The Producers Guild of America has selected Ryan Murphy as the recipient of its 2018 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.
Murphy will receive the award at the 29th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 20 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. He has won four Emmys, two PGA Awards, and was the recipient of the PGA’s 2014 Stanley Kramer Award for his work on the Emmy-winning television movie “The Normal Heart.”
Murphy is also the creative force behind “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” “Feud: Bette and Joan,” “Nip/Tuck,” and “Glee.” He recently wrapped production on “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” starring Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, and Ricky Martin, which will premiere on FX in early 2018.
Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal made the announcement Tuesday.
“Being a prolific producer is itself an achievement,” they said. “But it takes a truly unique talent like Ryan Murphy to forge a producing career that touches so many different genres — from horror, to comedy, to musicals, to fact-based drama — and infuse them all with such distinctive voice and passion. In addition to his many other credits, Ryan is even a former producer of the Producers Guild Awards itself, which makes the opportunity to honor him this year even more special.”
James L. Brooks was the 2017 recipient of the PGA’s Norman Lear Award. Previous honorees include Shonda Rhimes, Mark Gordon, Chuck Lorre, J.J. Abrams, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Lorne Michaels, David L. Wolper, Aaron Spelling, Carsey/Werner/Mandabach, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Mark Burnett, and Norman Lear.
Murphy also created “Scream Queens” and wrote and directed the feature films “Running with Scissors,” starring Annette Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow, and “Eat, Pray, Love,” starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem.