Art Director Jan Scott on her work with the Television Academy – TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews

Art Director Jan Scott on her work with the Television Academy – TelevisionAcademy.com/Interviews


I was on the board in New York representing the art directors and then when I came here They knew that I was here so they invited me to a Governors meeting and then I don’t know it had all just started And he became a vice president. Yes, and I have been very very busy since I got here to help To help this was a dirt lot its entire Before we came in here. This was a dirt field The CRA which is the city Agency we got together on for Community Redevelopment redevelopment. Yes they got with the Academy and rich Frank one of our past presidents Was very instrumental in meeting with the city and these people in North Hollywood And a developer, which was found out was found by John Mitchell, I believe who was then president. Yes. I have always been a permanent member of the building committee Because I was involved with the layout of the plaza and the fountain and And also consulting architect on the theater And then we Realized that we had no place. So we were having to have Governors meetings in various hotel dining rooms and various venues So We decided why don’t this was unused Originally, this being part of the theater building was to have been a very white table restaurant very high-class Restaurant apart with yes, sir. Absolutely That never never came out that way it was Dharma it was unfinished The conference center. Yes. This is all was all unfinished property here it was just in finished finished on the exterior, but oh just with ventilator pipes and no flooring and insulation showing so we decided why didn’t we make this into a Spot where we could have two areas soundproof, so the in one area that could be screenings and other area screenings because the educational department has a lot of Screenings to do on student films and whatnot and then they had to rent or take over offices up there and in our building and that wasn’t working out so we figured that we saved money we Invested here. So we did so we the concept of this was as you see two rooms and then I said, let’s Take out Make an indentation here. We don’t need a full lobby. Take that out and put in two small conference rooms Individually, but now I’ve been taking over as offices. I see I’m sorry about that because I spent fifty four hundred dollars on a roundtable that went in that glass Area there and now it’s gone. I don’t know who’s got it or where but Anyway, it worked out and I got this carpet thinking that if they spilt ketchup or scrambled eggs on it it would not really show I See we got something right there. But anyway, I I laid it out and What about the plaza outside? Pasture doing the drawing of showing the contour of the steps I had put in Laser lights in the where the treads meet the risers and Fiber optics were in most of them already on the plan So we had it all lit up, but as time went on One developer after another changed offices in the tower building that control this property And they had didn’t care so it has gone down And looks there are no fiber-optic lights on the stairs anymore I worry about it because we have some older people going into the theater And at night and they can’t really see the steps not here and that there isn’t enough light In this closet did you help design or did you design the theater as well? I was a Associate designer on it. And how’s the television all thing fit into? The the bronzes that you see out there in the plaza are all Inductees in the Hall of Fame, right? And but when you first started working on this property, there was no television Hall of Fame There was in John Mitchell’s who was the president at the time it was his idea to establish a Hall of Fame. So We said as soon as we get our own property, then we can do it And was it your concept to do it the way we see it today? Yes it is. What was that? Well If you notice the pedestals out there have the same concept as the columns that support the building and They’re all alike. It’s better If you didn’t do it that way it would start looking like a cemetery. So I said let’s I did the drawing for the pedestals and I have a locking device You cannot take those bronzes off those pedestals unless you know the locking device and I think I’ll die with the locking device In my studio because I won’t let anybody move anything out there even though I’m not involved with it anymore but it’s a The only person that knows it is The those are cast stone is the casting engineer and he’s gone out of business well, is there room for an infinite number of What I wanted to do was to go into bronze life-size bronze bar reliefs I put in Walter Cronkite and then you skip a niche and then there’s Burns and Allen and Then there’s Steve Allen. I Wanted to in the first one. I wanted to put birch Hillstrom and the Kukla Fran and Ollie puppets life-sized Life-sized now that means it fills the entire frame. It’s not a little thing Then in the next empty one I wanted to put in Jim Henson and The Muppets because I feel that those two Puppeteers have added a tremendous amount to this industry and to the film industry, too But that was my plan before I left it

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