The Art Directors Guild
IATSE Local 800
Minutes of the Art Directors Council Meeting
January 19 2010
Present: Members: Tom Walsh (via Skype), John Shaffner,
Michael Baugh, Corey Kaplan, Stephen Berger, Mimi
Gramatky, Molly Joseph, Jay Pelissier, Jack Taylor, Jr.
Staff: Scott Roth, John Moffitt, Lydia Zimmer, Debbie
Absent: Nathan Crowley, Greg Melton, Patricia Norris,
Guests: Rick Markovitz
A. The meeting was called to order by the Vice Chair, John
Shaffner, at 7:15pm. Mr. Shaffner said that he was pleased to be
re-elected to the TV Academy.
B. The November 18 2009 ADG Council minutes were distributed
and read. M/S/P (Baugh/Berger) to approve the minutes.
C. Chair Tom Walsh joined the meeting via skype. Mr. Walsh
announced that Stephen Berger is replacing Rick Carter as
II. Executive Director’s Report
A. New Members: Executive Director Scott Roth presented five
new members: Mark Samuel Freeborn, Jay Heiserman, Robert
Saccenti, and Bjarne Sletteland, Art Directors; and Benjamin
Anderson, Assistant Art Director, for acceptance into
membership. M/S/P (Baugh/Pelissier) to accept into
B. Availability List: Mr. Roth reported that there are 58 available
Art Directors and 25 available Assistant Art Directors.
C. Production Design Credit Waivers: 26
This number includes waivers from October as well as
November. M/S/P (Baugh/Gramatky) to approve
(as set forth on attached list).
D. Directory: Mr. Roth reported that the new Directory is in, said
Michael Baugh did a remarkable job, and thanked Lydia Zimmer
and the staff for their hard work.
E. Name Change: Mr. Roth announced that the name change
process now finally has concluded, to “Art Directors Guild.”
F. IATSE Mid-Winter Meeting: Mr. Roth discussed the upcoming
IATSE Mid-Winter Meeting in Austin, Texas at the end of the
month; he and John Moffitt will be attending.
G. Massachusetts Election: Mr. Roth reported on the outcome of
the special Senate election in Massachusetts. With the election
of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate, there are now 41
Senators able to stop Democratic sponsored legislation.
III. Associate Executive Director’s Report:
A. CSATTF: Associate Executive Director John Moffitt reported that
the CSATTF will be meeting in February to discuss funding for
B. Negotiating your Deal: Mr. Moffitt reported on the upcoming
seminar on the “Art of Negotiating your Deal.” It will take place on
February 3rd in the Robert Boyle Studio at 7:00PM. Rachel
Stanley, from the Costume Designers Guild, will be the speaker.
C. Distant Learning: Chair Tom Walsh asked Mr. Moffitt about the
status of Distant Learning. Mr. Moffitt reported that he will be
meeting with Mike Tadros this week to discuss further.
IV. Field Representative’s Report:
A. Field Representative Peter Koczera was not present.
V. Officers’ Reports
A. President’s Report:
a. Albuquerque: Mr. Walsh announced that he will be working in
Albuquerque, NM for the next six months.
b. “The New”: Mr. Walsh discussed his letter concerning the
recent Board election.
c. Avatar: Mr. Walsh discussed the success of “Avatar” and
questioned whether the people who worked on it are members
of the Guild. If not, we must get those “best and the brightest”
to join. Mimi Gramatky asked about the status of the trainee
program. Mr. Roth responded that it is in the pipeline, and the
producers need to weigh in, which could come in March or
d. Education Roundtable: Mr. Walsh discussed the Education
Roundtable that was held in the ADG Boardroom on January 9
2010. It was a successful education outreach. The material
will be published in American Theatre Magazine and later in
Perspective. Mr. Shaffner attended the event as well.
B. Treasurer: Michael Baugh reviewed the current financial report.
Mr. Baugh said the Guild finished the year $286,000 in the red.
The main reason for this was the Awards Banquet, which lost
$166,000. John Janavs and Dawn Snyder are making an effort to
cut costs and Swarovski has contributed sponsorship money. Mr.
Baugh also reported that the 2010 Budget will be presented to the
Board of Directors on February 2nd and that Cate Bangs is the new
Treasurer. There is not an investment report included this month
due to the changeover of investment advisors.
VI. New Business:
A. Stephen Berger: Mr. Shaffner announced that Stephen Berger
will be replacing Rick Carter as Trustee and sitting on the ADG
Council and Board of Directors. M/S/P (Walsh/Baugh) to ratify
Stephen Berger as Trustee replacing Rick Carter for the
remaining 2 years of his 3 year term.
VII. Old Business: None
VIII. Committee Reports
A. Public Relations: Rick Markovitz reported on current press
breaks. A new collection of press clippings were circulated. The
clippings contain several press breaks for the ADG Awards.
There are several links on the internet. Nikki Finke will run a
segment of our PSA “The Case of the Bad Production Designer”
on her website. Warren Beatty is getting a lot of press concerning
his honoree status.
B. Awards: Mr. Walsh announced that Paula Poundstone will be
the host of the ADG Awards Banquet. We are in the process of
locking down the presenters. There are concerns about the
length of the show and starting too late. Mr. Roth reported that
Swarovski wants to do a workshop event with our members on
February 26th. This cocktail party would be a creative gathering
and would include opening remarks by Nadja Swarovski and a
presentation of Swarovski’s products. Mr. Roth also offered
tickets to a member of the Council to the Costume Designers
Guild Awards as well as to the ASC Awards. Mimi Gramatky and
Corey Kaplan respectively accepted.
C. Directory: Mr. Baugh reported that the Directory is printed and
copies are on the table. The data is now three to four months old.
It is possible that this is the last printed copy of the Directory. The
website needs to be improved and to include this information.
IMDB cannot be relied upon.
D. Publications: Mr. Baugh said Perspective will go to the printer at
the end of the week. The cover features “NINE.”
E. 5D: Mr. Markovitz reported that there are two upcoming events
related to 5D. There is an event at Sundance at the end of the
month and an event at the Aquarium of the Pacific in February.
This is all building momentum to the big event in October. Mr.
Walsh announced that he has asked Alex McDowell to skype in to
the Board Meeting on February 2nd to discuss 5D, if any have
questions about why the Guild is supporting it, creatively and/or
F. Workplace Issues: Mr. Moffitt reported on issues affecting Art
Directors that have been discussed in the Workplace Issue
Committee meetings. The lack of training, the need for
internships, progressing from Set Design to Art Direction and on-
call status. On-call status is being abused. Box rental is a big
issue and affects all crafts. The issues that are discussed in
these meetings usually involve large Art Departments as opposed
to small one to two person Art Departments.
IX. Good and Welfare: Mr. Shaffner announced that tomorrow,
January 20th the TV Academy inducts ADG member Charles
Lisanby into the TV Hall of Fame.
Motion to adjourn at 8:20 p.m.