2013 Distinguished Collaborator Lorne Michaels
Lorne Michaels is an Emmy-Award winning producer and writer, best known as the creator and executive producer of Saturday Night Live. SNL is the longest running, most Emmy-nominated, and highest-rated weekly late night television program in history, currently in its 38th season. Michaels is also executive producer of the Emmy nominated Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Golden Globe and Emmy winning 30 Rock, NBC’s comedy Up All Night, and IFC’s Peabody Award-winning Portlandia.
Michaels’ previous television credits include: The Kids in the Hall, Night Music, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, as well as specials with Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, The Rutles, Flip Wilson, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Neil Young and Simon and Garfunkel in Central Park. On Broadway, he produced and directed Gilda Radner Live from New York and produced the subsequent motion picture Gilda Live.
Lorne Michaels motion picture credits as a producer include Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Tina Fey, Baby Mama, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and MacGruber. Other films include Wayne’s World, Tommy Boy, and Three Amigos (which he produced and co-wrote with Steve Martin and Randy Newman). His next film, The Guilt Trip, starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen will be released in December 2012.
Michaels began his career in Toronto, where he attended the University of Toronto. He first worked as a writer and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and starred in the comedy series The Hart & Lorne Terrific Hour. In 1968, he moved to Los Angeles and worked as a writer for NBC’s Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. He left for New York in 1975 to begin SNL. In 1979, Michaels founded his production company, Broadway Video.
Michaels has personally won 13 Emmys as a writer and producer of television. He was inducted into the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004 he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. In Canada, he was awarded the Governor General’s Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2006, and had previously been inducted into the Order of Canada in 2002. In 2008, he was named one of Time Magazine’s “Time 100” – a list of the most influential people in the world.