LOS ANGELES, OCT. 11 — Four-time Emmy® nominated Production Designer and Art Director Herman Zimmerman will receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Presented by BMW at the Guild’s 17th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW on February 2, 2013. Best known for his work on the Star Trek franchise, Zimmerman began his career in 1965 working for NBC as assistant art director on Days of Our Lives. He worked on more than 35 television series and theatrical films throughout his 47 years in the industry.
Joining the Paramount Pictures’ Star Trek franchise as Production Designer and Original Set Designer in 1987 with Star Trek: The Next Generation (1988-1994), Zimmerman also worked on six of the Star Trek feature films: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), as well as the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2002) TV series. He wrote the introduction for the 1995 reference book The Art of Star Trek, and co-wrote the 1998 reference book Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual, as well as being featured as himself in many Star Trek documentaries.
Zimmerman’s work was not limited solely to TV and film. He worked alongside the Paramount Parks Design and Entertainment team when they acquired the five Great America theme parks. He was the consulting designer on the multi-million dollar Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton, and had side projects that included being the Entertainment Manager of a casino in Reno, NV, the owner of a scenic studio and construction shop, and also collaborating on a real-life “holodeck” with the Institute for Creative Technologies; a collaboration between the U.S. Army, USC and Hollywood, creating virtual reality in real time for education.
His many other credits include: Happy Days (1984), Cheers (1983-1986), Land of the Lost (1974-1976), Joanie Loves Chachi (1982), A Rumor of War (1980), The Ellen Burstyn Show (1986), The Burning Bed (1984), Brothers (1984-1986), All I Want for Christmas (1991), One Crazy Summer (1986), Black Rain (1989), Better Off Dead… (1985), and Webster (1985-1988).