AFI alum who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner, says AFI: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television. The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams in Hollywood on June 9.

Glatter has also been involved in the series “Freaks and Geeks,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Justified,” “The Walking Dead,” “The West Wing,” “The Leftovers,” “The Newsroom” and “Ray Donovan.”

Glatter’s honors include four Emmy Award nominations, a Producers Guild of America Award nomination as well as six Directors Guild of America Award nominations and two wins for her work on “Homeland” and “Mad Men.”

Her AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women film “Tales of Meeting and Parting” was nominated for an Academy Award for best live-action short in 1985. Glatter made her feature directorial debut in 1995 with “Now and Then,” starring Melanie Griffith, Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell and Rita Wilson.

“Homeland” is set to return for its sixth season in the fall. Glatter is also directing and executive-producing “Six,” a pilot about Navy SEAL Team Six for the History Channel.

The recipients of the Schaffner Medal include Darren Aronofsky, Anne Garefino, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński (“Bridge of Spies”), David Lynch and Wally Pfister.

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