The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) announce acclaimed director and producer Mimi Leder will receive the 2024 Cinematic Imagery Award at the 28th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards.
Leder currently serves as the executive producer and director of the hit AppleTV+ series, “The Morning how,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Billy Crudup. Most notably, Leder earned her tenth Emmy® Award nomination for directing the Season 1 finale. “The Morning Show” is the most watched series globally on AppleTV+ and has earned multiple SAG, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice and Emmy awards nominations, and was selected as one of AFI’s 10 best television programs of 2023. She is also the first female graduate of AFI and continues to be a groundbreaking trailblazer for women in the industry.
“I’m honored, humbled and excited to be recognized by the Art Director’s Guild,” says Leder. “The creative relationship with our production designers is not only to create the setting but to convey emotion, character and storytelling, which is the magic that builds these immersive worlds we can dream in, and bring to life.”
The ADG’s Cinematic Imagery Award is given to those whose body of work in the film and television industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the viewer’s experience. Previous recipients include Baz Luhrmann, Jane Campion, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese and George Lucas.
“Mimi Leder is a visionary director and producer, whose collaboration with her art departments demonstrates the heights that we can achieve in filmmaking,” says award show producers Michael Allen Glover, ADG and Megan Elizabeth Bell, ADG. “We’re honored to bestow her with this year’s Cinematic Imagery Award.”
Leder’s additional awards recognition includes two Emmy wins and four nominations, as well as three DGA nominations, for her work on the iconic series ER. She has directed and produced films including On the Basis of Sex, Deep Impact, The Peacemaker and television shows such as The Leftovers, Luck, Shameless and The West Wing.
The 28th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards will take place on Feb. 10, 2024 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom, Ovation Hollywood.