November 29, 2021

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Lesli Linka Glatter Elected President of the Directors Guild

Lesli Linka Glatter Elected President of the Directors Guild

Lesli Linka Glatter Elected President of the Directors Guild

“Love and Death” isn’t the only exciting project on Lesli Linka Glatter’s horizon. Besides directing the upcoming Elizabeth Olsen-starrer for HBO Max, the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated director is adding another significant role to her resume. She was “elected by acclamation by delegates at the [Directors Guild of America’s] national biennial convention on Saturday in Los Angeles,” per The Hollywood Reporter. She’ll be the second woman to hold the post.

“I am honored to have been chosen by my peers to serve as President, and am committed to continuing our Guild’s great legacy of protecting the economic and creative rights of our members — always with our eye on the future,” said Glatter, who has been a member of the Guild since 1985. “And there is nothing that makes me more hopeful about our future than looking around at this formidable, profoundly creative, and incredibly diverse Board representing the future of this industry. I am blown away by their generosity of spirit and dedication to serving their fellow members, even as they juggle such demanding and successful careers. In these times of great technological and cultural change, we stand ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead. And just as we have throughout our 85-year history, together we will prevail.”

Set to serve a two-year term as DGA president, Glatter previously “served on its National Board since 2003 (including as first vice president) and has worked on three Negotiating Committees, including its most recent iteration. She has also been a member or alternate of the Western Directors Council and a member of the PAC Leadership Council and the Creative Rights Committee,” the source details.

Glatter’s new role will see her lead “during negotiations for the union’s next Basic Agreement, which are set for 2023. With the DGA a major part of the coalition of entertainment unions (alongside SAG-AFTRA, IATSE, the Teamsters and the Basic Crafts) that negotiated the return-to-work safety agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, Glatter will also play a role in updating safety protocols as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.”

The DGA represents about 18,600 members.

“Homeland,” “The Walking Dead,” and “Mad Men” are among Glatter’s many small screen credits. She made her feature debut with 1995 coming-of-age classic “Now and Then.”

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