Norman Buckley



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Norman Buckley is a prolific director whose work spans various networks, genres, and styles. His credits include PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, CHARMED, IN THE DARK, ZOO, QUANTICO, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, CHUCK, GOSSIP GIRL, AND THE OC. He was co-executive producer/ producing director on the Netflix show SWEET MAGNOLIAS, a job he previously did on PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: THE PERFECTIONISTS.

His television movie THE PREGNANCY PROJECT won Best Primetime Program (Special or Movie of the Week) and Best Actress (Alexa Vega) at the 2012 Imagen Awards. His episode of THE OC “The Metamorphosis” was chosen by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the five best episodes of the series. His episode of GOSSIP GIRL “The Handmaiden’s Tale” was chosen by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top ten television episodes of 2007.

Buckley began working in the industry as an assistant editor on the Oscar-nominated films TENDER MERCIES, SILKWOOD, and PLACES IN THE HEART. He continued editing for a number of years on many films, television series, and TV movies. He worked with many outstanding directors, including Bruce Beresford, Robert Benton, Mike Nichols, Rob Reiner, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Richard Donner, J.S. Cardone, McG, Doug Liman, and Robert M. Young. He also learned the editing craft from some of the best film editors in the business, including Carol Littleton, Sam O'Steen, William Anderson, and Bob Leighton.

He worked as an editor on many independent films at the Sundance, Toronto, and Telluride film festivals, including HAPPY, TEXAS, which he also associate-produced. Beginning in 2000, Buckley edited several television pilots, all of which were picked up to series, which led to his regular work in television.

He has been nominated twice for an American Cinema Editors award: in 2003 for JOE AND MAX, for best-edited motion picture for non-commercial television, and he won the award in 2008 for the pilot of CHUCK, for best-edited one-hour series for commercial television.

After editing the pilot episode of THE OC in 2003, he began his directing career by helming six episodes of that series. He has gone on to direct over 100 episodes of television since then. Buckley grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and studied history at the University of Texas at Arlington, before moving to Los Angeles where he would later graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in Cinema/Television.

He teaches at the University of California Los Angeles film school to both graduates and undergraduates.

Norman Buckley was married to the late artist Davyd Whaley and he established The Davyd Whaley Foundation (davydwhaleyfoundation.org) to carry on Davyd’s legacy by supporting Los Angeles area artists with annual grants.

