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.
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.