Homeland director Lesli Linka Glatter, whose long roster of credits includes such influential series as Mad Men, Twin Peaks, Gilmore Girls and Freaks and Geeks, will receive the 26th Annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, the organization announced today. The award recognizes American Film Institute alumni “who embody the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.” The 26th annual medal will be presented at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood.
In addition to Homeland‘s season six return next fall, Glatter is directing and executive producing the History Channel’s Six, a pilot about Navy SEAL Team Six. She’ll direct the first two episodes.
Glatter, an alumna of the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women, has earned four Emmy Award nominations, a Producers Guild of America Award nomination, and six Directors Guild of America Award nominations including two wins (Homeland and Mad Men). Her 30-plus year career has also included ER, Justified, The Leftovers, The Newsroom, Ray Donovan, The Walking Dead and The West Wing, among others. Her DWW film Tales of Meeting and Parting was Oscar-nominated for Best Live Action Short in 1985. She made her feature directorial debut in 1995 with Now and Then starring Melanie Griffith, Demi Moore, Rosie O’Donnell and Rita Wilson.
Past recipients of the Schaffner Medal include Darren Aronofsky, Anne Garefino, Terrence Malick, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kamiński, David Lynch and Wally Pfister.