Name: Halina Siwolop
Peer Group: Art Directors/Set Decorators
New or Returning Governor? Returning
Describe your day job: I work as a Set Decorator, mostly on one-hour episodic television shows. Working closely with the Production Designer, I get to design and coordinate all the elements involved with decorating a show and bringing a character to life.
While many hours are spent budgeting, planning and managing, the most satisfying part of my day is when I can dive deep into the design process.
Credits of which you're most proud: I loved the work we did on Pushing Daisies, Masters of Sex and Legion.
Two pilots that I decorated, Mockingbird Lane (a remake of The Munsters) and LA Confidential were also amazing and beautifully designed projects, but sadly, never made it to series.
Why did you want to be a Television Academy governor? I really enjoyed the time I spent on my Peer Group Executive Committee and I loved the idea of becoming more involved in some way.
It’s a wonderful opportunity to interact with other industry members outside your Peer Group, and to work together to advance the mission of the Television Academy.
What do you hope to accomplish as a governor? I hope to make current members aware of the fantastic work going on with the Academy and to encourage new members to join and get involved.
Last year I had the opportunity to work as the Co-Chair on the Governor’s Ball committee and to help usher in a new format for the Ball. I look forward to this year’s challenge to create another fun and magical celebration.
Why is the Academy important to the industry? There is a wonderful history connected with the Television Academy and it’s important to acknowledge that legacy.
It is also important to see how we can evolve and stay current in our every changing industry. The Television Academy is really committed to being at the forefront of future developments.