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THE BUZZ - Featuring Ron Olsen SDSA

SDSA The Buzz, September 2019 - Issue 12
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In this issue: General Membership Meeting at Pinacoteca, Day With The Set Decorator,
Universal Emmy Party, Members in the News, and Ron Olsen in the Set Decorator Spotlight
Emmy® Nominees Party
Universal Studios Art Departments
September 12th, 2019
Universal Studios backlot European Street was transformed into the French Riviera
for a celebration of this years Creative
Arts Emmy® nominees.

Hosted by the Universal Studios Art Departments, guests gathered and mingled
enjoying cocktails and cuisine from the Universal Studios Special Events team and
Wolfgang Puck Catering. Emmy nominated teams were presented, honored and wished well. And it wouldn't be a party without raffled prizes and dancing under the stars!

A big Merci Beaucoup to Universal Art Departments Beverly Hadley, Krista Bolling
and Christina Sepulveda for a beautiful evening!

Thank you also to the SDSA Business Members who contributed to this event;
Day With the Set Decorator
August 24th, 2019
A very special Day With the Set Decorator: Master Class was held at L.A. Center Studios.
Students interested in set decoration had the opportunity to sit-in on an
 exclusive panel discussion on fabrication for film.

Moderated by SDSA Executive Director Gene Cane, the esteemed panel included SDSA
Set Decorators Susan Benjamin, Jan Pascale, Ellen Brill
Rosemary Brandenburg.   Each presented a behind the scenes insider look at one of their films, and attendees had the opportunity for a Q&A with the panel. The experiences and knowledge shared was invaluable to those entering the craft.

Thank you to the moderator and panelists, SDSA Educational Outreach Committee
Co-Chairs Natalie Contreras and Cynthia McCormac and their committee members.
Thank you also to the day's docents and to Los Angeles Center Studios for a remarkable and memorable event!
GMM At Pinacoteca
August 22nd, 2019

Come on in, the water is fine! 
Aloha and thank you to Tija Zamparelli of Pinacoteca Picture Props and Richard Scotten of Propcart who dove in to co-host the August SDSA General Membership Meeting.  

Members donned their best island attire for this Sharknado-Luau, enjoying tropical beverages and a Polynesian buffet before getting down to business. Jaws were dropping over the delicious and colorful tropical frozen ices wheeled out after the meeting. The perfect treat on this balmy evening.

Thank you also to the SDSA International Business Members
who contributed to the evening; 
Aah-Inspiring Balloons | Astek Wallcovering | Bassman Blaine | Dapper Cadaver
Enchanted Studio Props | Pinacoteca Picture Props
Sandy Rose Floral | Universal Studios Property

Production Growth Stretches Crafts Talent Pool,
but Experience Is Still Needed  

Set Decorator David Smith SDSA

  How Downton Abbey Got Ready for the Big Screen             
Architectural Digest
Set Decorator Gina Cromwell SDSA 

                       PHOTO CREDIT: Jaap Buitendijk / Focus Features

Go Inside the World of Succession's Season Two on HBO 
Architectural Digest
Set Decorator George DeTitta Jr. SDSA

CREDIT: Courtesy of HBO

Here's how the cast of Friends ended up in the
fountain in the opening credits 

Entertainment Weekly
 Former Set Decorator and SDSA member Greg Grande

                                                                   PHOTO CREDIT: NBC

Why Is This "Gritty" NYC Alley Featured in
So Many TV Shows and Movies?

Hollywood Reporter
Set Decorators Andrew Baseman SDSA, Regina Graves SDSA,
and David Schlesinger SDSA

                    PHOTO CREDIT: sep120/Stockimo/Alamy Stock Photo

‘Veep’ set decorators Kimberly Wannop and David Smith
on creating the Meyer Presidential Library and more


Video Interview
    Set Decorators Kimberly Wannop SDSA and David Smith SDSA 



Veep Set Decorators Kim Wannop and David Smith
on the Landmark Comedy’s Final Season

Awards Daily
Set Decorators
Kimberly Wannop SDSA and David Smith SDSA 

For more news, check out the SDSA International Website Press/News page
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SDSA Business Members played key roles in
HGTV's 'A Very Brady Renovation'
If you've been watching HGTV's runaway hit, A VERY BRADY RENOVATION, you couldn't help but notice some key contributions from SDSA Business Members!  
Astek Wallcovering, MIDCENTURYLA and History for Hire are all a part of the show and historic renovation in the first two episodes. 

