Lesli Linka Glatter (sometimes credited as Leslie Linka Glatter) began as a dancer and choreographer before becoming a film director. She directed the The Walking Dead episode, "The Suicide King" for AMC.
Her first film, Tales of Meeting and Parting (1984), jointly directed with Sharon Oreck, was nominated for an Academy Award in the Live Action Short Film category. She has made several television films for cable networks, but the majority of her work is in television series.
Lesli Linka Glatter began her directing career through American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. Her first short film, Tales of Meeting and Parting (1985), was nominated for an Academy Award as well as winning numerous awards in festivals throughout the country.
Glatter made her feature film directorial debut with New Line's successful coming-of-age comedy Now and Then (1995) featuring Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, Rosie O'Donnell and Christina Ricci. She also directed HBO's much-acclaimed State of Emergency (1994) (TV), which received a Cable ACE nomination for Best Picture as well as a nomination for the Humanitas award. Her other HBO films include Into the Homeland (1987) (TV) and Vietnam War Story II (1988) (V) (segment: The Promise). Glatter's most recent film was the romantic period The Proposition (1998), starring Kenneth Branagh, Madeleine Stowe and William Hurt. She just signed on to direct the New Regency film Belle of the Ball.
In addition to her film accolades, Lesli has made a name for herself in television. She directed HBO's "True Blood" (2008) as well as her 6th episode of "Mad Men" (2007). In 2010, Lesli was nominated for an Emmy for directing Mad Men, as well as winning the Directors Guild Award for the same episode. Lesli has directed multiple episodes of "The Good Wife" (2009), "Weeds" (2005), House (2004), "Heroes" (2006/II),"The Closer" (2005), "The Mentalist" (2008), and NBC's miniseries "Revelations" (2005), as well as Aaron Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (2006), and numerous episodes of "The West Wing" (1999), "Third Watch" (1999), "NYPD Blue" (1993), "Brooklyn South" (1997), and "ER" (1994). She has also directed multiple episodes of the critically commended "Freaks and Geeks" (1999), Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" (1985), and "Twin Peaks" (1990), for David Lynch, where she received a Director's Guild Nomination. In addition to her episodic experience, Lesli has also directed several pilots including "Gilmore Girls" (2000), for Warner Brothers Television, In My Life (2002) for Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope and the WB, and Newton (2003) (TV) for Joel Silver and Warner Bros. Television for UPN.
Lesli directed the pilot as well as the season finale of "Pretty Little Liars" (2010) for ABC Family, which has just been picked up for its third season. She also directed the ABC pilot, Grace (2011) (TV). As well, Lesli was the Co-Executive Producer/Director of Shawn Ryan's series for Fox TV, The "The Chicago Code" (2011), and Co-Executive Producer/Director of "The Playboy Club" (2011). This summer, Lesli will return to "True Blood" (2008) and then to direct Kelsey Grammer's show, "Boss" (2011).
Currently, Lesli is in development on numerous film and television projects through her production company, Whatever Lola Wants Productions. In addition, Lesli presently serves on the American Film Institute's Education and Training Board, the Western Director's Council of the Director's Guild of America, and is a Board Member of the Director's Guild of America. Lesli has been an advisor at the Sundance Director's Lab and is also a member of The Trusteeship.
Prior to her work as a director, Glatter was a modern dance choreographer working throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. Lesli lives in Los Angeles with her husband Clayton Campbell, a fine artist and Co-Director of the 18th Street Arts Center, and their son, Nick.