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Netflix's "Sweet Magnolias"
Talks at Google
We welcome cast and creatives of Netflix’s new series SWEET MAGNOLIAS, a show about lifelong friends who juggle relationships, family and careers in the small, Southern town of Serenity. We hear from Tony Award winner Heather Headley, Chris Klein, Dion Johnstone, Norman Buckley (Director) & Sheryl J. Anderson (creator & writer).
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Filmmaking with Friends Podcast
Ryan Little | Episode 66
In this episode Ryan talks with Filmmaker NORMAN BUCKLEY ( Sweet Magnolias, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, The O.C ) about his journey from full-time Editor to become a successful Television Director. Norm shares so many great tips and tricks for up and coming directors that you’ll need a notebook to keep track of it all!
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The Lone Star Plate Podcast
Patrick Scott Armstrong | Episode 47
My amazing guest today is Norman Buckley, the director whose latest show Sweet Magnolias is currently streaming on Netflix. In his career as a director and editor, Norman worked on some shows which have become phenomena in their own right, like Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, The O.C., and Chuck.
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What’s My Frame Podcast
Laura Linda Bradley
Today on WHAT'S MY FRAME I'm chatting with Director Norman Buckley; Norman's career includes PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, CHARMED, QUANTICO, CHUCK, GOSSIP GIRL, AND THE OC just to name a few! He is co-executive producer/ producing director on the upcoming Netflix series SWEET MAGNOLIAS.
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Deep Dive Broadway Podcast
DAN PAULSON | Episode 47
I can’t imagine a more perfect show for the world we’re living in right now. The new Netflix TV Series, SWEET MAGNOLIAS, is all about renewal, joy, love and perseverance. Based on the novels by Sherryl Woods, the show about three women who lift each other up as they juggle relationships, family and careers in the small, Southern town of Serenity. SWEET MAGNOLIAS is jam-packed with theatre talent including Heather Headley, Brooke Elliott and JoAnna Garcia Swisher.
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Sweet Magnolias AfterBuzz Official Pre-show
AfterBuzz TV |
The new Netflix series Sweet Magnolias showrunner, Sheryl Anderson and director and co-executive producer Norman Buckley give us all the Serenity for this inspired show!
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Sweet Magnolias AfterBuzz Reunion Show
AfterBuzz TV
t was an afternoon in Serenity with the Season 1 cast reunion for Netflix’s #1 series, Sweet Magnolias! Joining us from all around the United States (including a parking lot where Jamie Lynn Spears attended her daughter’s championship game!) and Canada. The cast hadn’t seen one another in months, and while talking about the success of season 1 was on everyone’s minds it was clear how much they missed one another, and were overjoyed to see everyone.
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Speaking Of Jung Podcast
Laura London | Episode 47
First up was television director Norman Buckley in Hollywood, California. We discussed how he became interested in Jung, how he found the right analyst, the importance of the analytic relationship, and the death of both his spouse and his analyst. Norman shared his dreams about me and how listening to this podcast has affected his life.
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I Survivor Podcast
Norman Buckley is a director known for his work on Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl, but what you may not know is that he’s survived the untimely and tragic deaths of two of his partners. He shares the story of them and how he found a way out of what could have been a hellacious grief spiral. Then we talk to grief expert David Kessler. It’s a heavy episode, friends, so hug your lovers tightly.
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The Perfectionists AfterBuzz TV
Tyra Prude, Chae’ Jones abd Alice Ford | Episode 9
We felt like the world was ending as the last episode of Pretty Little Liars ended. What were we to do?!?! Luckily we get this amazing spin off “The Perfectionists” Where we explore the high stakes new town of Beacon Heights, where excellence is a REQUIREMENT! Murders, Sex, Money, and more; we're talking about it all on THE PERFECTIONISTS AFTERBUZZ TV AFTER SHOW! Tune in weekly for episode breakdowns, plot discussion, character ships, motivations, and thoughts, and of course ALL THE PREDICTIONS!! Subscribe and comment to stay up to date with all things The Perfectionists!!!
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Bros Watch PLL Too! Podcast
Benjamin Light and Marco Sparks
After a visit to the set, the Bros are back to talk with director Norman Buckley about working on Pretty Little Liars, editing that one montage for The O.C., sneaking Antonioni references into some upcoming episodes, and possible PLL spin-offs. Thanks to Norman for dropping by to talk shop with us, and convincing ABC Family to let us onto the backlot!
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Lie Together, Die Together
Benjamin Light and Marco Sparks
Recapping Season 1, Episode 9 of Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Mona gets immediately busted while Ezra went seven seasons without repercussions. Ali has been demoted to making coffee for everyone. Taylor’s got a gun, and she’s not afraid to use it. There’s a Gala. Maybe everyone’s not going to be in school anymore if the show gets renewed for another season. BLAMMO! Thus falls, Not Scamander.
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Pretty Little Wine Moms Podcast
Silence your cell phones because in this episode we're breaking down Can You Hear Me Now?, season one, episode four of Pretty Little Liars. In this episode: Hanna faces some repercussions for crashing Sean's car, the girls attempt to block -A, Hanna's father returns to Rosewood, Aria's anxiety over her father's transgressions rises, Emily receives a new Chem Lab partner, the picture of Maya and Emily resurfaces, Ezra and Aria attempt to talk outside of school, Spencer gets a visit from an old friend, Emily needs some space, -A's game goes to a whole other level, and POOR ELLA! The PLWM share PLL stories and personal stories like only they can.
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The Criterion Reflections Podcast
David Blakeslee
Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode of this third season of the podcast features conversations with a variety of guests offering insights on movies that originally premiered in 1971 and were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Jordan Essoe and Norman Buckley to discuss The Touch, directed by Ingmar Bergman.
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Chuck vs the Podcast
Mel & Liz | Episode 017
You’ll love Gray’s interview with Norman Buckley… he edited and directed The O.C., won an Eddy award for editing the Chuck pilot episode, and now he directs for not only Chuck but Gossip Girl, Privileged, 90210, and more. Where (and why?) did his cat and his trip to France appear in Chuck? And what key storylines were cut from the pilot episode, that might have made it a different show?
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