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Amy Sherman-Palladino To Receive 2019 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television

Wednesday, December 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announces today that celebrated television producer Amy Sherman-Palladino will be honored with the Guild’s 2019 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, recognizing more than 20 years of acclaimed work as a renowned producer, creator, writer, and director. Sherman-Palladino will receive the award at the 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards presented by General Motors 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,” said PGA Presidents Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher. “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.


Amy Sherman-Palladino began her career in the entertainment business as a staff writer on “Roseanne” during the show’s third season, evolving into story editor and supervising producing posts. During her four seasons on “Roseanne,” Sherman-Palladino was nominated for Emmy and Writers Guild Awards and was honored with a Peabody.

In 2000, Sherman-Palladino created the beloved television series “Gilmore Girls,” which ran for seven seasons and went on to become the Warner Brother’s most popular series. As creator, writer, and executive producer, she brought to life the engaging story of a thirty-something single mother (Lauren Graham) running a bed-and-breakfast in a small Connecticut town while raising her teen daughter (Alexis Bledel). The show, with its strong relationships and dense, fast-paced dialogue, earned widespread critical acclaim, with TIME magazine listing “Gilmore Girls” among its “100 Best TV Shows of All Time.”

2016 brought the highly anticipated return of “Gilmore Girls” to Netflix as a four-part miniseries. “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” reunited much of the original cast, tracing the characters’ lives across each season: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Sherman-Palladino served as executive producer, writer and director alongside her husband and longtime collaborator, writer/producer/director Daniel Palladino.

Amy Sherman-Palladino is the executive producer, director, and writer of the Amazon series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The series won eight Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, and Sherman-Palladino made Emmys history with wins for both Comedy Writing and Comedy Directing. In its first season, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” also earned two Golden Globes, two Critics' Choice Awards, and a Peabody Award. The series has been greenlit for a third season.


The Producers Guild of America is a non-profit trade organization which protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. Representing more than 8,000 producers, the PGA works to safeguard the careers of its members and improve the producing community at large by encouraging the enforcement of workplace labor laws and sustainable production practices, creating fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, facilitating health benefits for its membership, and hosting educational opportunities for new and experienced producers alike. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the Producers Guild of America website and follow on social media:

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