Amy Sherman-Palladino named recipient of Producers Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award
Amy Sherman-Palladino accepts the award for outstanding directing for a comedy series for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Celebrated television producer Amy Sherman-Palladino will be honored with the Producers Guild of America’s 2019 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. The honor recognizes her more than 20 years of acclaimed work as a producer, creator, writer, and director. Sherman-Palladino will receive the award at the 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards on January 19, 2019, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.

Sherman-Palladino is the producer and mastermind behind the beloved television series “Gilmore Girls,” the Netflix revival “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” and the award-winning breakout hit “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” She earned her first Producers Guild Award in January this year when the Guild’s membership voted for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to win the Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy. Sherman-Palladino also made history at this year’s Emmys® by taking home the awards for both comedy writing and comedy directing, making her the first woman in the awards’ 70-year history to do so.

“Amy Sherman-Palladino is everything you want a TV producer to be. She’s smart, she’s tenacious, she knows the story she wants to tell and how to put together the right team to tell it,” read a joint statement by Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, presidents of the PGA. “Her characters and stories may span different eras, but her sensibility is unique and unmistakable.  Watch any episode from one of her series for just five minutes, and you’ll instantly understand why she’s built such a wide and passionate following.”

Ryan Murphy was the 2018 recipient of the PGA’s Norman Lear Award. Previous honorees include James L. Brooks, 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, himself.


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