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Art Directors Guild Draws Up Lifetime Achievement Award For Jim Bissell

Art Directors Guild Draws Up Lifetime Achievement Award For Jim BissellLegendary production designer Jim Bissell will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed January 31 at the 19th annual awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Bissell, the production designer for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, is currently in pre-production on his second film in the Mission Impossible franchise, and was the production designer of four of the five films directed by George Clooney, including this year’s Monuments Men.

“Jim Bissell’s work as a production designer is legendary and we are proud to rank him among the best in the history of our profession,” said John Shaffner, guild’s council chairman. “He is an extraordinary artist and accomplished leader in the industry, and it is our pleasure to name him as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.”
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Scott Roth Re-Ups As Art Directors Guild Executive Director

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 5:23pm PDT

Scott Roth Re-Ups As Art Directors Guild Executive DirectorScott Roth, longtime executive director of IATSE Art Directors Guild Local 800, has signed to helm the union for another three years, Local 800 President Mimi Gramatky said today. Prior to being named the guild’s exec director in 1997, Roth had been the associate general counsel of the DGA from 1983-88 and had handled business affairs for various film companies. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans and on the Western Region council of the Actors Fund. Founded in 1937, the Art Directors Guild represents more than 2,000 film, TV and theater production designers; art directors; assistant art directors; scenic, title and graphic artists; illustrators and matte artists; set designers; and model makers.

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2015 Art Directors Guild Awards Set For January 31

By | Wednesday April 23, 2014 @ 2:58pm PDT

ADG logoThe 19th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards, honoring production design in theatrical motion pictures, TV, commercials and music videos will be held Saturday, January 31, at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. Here’s the timeline announced today: Read More »

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Art Directors Guild Film, TV Nominees Announced

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 7:34am PST

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9, 2014 – Today the Art Directors Guild (ADG) announcedADG_logo110920195941-275x55 nominations in 10 categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the Art Directors Guild’s 18th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, Presented by Kohler. The nominations were announced by ADG Council Chair John Shaffner and Awards co-producers Dave Blass and Raf Lydon. The black-tie ceremony announcing winners will take place on Saturday, February 8, 2014, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills with comedian Owen Benjamin serving as host.

As previously announced, the recipient of the Guild’s prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award will be Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese, whose film The Wolf of Wall Street is in current release. Production Designer Rick Carter will be awarded the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Kohler. Hall of Fame inductees are Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff and J. Michael Riva.

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2013:

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Rick Carter To Receive Art Directors’ Lifetime Achievement Award

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 8:45am PDT

Two-time Oscar winning production designer Rick Carter has been chosen to receive the Art Directors Guild‘s Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be bestowed February 8 at the 18th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Carter won the Academy Award last year for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and for 2010′s Avatar and was nominated for Forrest Gump (2004) and War Horse (2011). His career began in 1976 on Bound For Glory and he has had a long association with Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis, working on such films as The Goonies (1985), the Back To The Future trilogy franchise, the Jurassic Park franchise, Amistad (1997), Cast Away (2000), The Polar Express (2004), and War Of The Worlds (2005). His other credits include Death Becomes Her (1992), What Lies Beneath (2000), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Munich (2005) and Sucker Punch (2011). He is currently working on Jurassic Park IV. The ADG Awards‘ nominations will be unveiled January 9.

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Art Directors Guild To Mount Sci-Fi Film & TV Exhibit

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 3:58pm PDT

The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) will highlight the sci-fi work of members in a special exhibition at the Peninsula Museum of Art running this summer, the ADG announced today. The Art Of Science Fiction will feature 150 paintings and drawings by production designers, art directors, scenic, title and graphic artists, set designers, illustrators, matte artists and digital artists from the ADG ranks. Sci-fi properties from film and TV represented include Real Steel, the original Tron and Tron Legacy, Avatar, Men In Black, 10,000 Days, Dr. Who, Firefly, Serenity, and the Star Trek franchise. The exhibit runs from June 9 to August 25 in Burlingame, CA.

