Comedian Owen Benjamin to Host the Art Directors Guild 18th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards, Feb. 8

Comedian Owen Benjamin will host the 18th annual Art Directors Guild’s (ADG) Excellence in Production Design Awards, Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The announcement came from John Shaffner, ADG Council Chairman and ADG Award Producers Raf Lydon and Dave Blass.

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The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, and Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers. Established in 1937, ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society; an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D | The Future of Immersive Design) and Membership Directory; a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective);

Owen Benjamin  (PRNewsFoto/Art Directors Guild)

Owen Benjamin (PRNewsFoto/Art Directors Guild)

and extensive technology-training programs, creative workshops and craft and art exhibitions.

The Excellence in Production Design Awards are open only to productions, when made within the U.S., by producers signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions. Nominations for this year’s ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards will be announced January 9, 2014. The ADG will present winners in ten competitive categories representing theatrical films, television productions, commercials and music videos. As previously announced, Rick Carter will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff and J. Michael Riva will be inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame.

Owen Benjamin is a series regular on the TBS hit comedy Sullivan and Son and has been featured on many popular television programs such as Chelsea Lately, Live atGotham, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Punk’d, Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time and The Jay Leno Show.  Owen’s standup comedy specials include the recent High Five ’til It Hurts and Comedy CentralPresents Owen Benjamin.  Feature credits include The House Bunny (2008)and All’s Faire in Love (2009)co-starring Christina Ricci.

Benjamin’s multiple talents extend to writing, directing and producing television shows including Gaytown and Owen Benjamin Presents.

Media sponsors include The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, and Shoot. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at www.adg.org. Follow ADG on Twitter: @ADG800