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Lesli Linka Glatter is a Director of film, network, 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, True Blood, Mad Men, The Leftovers, The Good Wife, The West Wing, NYPD Blue, ER, Freaks and Geeks and Twin Peaks. Lesli has also directed numerous pilots including Gilmore Girls, Pretty Little Liars and SIX. Her films include Now and Then, The Proposition, and HBO’s State of Emergency. Most recently, Lesli was the Executive Producer/Director of the award winning series Homeland, and her next project is The Banker’s Wife, an 8-part mini-series for Amazon. Lesli began her directing career through the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, in which her film Tales of Meeting and Parting was nominated for an Oscar. Lesli has received 7 Emmy nominations, 7 Directors Guild Award nominations, winning twice for Mad Men and Homeland, as well as a Humanitus Award nomination for HBO’s State of Emergency.


  • How everyone in the filmmaking and television business finds their own path into the industry and how the love for storytelling is crucial (3:52)
  • Where to look for internships, which are available at every level, specifically United Talent Agency, but also how there is not just one source to find jobs (5:56)
  • How certain degrees and education experience can be helpful but not necessary in filmmaking and the business of the industry (10:39)
  • How working in a mailroom of a talent industry can still help a young professional connect with agents and producers (11:28)
  • What life experiences help in this field and her suggestion to always find stories, especially when traveling (16:01)
  • What her favorite part of being a director is (18:46)
  • How filmmaking is not glamorous and Lesli’s other difficulties in the industry (20:53)
  • What movies or TV shows most accurately depict parts of the film industry, like Day for Night, The Player, The Assistant and Swimming with Sharks, which depict the dark side of the field and Extras, which Lesli describes as “hilarious” (23:52)
  • If you want to learn more about what Lesli does as a director and how she built her career please check out her main Time4Coffee interview #487

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