Art Directors Guild Elects Nelson Coates President Over Incumbent Mimi Gramatky

Emmy-nominated production designer Nelson Coates has been elected President of the Art Directors Guild, IATSE Local 800, defeating incumbent Mimi Gramatky who had held the office for three years.

The guild’s officer elections were a clean sweep for newcomers, with Oana Bogdan defeating incumbent Treasurer Cate Bangs, and two other incumbents – Vice President Jim Wallis and Secretary Judy Cosgrove – not seeking re-election. Patrick DeGreve was elected VP, and Thomas Wilkins was elected Secretary.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Production designer Nelson Coates attends The 17th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 2, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Mathew Imaging/WireImage)

“I am thrilled to receive this mandate from my fellow ADG members,” Coates said. “Our future strength lies in the unity of all our uniquely creative parts. I look forward to working with Pat, Oana and Tom and making our guild stronger than ever.”

A member of the guild since 1996, Coates has been designing features, TV and commercials for more than 25 years. Known for such films as Flight (2012), The Proposal (2009) and Runaway Jury (2003) he was nominated for an Emmy for his production design on the ABC miniseries Stephen King’s The Stand in 1994. His most recent work includes this year’s Hot Pursuit and Secret in Their Eyes.

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