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Mindy Kaling receives the Norman Lear Award for Achievement at the 2023 PGAs

“I Never Did” and “The Mindy Project” executive producer/star Mindy Kaling has been named recipient of the Producers Guild Awards’ upcoming 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 Hotel.

Kaling joins a list of past honorees that include Greg Berlanti, Marta Kauffman, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Ryan Murphy, Shonda Rhimes, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Lorne Michaels, Aaron Spelling, David E. Kelly, and Lier himself. This honor is intended to honor a producer or production team for their work in television.

“Comedy can break boundaries and move culture forward; Mindy Kaling’s tremendous contributions to the television comedy scene are prime examples of this fact,” Producers Guild of America President Stephanie Allen and Donald D. Line said in a joint statement. Office is a widely beloved and infinitely rewatchable contemporary classic, but it is her work producing the 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 crave funny, relatable stories for characters we rarely see as TV heroes. We are very pleased to present her with the Norman Lear Award at this year’s PGA Awards.”

Kaling has enjoyed a successful career since first joining ‘The Office’ as writer and supporting cast member (as Kelly Kapoor). She spent eight seasons on the show, becoming an EP on the series, wrote 26 episodes, and was part of the team that earned five consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series. (Kaling also became the first woman of color to be nominated for an Emmy Award in any writing category.)

“It is a great honor to have been asked to receive the Norman Lear Award, an award named after the prolific and pioneering producer who has inspired me so much. It is a humbling thing to join such a prestigious group of past recipients, and I am very grateful to the Producers Guild for this recognition,” Kaling said.

Kaling created, executive produced, and starred in “The Mindy Project” for six seasons, and wrote, produced, and starred in her first feature film, “Late Night.” She is the creator and executive producer of Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” and HBO Max’s “The Sex Lives of College Girls”. She is next behind Legally Blonde 3 and Velma.

The 2023 Producers Guild Awards will be chaired by Funny or Die CEO Mike Farah and COO Joe Farrell. Anchor Street Collective is producing the event, with Branden Chapman as EP and Carlin Cappelletti as EP with Matt Olyan and Gene Sarkin of Boldface Partners as talent executives and Jim Piccirillo as manager.