October 31, 2011 4:03pm PT by Gregg Kilday
Don Mischer to Receive the PGA's Norman Lear Achievement in Television Award
Don Mischer will have to plan his schedule so that he can take a night off from planning the 84th Academy Awards, which he is producing with Brett Ratner, to attend the Producers Guild of America’s 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards, where he will be honored with the 2012 Norman Lear Achievement in Television.
Mischer’s specialty is producing and directing live events – his credits range from Olympics opening ceremonies to SuperBowl halftime shows to the Oscars – and the recognition from the PGA markes the first time the Norman Lear award has been given to a live television producer.
He’ll be presented with the award at the The PGA Awards ceremony, set for Jan. 21 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“Don Mischer is an extraordinarily talented producer whose work is amongst the best and most watched entertainment in the world,” Producers Guild Awards co-chairs Paula Wagner and Michael Manheim said. “His ability to consistently deliver live event productions of the highest caliber is unmatched in this industry. We look forward to honoring Don for his remarkable achievements.”
Previous recipients have included Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, Bud Yorkin, Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, David L. Wolper, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Mark Burnett and Norman Lear, and Mischer said, “I am extremely honored to join the company of so many legendary names that have been presented with this accolade. I am thankful to the Guild for this exciting recognition.”
Mischer has been honored with 15 Emmy Awards, a record ten Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting and Europe’s Golden Rose of Montreux.
He has worked on such shows as We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial; The Kennedy Center Honors; the 100thAnniversary of Carnegie Hall; several Super Bowl halftime shows (Michael Jackson, Prince, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen); the Democratic National Convention; events celebrating Hong Kong’s re-unification with China, and the Opening Ceremonies of both the Winter and Summer Olympic Games.