Mimi Leder

Director, Producer, Script supervisor
Daughter of the late independent filmmaker Paul Leder, Mimi Leder was the first woman accepted to study cinematography at the American Film Institute. She began her career as a script supervisor, serving a six-year ... Read more »
Born: 01/25/1952 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Director (32)

Almost Human 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Shameless 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Full Circle 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Smash 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Luck 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Nashville 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

ER 1994 - 1996, 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

The Code 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

China Beach 1986 - 1991, 2000 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

L.A. Law 1986 - 1991, 2000 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Related 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

The Beast 1986 - 1991, 2000 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

The West Wing 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Vanished 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Jonny Zero 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

John Doe 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Pay It Forward 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Deep Impact 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Peacemaker 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

The Innocent 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

House of Secrets 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Director

Marked For Murder 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director

Woman With a Past 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Sisters 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director

Nightingales 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Director

A Little Piece of Heaven (TV Show)

Director

Baby Brokers (TV Show)

Director

House of Secrets (Movie)

(Director)

Marked for Murder (Movie)

(Director)

Remember Their Names (Movie)

(Director)

Rio Shannon (TV Show)

Director

There Was a Little Boy (TV Show)

Director
Production Management (5)

Under the Influence 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Script Supervisor

Father Damien: The Leper Priest 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Script Supervisor

Borderline 1980 (Movie)

(Script Supervisor)

Dummy 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Script Supervisor

A Long Way Home (TV Show)

Script Supervisor
Producer (3)

Baltic Storm 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I'm Going to Be Famous 1981 (Movie)

(Producer)

Remember Their Names (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

Women on Top: Hollywood and Power 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Daughter of the late independent filmmaker Paul Leder, Mimi Leder was the first woman accepted to study cinematography at the American Film Institute. She began her career as a script supervisor, serving a six-year stint in that capacity for NBC's "Hill Street Blues", and performed the same duty for several TV-movies. The short film "Short Order Dreams", which she produced and directed, impressed the producers of NBC's "L.A. Law", and she made her TV directing debut with a 1986 episode of that hit series. Subsequently, Leder helmed episodes of "Crime Story" (NBC), "The Bronx Zoo" (NBC), "A Year in the Life" (NBC) and "Just in Time" (ABC), not to mention additional segments of "L.A. Law" and a half dozen TV-movies. She then served as supervising producer for "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-91), for which she also directed episodes.

Relationships

Paul Leder

Father
born c. 1923 in Springfield, Massachusetts died April 8, 1996 in L.A.

Etyl Leder

Mother
a prisoner at Auschwitz when she met her husband, a member of Patton's liberating forces

Reuben Leder

Brother
older born c. 1950

Geraldine Leder

Sister
younger born c. 1962

Gary Werntz

Husband
married on February 6, 1986

Hannah Werntz

Daughter
born c. 1986

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1973 - 1975
Graduated 1975

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California
first woman cinematographer accepted to study at AFI

Milestones

2001

Was one of the executive producers of "The Beast"

2000

Directed Oscar-winners Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt in "Pay It Forward"

1998

Helmed second feature, "Deep Impact"

1997

Feature film debut, "The Peacekeeper"

1988

Directed NBC movie "Nigtingales", a pilot for the short-lived 1989 series of the same name

1986

TV directorial debut with an episode of "L.A. Law"

1982

Produced father's film "I'm Gonna Be Famous"

1981

Worked a six-year stint as script supervisor on "Hill Street Blues"

1980

Served as script supervisor on Jerrold Freedman's feature "Borderline"

1979

Received credit as script supervisor on CBS docudrama "Dummy"

Co-executive produced NBC's drama series "ER"; also directed episodes of the show

Served as supervising producer for "China Beach"; also directed episodes of the series; won first Emmy nomination

Directed episodes of "Crime Story", "Bronx Zoo", "Just in Time", "A Year in the Life" and additional "L.A. Law" segments

Produced and directed a short film "Short Order Dreams", which impressed the producers of "L.A. Law"

Bonus Trivia

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Describing Leder's work on "ER": "Her camera had wings. I would spend 10 minutes watching a rough cut and say, 'This one belongs to Mimi Leder.'" --Steven Spielberg quoted in VANITY FAIR, September 1997

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When asked if there was pressure directing DreamWorks' first film: "There was. [Long pause] There were moments when I thought, What am I doing here? But if I had thought about the fact that I was shooting a huge movie, the first DreamWorks movie, I would have become paralyzed emotionally. I didn't approach it that way. I took it scene by scene. It was the only way to do it without feeling the pressure. I'm not saying I didn't feel it." --Mimi Leder in PREMIERE, September 1997

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"They [Spielberg and DreamWorks co-heads Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald] have all been very good to me. [They] have been very positive influences in my career and have been extremely supportive and encouraging. It's great when filmmakers are running a studio because it gives the filmmaker a unique dialogue that sometimes you can't have in other places where there is an executive hierarchy." --Leder to DAILY VARIETY, July 7, 1997

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On the "Sentimental Journey" project that is close to her heart: "It's a testament to our parents' lives. It's about how our mother and father found each other. This is the story my father wanted to tell and now we are going to fulfil his dream." --Mimi Leder in DAILY VARIETY, July 7, 1997

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