Nelson Coates Elected Art Directors Guild President

His work was recently seen in 'Hot Pursuit' and 'Secret in Their Eyes.'
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Nelson Coates

Nelson Coates has been elected president of the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) for a three-year term, succeeding Mimi Gramatky. Also elected for three-year terms are Patrick DeGreve as vp, Oana Bogdan as treasurer and Thomas Wilkins as secretary.

A member of Local 800 since 1996, Coates' work includes Flight (2012), The Proposal (2009) and Stephen King’s The Stand (2004), for which he earned an Emmy nomination. His work was recently seen in this year's Hot Pursuit and Secret in Their Eyes.

A member of the Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Coates is one of the few members of Local 800 to begin his career as an actor. He also does design projects, such as the restoration and reimagining of the Witch’s House in Beverly Hills.

Coates is credited as being instrumental in creating and organizing the first new member orientation and first member directory for the Guild. He is also a frequent lecturer, guest mentor and panelist at numerous colleges, universities and film festivals.