We would like to take this opportunity to salute the Set Decorators of the original series which ran for 5 seasons (19 - 1974).  John Burton (pilot episode, "The Honeymoon"), Pierre Ludlum (episodes 2-7), Anthony D. Nealis (seasons 1, 2, 4 & 5), Dorcy Howard (season 3) and Bill Calvert (season 4).

A shout out as well to Set Decorator Ann Shea SDSA and Production Designer
John Shaffner, the supervising team behind this interatiion.

The final episode airs Monday, September 30th at 9:00pm on HGTV. 

Fashioning '70s-Vintage Wallpaper

Cast and Designers
work with graphic designer Brian of Astek Wallcovering as he attempts to re-create the wallpaper in the Brady girls' room.

Watching as the custom wallpaper comes off the printer at Astek Wallcovering.

Photos by Gilles Mingasson/Getty Images


  Meander India is an online store selling hand crafted quilts from India.

colorful, reversible, one of a kind quilts are
hand sew
n by women in rural India from vintage
cotton saris.

This art of artistically arranging, hand stitching and repurposing fabric has been passed down and
practiced for generations.  

We travel to India to hand select the quilts from
ethical sources.

Use these beautiful textiles on your set as a quilt,
blanket, throw, or hung as an art piece.

Meander India is based in Los Angeles. We are happy
to make arrangements,
if you would like to see any of
the quilts in person.


Ph: (480) 251-3805

Contact: Sarah Sprawls

SDSA Member since 2018



Berbere World Imports specialize in ethnic furniture, textiles, pottery, and architectural elements from around the globe.

Come visit our 36,000 square foot warehouse and discover decor from locales like Morocco, India, Bali, & more. We have a vast collection of inventory that translates on so many sets.


From a Moroccan Bazaar to a village scene in India; our inventory specializes in filling the gap for those hard to find one of a kind items.  Whether it's exotic doors, tribal rugs, or antique pots, it's here!


We have been working with the set decorating industry for nearly 30 years and are excited to be back and a part of membership. Many of you know us from our old location on La Cienega Blvd, we now encourage you to visit our new exciting location in Inglewood.


We take all of our rental projects very seriously. If it needs sourcing, we find it. If we need to be open an hour early or stay late, we're here for you!


8728 Aviation Blvd.
Inglewood, CA 90301
Ph: (424) 227-9123
Fx: (424) 227-9269

Hours: Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm
              Sat 10:00am - 4:00pm
              And by Appointment

Contact: Saud Cano

SDSA Member since 2018

                 RON OLSEN

Partial Credits:


In a Few Words...

Which talent would you most like to have?
The talent I would most like to have is to be able
to play
 piano.  I bought one when I moved into my
current house 18 years ago and so far, nothing.
Maybe once I retire.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I think my greatest achievement was working on FRASIER for 11 years. Such an amazing show and
great group of people. Lot of fun sets for which we
were nominated for Emmys four times and finally
won the last time.

Which word or phrase do you most overuse?
The word I overuse most isn’t really a word.  
More of a sound and I’m not sure how to spell it.   Ucchhhh.

What do you look for on the Craft Services table?
Lately it’s been these really evil chocolate chip cookies, sometimes warm out of the oven with macadamia nuts, oats, and coconut. So good!

Please name a benefit of being an SDSA member.
The biggest benefit of being an SDSA member has
been meeting and talking to (and drinking with!)
other decorators and business members in a social setting.  Before the SDSA, you’d see other decorators
in prop houses, but never really meet and chat.

Check out the articles in SETDECOR ONLINE!

Now you can binge the sets!
Set Decorator Amy Wells SDSA fills us in!

More articles are waiting for you at SETDECOR Online!
SDSA Members are hard at work on...