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Art Directors Guild Launches Apprenticeship Program

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 3:50pm PST

The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) said today the first-ever program will kick off Monday. The ADG’s Art Directors Council, headed by Jack Fisk, John Iacovelli, and Thomas A. Walsh, created the initiative to match aspiring production designers and art directors with professional guild mentors. Participants selected from college, university, and recent graduate applicants will receive workplace training in film, episodic TV, reality TV, commercial, live event, and theme park art direction. After training for a required minimum of 260 work days, ADG apprentices may be eligible to join the organization with the title of Assistant Art Director.

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Art Directors Guild Elects New President

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 11:59am PST

Production Designer Mimi Gramatky will serve a three-year term as President of the 2,000-member ADG, succeeding Thomas A. Walsh, the guild announced today. Also elected for three-year terms are Art Director Jim Wallis (Vice President), Production Designer Cate Bangs (Treasurer), and Art Director Judy Cosgrove (Secretary). Scott Roth continues as ADG’s Executive Director. In addition to Production Design, Gramatky’s skills include interior and landscape architecture, theatre design, visual FX and animation, documentary filmmaking, and teaching. She has been a member of the ADG Board of Directors and a past member of its Council. Gramatky is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

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Art Directors Guild Awards: ‘Skyfall’ Best Contemporary Film, Fantasy Film To ‘Life Of Pi’, Period Film ‘Anna Karenina’; Also ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’, ‘Girls’, 84th Oscars, ‘SNL’

By | Saturday February 2, 2013 @ 7:42pm PST

Art Directors Guild Awards 2013 WinnersSkyfall and James Bond were the big winners tonight as the Art Directors Guild handed out its 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for 2012. Unlike the Academy, the ADG divides production design for film honors into in three distinct categories — Period Film, Fantasy Film, and Contemporary Film — allowing Oscar rivals Anna Karenina and Life Of Pi to both take home top trophies. Meanwhile, Skyfall and its production designer Dennis Gassner took the Contemporary Film honors during the awards Art Directors Guild Awards 2013ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hosted by Paula Poundstone, who kept the stylish below-the-line crowd rolling with trade-oriented zingers throughout the night. (The ADG loves her — it’s Poundstone’s fourth consecutive year doing her outsider stand-up comic routine as emcee.)

Earlier in the evening, the Bond franchise’s production gurus Gassner, Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, and Allan Cameron were honored with the guild’s Cinematic Imagery Award, recognizing the longest-running franchise in film history for its visionary and innovative design. Gassner called the franchise “the greatest privilege of my life and career”. The only person to take the stage twice tonight, he joined the Bond team as production designer on Quantum Of Solace and Skyfall and is working on the next Daniel Craig-starring sequel, Bond 24. “It’s a joy to be able to work with such good people,” he said from the podium after winning the final award of the night, “because it’s such hard work.”

It won’t be the last we hear from Bond this awards season: the Academy plans its own tribute to the franchise, and Adele is singing the Skyfall theme, during the Oscarcast on February 24.

Art Directors Guild Awards 2013In other top honors tonight, production designer Sarah Greenwood staked her claim as the Oscar frontrunner, winning the Period Film prize for Anna Karenina, and David Gropman won the Fantasy Film award for Life Of Pi. Both brought their considerable crews onstage with them. “No designer acts by himself, so I thank my fantastic crew that helped me on this journey”, Gropman said.

Before the show, four-time Oscar nominee Greenwood spoke with Deadline about her ADG and Academy Award nominations for Anna Karenina (she won her first ADG award for 2010′s Sherlock Holmes): “I get more nervous [with each nominated film]. The first time we came out we had no idea what this was all about. You come in like an ingenue and you’re very naive. Now you come out and it’s quite scary, you’ve really got to keep it up. We always said Anna Karenina was a ‘marmite film’ — you either love it or hate it. And the reactions have been quite profound. People either got it, or they haven’t got it, and that’s fine. Joe had a very strong vision for this and we followed it through.”

Awards in nine categories of production design for film, television, commercials and music videos were announced during the evening, which saw Star Trek production designer and art director Herman Zimmerman receive the guild’s Art Directors Guild Awards 2013Lifetime Achievement Award. Family Guy creator (and Oscars 2013 host) Seth MacFarlane spoke of Zimmerman’s Star Trek legacy in a taped video: “Herman Zimmerman deserves a lot of credit that I don’t think he’s ever received for creating what is the most original production design for a spaceship that we’ve ever seen in the modern era of filmmaking.” The guild also enshrined Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward S. Stephenson into the Hall Of Fame.

