Lesli Linka Glatter is a director of film, network, cable, and premium cable television drama, with both pilots and episodes to her credit. Lesli’s TV work includes “Homeland,” “The Newsroom,” “The Walking Dead,” “Justified,” “Ray Donovan,” “Masters of Sex,” “Nashville,” “Boss,” “True Blood,” “Mad Men,” “The Good Wife,” “Weeds,” “House,” “Heroes,” “The West Wing,” “NYPD Blue,” “ER,” and “Freaks and Geeks,” to name a few. Her first series was Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” followed by “Twin Peaks”, for which she received her first Directors Guild Award nomination. Lesli has also directed numerous pilots including “Grace,” “Gilmore Girls,” “In My Life,” “Newton,” and “Pretty Little Liars”. In addition, Lesli was the Co-Executive Producer/Director of Shawn Ryan’s “The Chicago Code”, NBC’s “The Playboy Club”, John Wells’ “Citizen Baines”, HBO’s “The Leftovers” and was the Executive Producer/Director of “Homeland” Seasons 3, 4, 5 ,6 and now 7. Lesli directed “SIX”, a pilot written by William Broyles (Apollo 13, Castaway) about “Seal Team Six” which was just renewed for Season 2. She directed the pilot “Law and Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” starring Edie Falco, Josh Charles and Heather Graham.
Lesli began her directing career through American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. Her short film Tales of the Meeting and Parting was nominated for an Academy Award, as well as winning numerous awards in festivals throughout the country.
Lesli made her feature film directorial debut with New Line’s coming-of-age comedy Now and Then, featuring Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rosie O’Donnell and Christina Ricci, followed by Polygram’s romantic period drama The Proposition, featuring Kenneth Branagh, Madeleine Stowe and William Hurt. She directed HBO’s “State of Emergency,” for which she received a Cable ACE nomination for Best Picture, as well as a Humanitas Award nomination. Lesli’s other HBO films include Into the Homeland and The Promise.
In 2010, Lesli was nominated for an Emmy for directing the “Mad Men” episode “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency,” as well as winning a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Dramatic Series for the same episode. In 2013, she was nominated for her third Directors Guild Award for the “Homeland” episode “Q&A” as well as an Emmy nomination for the same episode. In 2013, Lesli was nominated for her fourth Director’s Guild Award for the season finale of “Homeland,” “The Star”. In 2015, Lesli won the Director’s Guild Award for the “Homeland” episode “From A to B and Back Again” and received her 3rd Emmy nomination. Lesli was just nominated for her 6th DGA Award for the “Homeland” episode “The Tradition of Hospitality” as well as her 4th Emmy nomination. Most recently, Lesli received her 5th Emmy nomination for the “Homeland” Season Finale “America First.”
Lesli currently serves as the 5th Vice President of the Directors Guild of America, is on the DGA’s Western Directors Council, the PAC Leadership Council, as well as being an advisor at the Sundance Directors Lab. She was just asked to serve on the Executive Committee of the Directors Branch of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Lesli recently received the Caucus Foundation Award, the Dorothy Arzner Directing Award from Women in Film and the Franklin Schaffner Award from the American Film Institute.
Prior to her work as a director, Lesli was a modern dance choreographer, working throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States.