Don Mischer, the longtime live-event TV guru who is producing the Oscars in February for a second consecutive year, has been tapped to receive the Producers Guild of America’s 2012 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. It’s the first time the guild has awarded the Norman Lear to a live-events producer. The honor will be bestowed January 21 during the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Mischer’s credits include everything from The Kennedy Center Honors to Super Bowl halftime shows, the Democratic National Convention and opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics. He also has produced specials for Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks and Barbra Streisand, among others. He has won 15 Emmys, 10 DGA Awards and a Peabody.
Previous recipients include Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman last year, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, Don Hewitt, Garry K. Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley and Mark Burnett.