On the TV side, Saturday Night Live and the Academy Awards were repeat winners, while Girls (Judy Becker), Game Of Thrones (Gemma Jackson) and American Horror Story: Asylum (Mark Worthington) also scored. Following is a complete list of winners:

17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards

Contemporary Film
SKYFALL
Production Designer: Dennis Gassner

Gassner previously won the Oscar for his work on Bugsy the same year he earned an Oscar nomination for Barton Fink. He is a man of few words but has the presence of mind to add a last important thank you before he departs the dais: “Thank you to David Gersh, my agent.”

Fantasy Film
LIFE OF PI
Production Designer: David Gropman

Period Film
ANNA KARENINA
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Art Directors Guild Movie, TV Nominees Announced

By | Wednesday January 2, 2013 @ 9:03pm PST

The Art Directors Guild (ADG) today announced nominations in nine categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the ADG’s 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW for 2012. The nominations were announced by ADG Council Chair John Shaffner and Awards co-producers Greg Grande and Raf Lyndon. Deadline for final voting, which is done online, is January 31. The black-tie ceremony announcing winners will take place Saturday, February 2, 2013, from the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills with Paula Poundstone serving as host for the fourth consecutive year.

Production Designer Herman Zimmerman will be the recipient of the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Hall of Fame inductees are Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward S. Stephenson. The Production Designers behind the JAMES BOND franchise, Sir Ken Adam, Allan Cameron, Dennis Gassner, and Peter Lamont will be honored for Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery.

NOMINEES FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2012:

Period Film

ANNA KARENINA Production Designer: Sarah Greenwood

ARGO Production Designer: Sharon Seymour

DJANGO UNCHAINED Production Designer: J. Michael Riva

LES MISÉRABLES Production Designer: Eve Stewart

LINCOLN Production Designer: Rick Carter

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ADG To Honor Production Designers Behind James Bond Franchise

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 11:05am PST

The production designers behind the James Bond film franchise will receive the Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW, Art Directors Guild Council Chair John Shaffner announced today. Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, Allan Cameron and Dennis Gasner will receive the award at the February 2, 2013, ceremony which will honor 50 years of the longest running franchise in film history for its visionary and innovative design. Previous recipients have been the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, Bill Taylor, Syd Dutton, Warren Beatty, Allen Daviau, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg, Robert S. Wise and Zhang Yimou.

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Art Directors To Enshrine Trio Into Hall Of Fame

By | Monday November 5, 2012 @ 11:36am PST

Related: Art Directors To Honor ‘Star Trek’ Production Designer Herman Zimmerman

LOS ANGELES, NOV. 5 — Three legendary Production Designers – Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward S. Stephenson – will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild (ADG) Hall of Fame at the Guild’s 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW ceremony to be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 2, 2013, as announced today by ADG President Thomas A. Walsh and Awards Producers Greg Grande and Raf Lydon.

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Art Directors To Honor ‘Star Trek’ Production Designer Herman Zimmerman

By | Thursday October 11, 2012 @ 11:11am PDT

LOS ANGELES, OCT. 11 — Four-time Emmy® nominated Production Designer and Art Director Herman Zimmerman will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Presented by BMW at the Guild’s 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW on February 2, 2013. Best known for his work on the Star Trek franchise, Zimmerman began his career in 1965 working for NBC as assistant art director on Days of Our Lives. He worked on more than 35 television series and theatrical films throughout his 47 years in the industry.

