Mindy Kaling to receive top award from Producers Guild of America

Mindy Kaling. Photo: profile photo on Twitter @mindykaling

The Producers Guild of America announced November 16, 2022, that Indian American Mindy Kaling will be honored with the Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award. Kaling will receive the award at the 34th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at The Beverly Hilton. The non-profit trade organization, Producers Guild of America represents more than 8,500 producers.

Kaling’s career as a writer and actor on the television series The Office to producing Never Have I Ever, and Sex Lives of College Girls, have earned her a reputation for handling new subjects and portray lesser-known social experiences. That makes her a prime candidate for the Norman Lear Award which recognizes a producer or producing team for their extraordinary body of work in television.

“Comedy can break boundaries and push culture forward; Mindy Kaling‘s immense contributions to the television comedy landscape are prime examples of this truth,” Producers Guild of America Presidents Stephanie Allain and Donald De Line are quoted saying in the press release.

Describing her work on The Office as “trailblazing” Allain and De Line added, “but it’s her work producing series from diverse female perspectives that is reshaping the industry.”

“From The Mindy Project, to Never Have I Ever, to The Sex Lives of College Girls, Kaling has proven just how much audiences have been craving funny, relatable stories about characters we’ve rarely see as television protagonists. We are so happy to present her with the Norman Lear Award at this year’s PGA Awards ceremony,” they said.

“It is such an honor to be asked to receive the Norman Lear Award, a prize named after the prolific and groundbreaking producer I am so inspired by. To be included in this prestigious group of past recipients is humbling, and I’m so grateful to the Producers Guild for this recognition”, said Kaling.

The PGA described Kaling as “one of the brightest voices of her generation.” She is an Emmy-nominated writer, producer, New York Times best-selling author, director, actor, and, most recently Tony Award winner.

At age twenty-four, Kaling joined the eight-person writing staff of The Office as the only woman. During her eight seasons on the show, Kaling served as both producer and executive producer on more than 120 episodes, earning five consecutive nominations for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Kaling accomplished this while also starring as Kelly Kapoor on the show, writing twenty-six episodes (more than any other writer), and directing two episodes. She has the barrier-breaking honor of being the first woman of color to be Emmy nominated in any writing category, the PGA noted.

Following The Office, Kaling went on to create, star in, and executive produce The Mindy Project which ran for 6 seasons, and write, produce, and star in her feature film debut, Late Night. Currently, she is creator and Executive Producer of Netflix’s critically acclaimed series, Never Have I Ever, and the HBO Max hit, The Sex Lives of College Girls.

Kaling’s upcoming film projects include the Legally Blonde 3, and the animated adult-comedy Scooby-Doo prequel, Velma.



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