Bill Thomas has been appointed Associate Executive Director of the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800), replacing the retiring John Moffitt. He reports to ADG Executive Director, Scott Roth, and started his duties on February 1.
Thomas was previously National Director, Electronic Media Services Division and head of the West Coast office of the American Federation of Musicians. Prior to that he was Executive Director, Los Angeles of SAG-AFTRA (formerly AFTRA) for six years. While there he orchestrated negotiations of all television, commercials, broadcast and new media contracts for the Los Angeles region. He also worked as Vice President at Fitch Thomas Management in New York and worked at ASCAP for 14 years, first as Director of Public Affairs and then Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff.
Scott Roth said, “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome to our ranks an executive as talented and discerning as Bill. We know he’ll do a great job for the organization and its members. Welcome aboard!”
Mimi Gramatky, President of the Art Directors Guild, noted, “Bill comes to us with such a wealth of experience and expertise, we are delighted to welcome him as the Art Directors Guild’s new Associate Executive Director. We know he is a valuable asset to our team and look forward to working with him.”
Bill Thomas said, “After great runs at the American Federation of Musicians, SAG-AFTRA and ASCAP, I am thrilled to be joining the amazing team at the Art Directors Guild.”
About the Art Directors Guild:
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 2,300 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; Set Designers and Model Makers. Established in 1937, the ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society, an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D: The Future of Immersive Design), a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, figure drawing and other creative workshops and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions.