Board of Governors
James Pearse Connelly is an Emmy-winning production designer acclaimed for his work on iconic shows such as NBC’s The Voice, Bravo’s Top Chef, Netflix’s Nailed It! and more.
In 2009, Connelly was honored with his first Primetime Emmy Award for his work on the MTV Video Music Awards. In the years following, he has been recognized for his bold production design with seven additional Primetime Emmy nominations and seven Art Directors Guild Award nominations for shows including Netflix’s Bill Nye Saves The World and NBC’s The Voice.
Well-versed in the medium of TV, Connelly has made a name for himself designing for an array of television genres - from reality competition to variety to late night to live spectacle. Additional credits include Martha And Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, I Love You America with Sarah Silverman, The Jim Jefferies Show, Teen Choice Awards, Top Chef Jr., The Four, and World of Dance. Connelly also served as principal art director on the 2010 Oscar-nominated feature film The Kids Are All Right.
Additionally, Connelly’s creative design company JPConnelly specializes in production design for special events and experiential activations for companies like Twitter, Vine and Dubsmash. JPConnelly prides itself on its use of experiential production design and storytelling techniques to create innovative, immersive environments.
A dedicated member of the Television Academy since 2007, Connelly has served an active role on the Peer Group Executive Committee for Production Design and is currently serving as a Governor.