James Pearse Connelly

James Pearse Connelly

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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.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

11 Nominations 1 Emmy

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Reality Or Reality-Competition Series - 2018

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Reality Or Reality-Competition Series - 2018

  • Nominee
  • James Pearse Connelly, Production Designer
  • The Voice
  • NBC
  • MGM Television, Talpa Media USA, Inc., Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television

Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Programming - 2017

  • Nominee
  • James Pearse Connelly, Production Designer
  • The Voice
  • NBC
  • MGM Television, Talpa Media USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television

Outstanding Production Design for Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Programming - 2017

Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Series - 2016

  • Nominee
  • James Pearse Connelly, Production Designer
  • The Voice
  • NBC
  • MGM Television, Talpa Media USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television

Outstanding Production Design For Variety, Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Programming - 2015

  • Nominee
  • James Pearse Connelly, Production Designer
  • The Voice
  • NBC
  • United Artists Media Group, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety Or Nonfiction Programming - 2013

  • Nominee
  • James Pearse Connelly
  • The Voice
  • NBC
  • One Three Inc. (a Hearst/Mark Burnett company), Talpa Media USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety Or Nonfiction Programming - 2012

  • Nominee
  • James Connelly
  • The Voice
  • NBC
  • One Three Inc. (a Hearst/Mark Burnett company), Talpa Media USA, Inc. and Warner Horizon Television

Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming - 2009

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  • James Pearse Connelly and guest at the 2018 Creative Arts Ball. 

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  • James Pearse Connelly on the red carpet at the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys.

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  • Television Academy Governor Terry Ann Gordon, Mallory Gabbard, Television Academy Governor James Pearse Connelly, and Edina Hiser at the 2018 Art Directors and Set Decorators Nominee Reception at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in North Hollywood, California.

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  • Lydia Smyth, Television Academy Governor James Pearse Connelly, and Stephanie Hines at the 2018 Art Directors and Set Decorators Nominee Reception at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in North Hollywood, California.

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  • Television Academy Governors James Pearse Connelly and Halina Siwolop at the 2018 Art Directors and Set Decorators Nominee Reception at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in North Hollywood, California.

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  • Allison Binder, Susan Nessenbaum-Goldberg, Television Academy Governor James Pearse Connelly, and Wallie Wachter at the 2018 Art Directors and Set Decorators Nominee Reception at the Television Academy's Saban Media Center on Thursday, August 30, 2018 in North Hollywood, California.

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  • Television Academy Governors Barbara Cassel and James Pearse Connelly, and Drew Boughton attend the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Decorators Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • Television Academy Governors Barbara Cassel and James Pearse Connelly, Julie Berghoff and Sophie Neudorfer attend the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Decorators Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • Television Academy Governors Barbara Cassel and James Pearse Connelly, Chloe Arbiter, Monica Sotto and Rae Deslich attend the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Decorators Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • Television Academy Governors Barbara Cassel and James Pearse Connelly, Devorah Herbert and Emily Ferry attend the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Decorators Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • Television Academy Governors Barbara Cassel and James Pearse Connelly, Elizabeth Gray, Samantha Englender and Halina Siwolop attend the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Decorators Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • Television Academy Governors Barbara Cassel and James Pearse Connelly, Jaclyn Hauser and Jennifer Mueller attend the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Decorators Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • Television Academy Governors Barbara Cassel and James Pearse Connelly, and Jamie Walker McCall attend the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Decorators Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • Television Academy Governors Barbara Cassel and James Pearse Connelly, John Zuiker and Brian Stonestreet attend the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Decorators Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • Television Academy Governors Barbara Cassel and James Pearse Connelly, and Keith Ian Raywood attend the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Decorators Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Los Angeles

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  • Television Academy Governors Barbara Cassel and James Pearse Connelly, and Stephanie Hines attend the Television Academy’s Art Directors/Set Decorators Emmy Nominee Reception in the Saban Media Center at the Television Academy’s NoHo Arts District Campus on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 in Los Angeles.

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  • James Pearse Connelly on the red carpet at the 2016 Creative Arts Emmys.

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