Production designer replaces Walsh as chair

Production designer John Shaffner has been elected to a three-year term as chair of the Art Directors Council.

He replaces Thomas A. Walsh, who continues as president of the Art Directors Guild. The ADG operates as Local 800 of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and has four craft councils included the Art Directors Council.

Shaffner was formerly vice chair of the ADC, a post now filled by Corey Kaplan. Jack Fisk was also elected to the council.

Shaffner recently completed four years as chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and works as production designer on “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike and Molly.”

Fisk was production designer on Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and on Malick’s next film, as yet untitled.

New members recently elected to the other craft councils include Ben Nowicki of the Scenic, Title & Graphic Artists Council and James Hewitt of the Set Designers and Model Makers Council.

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