James Pearse Connelly is an Emmy-winning production designer, currently acclaimed for his work on iconic competition shows such as NBC’s The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice and The Biggest Loser as well as Bravo’s Top Chef.
In 2009, Connelly’s work for the MTV Video Music Awards was honored with a Primetime Emmy Award, and he is humbled to have had his work recognized over the years with five additional Primetime Emmy nominations and six Arts Directors Guild Awards nominations.
Principal art director on the Oscar-nominated feature film The Kids Are All Right, Connelly has experience in a number of television genres — from reality competition to variety to infotainment to live spectacle. Additional credits include Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Addition, Lopez Tonight, You the Jury, the Daytime Emmy Awards, Top Chef Live, Facebook Live studios in Los Angeles and Tech Crunch Studios in San Francisco, La Voz: Kids for Telemundo, Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, and Political Idiot Test LIVE for GSN, among many others.
Additionally, Connelly’s creative design service company JPConnelly produces events and activations for companies such as Twitter, Vine and Dubsmash, where his studio uses experiential production design and storytelling concepts and techniques to create innovative environments.
Connelly has been a dedicated member of the Television Academy since 2007 and has served on the Art Directors/Set Decorators Peer Group Executive Committee.