Org represents over 900 in U.S. and Canada

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Art Directors announced Tuesday that it has changed its name officially to the Art Directors Guild, its unofficial designation for many years.

The organization, also known as Local 876 of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, represents more than 900 production designers, art directors and assistant art directors in the United States and Canada.

Formal approval for the name change came from IATSE during its recent executive board meeting in Orlando, Fla., and a vote of the guild’s general membership.

“We’re pleased that our international union officers ratified the name change of our local,” guild president Jack De Govia said. “We’ve always been referred to as the Art Directors Guild. Now it’s official.”

The organization traces its history back to 1937 with the formation of the Society of Motion Picture Art Directors, with “Television” added to the title 30 years later. The guild cites David Selznick’s decision to give William Cameron Menzies the new credit of “production designer” on “Gone With the Wind” as a turning point in recognizing the contributions of art directors.

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