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Contender Profile: WWE Production Designer Jason Robinson on Creating Big Fan Experiences During Pandemic

June 17, 2021 | By
Contender Profile: WWE Production Designer Jason Robinson on Creating Big Fan Experiences During Pandemic

When you talk to almost any production designer working in movies or television, almost 90% of the time, their interest in designing sets goes back to their initial work in theater, even if it’s just in school or at a community theater. Although we frequently run interviews with production designers who work in the... »

Set Decorators Society Announces 2020 SDSA Television Nominees

June 17, 2021 | By
Set Decorators Society Announces 2020 SDSA Television Nominees

The Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) announced the nominations for its first SDSA Television Awards 2020 via a video announcement from SDSA Executive Director Gene Cane and Board of Directors Member JoAnn Vara at Astec. The nominees were chosen by the over 600 members of the group, celebrating excellence in the art of Set Decoration & Design... »

Lovecraft Country Production Designer Kalina Ivanov Ventures Boldly Into Real and Fantastical Worlds

June 15, 2021 | By
<em>Lovecraft Country</em> Production Designer Kalina Ivanov Ventures Boldly Into Real and Fantastical Worlds

HBO’s limited series Lovecraft Country needed a bold and specific production designer who could not only tap into the imaginative elements of creating certain structures that didn’t exist but also design some that were historically accurate. In addition they had to be able to delve into multiple genres while traversing through both time and space.... »

Contender Profile: Production Designer Mark Worthington Breaks New and Vintage Ground with Marvel’s WandaVision

June 10, 2021 | By
Contender Profile: Production Designer Mark Worthington Breaks New and Vintage Ground with Marvel’s <em>WandaVision</em>

Production Designer Mark Worthington has been nominated for eight Primetime Emmys, and if you look at his amazing work on television over the past few decades, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise why that is.   Worthington’s work in television began as Production Designer for the pilot episode of J.J. Abrams’ Lost, followed by... »

Contender Profile: The Underground Railroad Production Designer Mark Friedberg

June 7, 2021 | By
Contender Profile: <em>The Underground Railroad</em> Production Designer Mark Friedberg

Adapted from Colson Whitehead‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Underground Railroad has won critical acclaim for its view of slavery in the Deep South. Developed and directed by Barry Jenkins, the ten episodes are streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Like Whitehead’s novel, the series layers myth and fantasy on top of historical events. The episodes... »

Emmy Watch: Production Designer John Blackie on The Good Lord Bird

June 1, 2021 | By
Emmy Watch: Production Designer John Blackie on <em>The Good Lord Bird</em>

“When I was a kid, my mission was to go out and find a great place in the woods and build a fort,” says veteran film and television Production Designer John Blackie. “I’d go and get all the kids in the neighborhood interested in it, tell them what to do, and build the fort.... »

The Nevers Art Department Team of Gemma Jackson and Tina Jones on the HBO Series

May 26, 2021 | By
<em>The Nevers</em> Art Department Team of Gemma Jackson and Tina Jones on the HBO Series

Picture a Victorian London where a certain few “Touched” have been given extraordinary powers: superhuman strength, the ability to predict the future, the power to heal wounds. They pose a huge threat to an addled male patriarchy. In The Nevers, Writer and Director Joss Whedon explores what happens when the known world careens into... »

Craft Profile: Solos Production Designer Ruth Ammon

May 24, 2021 | By
Craft Profile: <em>Solos</em> Production Designer Ruth Ammon

Solos is a new 7-episode series now on Amazon Prime Video from Writer/Producer David Weil (Hunters), and it’s unlike anything else you’re likely to see on cable, streaming or network television.  Each 25 to 30-minute episode features a different actor: Anne Hathaway, Helen Mirren, Anthony Mackie, Uzo Aduba, Constance Wu, Morgan Freeman, Dan Stevens... »

Contender Profile: Ted Lasso Production Designer Paul Cripps

May 19, 2021 | By
Contender Profile: <em>Ted Lasso</em> Production Designer Paul Cripps

Much like its hero, a misplaced American football coach trying to make his way in a British professional soccer league, Ted Lasso overcame initial skepticism to win at the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild, and other awards shows.  As played by Jason Sudekis, one of the creators and writers on... »

Art Directors Guild Reelects Nelson Coates to Second Term as President

April 24, 2021 | By
Art Directors Guild Reelects Nelson Coates to Second Term as President

Production Designer Nelson Coates has been reelected to a second three-year term as President of the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800). Art Director/Set Designer Jim Wallis returns as Vice President and Art Director/Set Designer Judy Cosgrove as Guild Secretary. Set Designer Rick Nichol was newly elected as the Guild’s Treasurer. Nelson Coates, who was... »