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Art Directors Guild Awards Set For Feb 2

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 6:40pm PDT

The 17th Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards, honoring production design in nine categories of theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos will be held February 2, 2013 at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Here’s the timeline:

•Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012: Submissions for television programs and commercials open via online downloading (www.adg.org)
•Friday, Nov. 16, 2012: Submissions for television programs and commercials close.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012: Online voting for nominations for Feature Film, Television begins.
•Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 5 PM: Online voting for nominations for Feature Film, Television closes.
•Thursday, January 3, 2013: Nominations announced.
 Friday, January 4, 2013: Final ballot on-line voting begins.
•Thursday, January 31, 2013:  Final ballot on-line voting ends.
•Saturday, February 2, 2013: Winners announced. Read More »

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John Shaffner Elected Chair Of Art Directors Council

By | Monday January 30, 2012 @ 12:10pm PST

Production designer John Shaffner has been elected to a three-year term as Chair of the Art Directors Council, effective immediately, replacing Thomas A. Walsh, who continues in the position of President of the overall Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800). Shaffner was formerly Vice-Chair of the Council, a position now filled by Corey Kaplan. Also elected to the Art Directors Council was Jack Fisk. The ADG has four craft councils: Art Directors; Scenic, Title & Graphic Artists; Set Designers & Model Makers; and Illustrators & Matte Artists. Shaffner has just completed four years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He presently works as Production Designer on Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly.

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Art Directors Guild Movie, TV Nominees Announced

By | Tuesday January 3, 2012 @ 8:05pm PST

LOS ANGELES, January 3 — The Art Directors Guild (ADG) today announced nominations in nine categories of Production Design for theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos competing in the ADG’s 16th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards for 2011. The nominations were announced by ADG Council President Thomas A. Walsh and Awards co-producers Tom Wilkins and Greg Grande. Deadline for final voting, which is done online, is February 2. The black-tie ceremony announcing winners will take place Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills with Paula Poundstone serving as host for the third consecutive year.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will go to Emmy Award® winning Production Designer Tony Walton. In addition, the ADG will induct the following legendary Production Designers from the past into its Hall of Fame: Robert Boyle, William Darling and Alfred Junge. This year’s Art Directors Guild Cinematic Imagery Award will be presented to the principal team behind the Harry Potter films including Producers David Heyman and David Barron; Director David Yates; creator and author J.K. Rowling; Screenwriter Steve Kloves; Production Designer Stuart Craig; Art Director Neil Lamont; and Set Decorator Stephenie McMillan. Filmmaker Cindy Peters’ will present a special 75th Anniversary film in eight chapters that celebrates inspirational achievements in design.

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FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2011:

Period Film

THE ARTIST Production Designer: Laurence Bennett

HUGO Production Designer: Dante Ferretti

THE HELP Production Designer: Mark Ricker

ANONYMOUS Production Designer: Sebastian Krawinkel

TINKER TAYLOR SOLDIER SPY Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic

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Art Directors To Honor ‘Harry Potter’ Creative Team

By | Tuesday November 1, 2011 @ 9:58am PDT

The Art Directors Guild said today it will bestow its honorary Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award to the creative team behind the Harry Potter films during the 16th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, set for February 4 at the Beverly Hilton. It’s the first time a movie franchise has been selected for the honor, which in the past has gone to Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg and Zhang Yimou among others. The Potter team includes producers David Heyman and David Barron, director David Yates, creator and author J.K. Rowling, screenwriter Steve Kloves, production designer Stuart Craig, art director Neil Lamont, and set decorator Stephenie McMillan. Nominations for the ADG Awards will be announced January 4.

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Scott Roth Re-Upped At Art Directors Guild

By | Monday October 3, 2011 @ 11:21am PDT

Scott Roth, the executive director of the Art Directors Guild since 1997, has been reappointed to the post by the guild’s board of directors. The three-year extension puts him into 2014. The former labor lawyer is married to Grace Reiner, a legal affairs VP at Disney Channel.

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Trio To Join Art Directors’ Hall Of Fame

By | Tuesday September 20, 2011 @ 12:41pm PDT

Production designers Robert Boyle, William Darling and Alfred Junge will be inducted into the Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame when the organization holds its 16th annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Hilton. Boyle, an honorary Oscar recipient in 2007, designed several Alfred Hitchcock films including North By Northwest and The Birds. Darling won Oscars for Cavalcade, The Song of Bernadette and Anna and the King of Siam. Junge won an Oscar for best art direction in 1947 for Black Narcissus, one of eight films he made with Michael Powell and Emerick Pressburger. The ADG, which will announce its awards nominees Jan. 4, only hands out its hall of fame honors posthumously.

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