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.
Connelly is one of the leading production designers in alternative television designing for an array of television genres - from competition to variety to late night to live spectacle. Additional credits include The Masked Singer, Making It, Songland, Holey Moley, Project Runway, Million Dollar Mile, The World’s Best, Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, The Jim Jefferies Show, Teen Choice Awards, and Top Chef. 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 design for special events, residential and commercial projects and promotional experiential activations for companies like Twitter, ABC and Dubsmash. JPConnelly prides itself on its use of 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 Art Directors and Set Decorators and served as Governor between 2013 - 2018 and is currently serving as a Chairman of the Primetime Emmy Show Committee.