John Shaffner

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John Shaffner

John Shaffner

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Production designer John Shaffner and his partner Joe Stewart are the recipients of three Primetime Emmy awards for David Copperfield specials and two Daytime Emmy Awards for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Shaffner has been also recognized with a Primetime Emmy for The George Lopez Show. The duo has been nominated a total of 32 times for Primetime and Daytime Emmys. They have also received the Art Directors Guild Award.

Production designer John Shaffner and his partner Joe Stewart are the recipients of three Primetime Emmy awards for David Copperfield specials and two Daytime Emmy Awards for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Shaffner has been also recognized with a Primetime Emmy for The George Lopez Show. The duo has been nominated a total of 32 times for Primetime and Daytime Emmys. They have also received the Art Directors Guild Award. As multi-camera designers, their work includes the designs for Conan, The Doctors, Rachael Ray, Craig Ferguson, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Friends, The Drew Carey Show and Dharma and Greg. Shaffner and Stewart design the annual American Music Awards, Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and the Miss Universe Shows. The red edition of the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is their design. Shaffner 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 university’s School of Fine Arts Odyssey Award. He has also been recognized with the Alumni Merit Award from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received an M.F.A. He began his career in New York and regional theatre, designing for the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park and the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Prior to serving as chairman and CEO of the Television Academy, Shaffner served as Governors’ Appointee to the Executive Committee, vice chair and second vice chair and governor of the Art Directors and Set Decorators Peer Group (five years). He chaired the Budget Review Committee and co-chaired the Television Cares Committee, developing the Television Academy Honors, for which he coined the phrase “television with a conscience.”

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Awards & Nominations

31 Nominations | 4 Emmys
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half Hour or Less) - 2017
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner, Production Designer
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • "The Dependence Transcendence"
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour Or Less) - 2016
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner, Production Designer
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • "The Positive Negative Reaction, The Big Bear Precipitation, The Fermentation Bifurcation"
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Program (Half-Hour Or Less) - 2015
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner, Production Designer
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • "The First Pitch Insufficiency, The Clean Room Infilltration, The Skywalker Incursion"
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Program (Half-Hour Or Less) - 2014
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner, Production Designer
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • "The Hofstadter Insufficiency, The Locomotive Manipulation, The Proton Transmogrification"
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2013
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • "The Date Night Variable, The Bakersfield Expedition, The Love Spell Potential"
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2013
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner
  • Two And A Half Men
  • "Avoid The Chinese Mustard, Grab A Feather And Get In Line, My Bodacious Vidalia"
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., The Tannenbaum Company in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2012
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner
  • Mike & Molly
  • "Goin' Fishin', Valentine's Piggyback, The Wedding"
  • CBS
  • Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. and Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2011
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • "The Love Car Displacement, The 21-Second Excitation, The Agreement Dissection"
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2011
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner
  • Mike & Molly
  • "Pilot"
  • CBS
  • Bonanza Productions, Inc. in association with Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. and Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2010
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner, Production Designer
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • "The Gothowitz Deviation, The Adhesive Duck Deficiency"
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For Variety, Music Or Nonfiction Programming - 2010
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2009
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • "The Hofstadter Isotope; The Vegas Renormalization; The Lizard-Spock Expansion"
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc. in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2005
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner, Art Director
  • Two And A Half Men
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., The Tannenbaum Company in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2004
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner, Production Designer/Art Director
  • Two And A Half Men
  • CBS
  • Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., The Tannenbaum Company in association with Warner Bros. Television
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2003
  • Nominee
  • John Shaffner, Production Designer
  • Friends
  • NBC
Outstanding Art Direction For A Multi-Camera Series - 2001
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