Some of your favorite shows:
9-1-1 Set Decorator - Sinead Clancy SDSA
Buyers - Natalie Contreras SDSA, Marianne Broughton SDSA (Associate)

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Set Decorator - Hernan Camacho SDSA 
BLESS THIS MESS Set Decorator - Andrew Baseman SDSA
CHICAGO PD Set Decorator - Tricia Schneider SDSA
DANCING WITH THE STARS Set Decorator - John Sparano SDSA
THE DEUCE Set Decorator - Linette McCown SDSA
EMERGENCE Set Decorator - Andrew Baseman SDSA 
THE GOOD PLACE Set Decorator - Kimberly Wannop SDSA
GREY'S ANATOMY Set Decorator - Nicole Cramer SDSA
HAWAII FIVE-O Set Decorator - Linda Lee Sutton SDSA
HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER Set Decorator - Timothy Stepeck SDSA
THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW Production Designer - James Connelly SDSA (Associate)
MAGNUM P.I. Set Decorator - Julieann Getman SDSA
THE MASKED SINGER Production Designer - James Connelly SDSA (Associate)
MAYANS MC Set Decorator - Stephanie Beaurain SDSA, Elmer Figueroa Felix
MODERN FAMILY Set Decorator - Michael Voelker SDSA
MOM Set Decorator - Ann Shea SDSA
NCIS: LOS ANGELES Set Decorator - Michele Poulik SDSA
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Set Decorator - Tim Cohn SDSA
THE NEIGHBORHOOD Set Decorator - Ron Olsen SDSA
NEW AMSTERDAM Set Decorator - Melanie J. Baker SDSA
THE POLITICIAN Set Decorator - Amber Haley SDSA
Buyer - Natalie Contreras SDSA

THE PRODIGAL SON Set Decorator - Caroline Ghertler SDSA
THE RANCH Set Decorator - Tara Stephenson SDSA
THE ROOKIE Set Decorator - William DeBiasio SDSA
Buyer, Dean Katz SDSA (Associate)

SINGLE PARENTS Set Decorator - Ellen Totleben SDSA
STUMPTOWN Set Decorator - Kristin Peterson SDSA
SUNNYSIDE Set Decorator - Beth Wooke SDSA
THE TALK Set Decorator - Stephen Paul Fackrell SDSA
THIS IS US Set Decorator - Cindy Coburn SDSA
TITANS Set Decorator - Patricia Cuccia SDSA
TRANSPARENT Set Decorator - Dea Jensen SDSA
UNBELIEVABLE Set Decorators - Sophie Neudorfer SDSA, David Smith SDSA
THE VOICE - Production Designer - James Connelly SDSA (Associate)
YOUNG SHELDON Set Decorator - Richard C. Walker
Buyer - Susanne Mueller SDSA (Associate)

Playing at a theater near you:

DOWNTON ABBEY Set Decorator - Gina Cromwell SDSA
THE GOLDFINCH Set Decorator - Rena DeAngelo SDSA

HUSTLERS Set Decorator - Alexandra Mazur SDSA
IT: CHAPTER TWO Assistant Set Decorator - Jeffrey Melvin SDSA
JOKER Assistant Set Decorator - Ashley Wellbrock SDSA (Associate)
THE LAUNDROMAT Set Decorator - Barbara Munch Cameron SDSA
LUCY IN THE SKY Set Decorator Jon J Bush SDSA (Associate)
VILLIANS Set Decorator - Lisa Green SDSA (Associate)


Don't see your show listed here?! Let us know what you're working on!
Please send the title of your show to

Please welcome the following Members:

Jorge Barba SDSA Set Decorator (Mexico)
Sinead Clancy SDSA Set Decorator
Abbie Jacobson SDSA Set Decorator (Chicago)

Eric Chu, Friend

Megan Bideu, Student (HS/FIDM)
Meghan Grimes, Student (College of the Canyons)

Please welcome the following Business Members:

Sweeten (NYC)
Whom Home (Westwood, CA)
Victory Props (Burbank)

To see all of our set decorator members, check out the 

Membership Directory on the SDSA website

Do you know someone that is interested in joining?
Membership information can be found here on the SDSA website

SDSA General Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 10th 2019, 6:30pm
hosted by
Dapper Cadaver
 7648 San Fernando Rd | Sun Valley, CA 91352
Costumes encouraged! Game of Thrones theme!

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