Lesli Linka Glatter: From chance meeting in a coffee shop to prolific TV director

Lesli Linka Glatter is one of the most prolific television directors around. She's received seven Emmy nominations, won two Directors Guild Awards and even received an Oscar nomination.

Her work includes "Homeland," for which she also serves as an executive producer, as well as "Twin Peaks," "Mad Men," "The West Wing," "Gilmore Girls" and even "Freaks and Geeks."

As part of the Female Forward Initiative, she's actively opening the door for other female directors to advance in their own careers.

Lesli received the The Dorothy Arzner award in 2016 from Women In Film, an award that recognizes the important role female directors play in both film and television. Claire Danes introduced the director on stage, and revealed that one of Lesli's many nicknames on set is "LL Cool G."

As all good stories begin, you could say Lesli's began with a conversation with a stranger at a coffee shop in Japan, who told her, "Meeting was the beginning of parting."

She joined me on Olympic & Bundy to talk about her modern dance background, the person she met in Japan that ultimately led her to change paths, her first short film that got her an Oscar nomination and noticed by Steven Spielberg, directing and the environment she likes to create on set, reinventing each season of "Homeland" and more.

Listen to the full episode with Lesli Linka Glatter on May 27!

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