Joe Stewart & John Shaffner
revised August 2004
John Shaffner and Joe Stewart are among the most recognized production designers in television. Their career includes sitcoms, award shows, special events, game shows, charity telethons, talk shows, music and variety series and specials, and live theatrical productions.
Together they have received three Primetime Emmy Awards for David Copperfield Specials and one for The George Lopez Show, two Daytime Emmy Awards for The Ellen DeGeneres Show and one Los Angeles Area Emmy Award. Their design for the 2006 Primetime Emmy Awards was recognized with the Art Directorís Guild Award. They have been nominated a total of 29 times for Primetime and Daytime Emmys, and have received numerous Art Directors Guild and CableACE Nominations.
John and Joe designed the series Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Friends, The Drew Carey Show, and Dharma and Greg, among many others. They have designed specials for numerous artists, from Perry Como and Andy Williams to Celine Dion and Willie Nelson. As well as having designed four Primetime Emmy and five Daytime Emmy Awards shows, they design the American Music Awards, The ESPY Awards, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, and the Miss Universe Pageant.
John has been recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Montana, where he earned a B.F.A. and is the recipient of the universityís School of Fine Arts Odyssey Award. He has also been recognized with the Alumni Merit Award from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received and M.F.A. He began his career in New York and region theater, designing for the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park and the Seattle Repertory Theatre. John is currently serving as Chairman and CEO of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Joe received his B.F.A. in stage design from Carnegie Mellon University and studied architecture and art history at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. After working in regional and New York theater, Joe began working at NBC on Days of Our Lives and letís Make a Deal. Carnegie Mellon honored Joe with its University Alumni Merit Award. Joe currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.