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J.J. Abrams to Receive Producers Guild's 2013 Norman Lear Award [Abrams Clips]

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 5, 2012 at 2:18PM

The Producers Guild of America will honor J.J. Abrams with the 2013 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, which will be presented to the writer-director-producer at their 24th annual awards ceremony on January 26.
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J.J. Abrams

The Producers Guild of America will honor J.J. Abrams with the 2013 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television, which will be presented to the writer-director-producer at their 24th annual awards ceremony on January 26.

Producers Guild Awards Chair Michael DeLuca says;

“J.J. Abrams has produced some of the most iconic and highest-rated television shows of the past decade and longer, series that have changed the landscape of television. His talent is astonishing, and through his commitment to ingenious storytelling, compelling characters and television programming of the highest quality, he truly lives up to this award’s namesake.”

Abrams says; “It is an incredible honor to be asked to accept the Producers Guild Norman Lear Award, especially since Mr. Lear is one of my true heroes. I feel privileged to be included among the prestigious list of past recipients."

Last year's recipient of the Norman Lear award was Don Mischer. Tom Hanks, Jerry Bruckheimer, Lorne Michaels and Aaron Spelling have also received the award.

Below, a stroll down Memory Lane with clips and trailers of some shows and films that put Abrams on the map.

This article is related to: J. J. Abrams, News, Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.