23rd Annual SDSA Awards Luncheon

IMG_0505This last Sunday the Biltmore Hotel was spilling over with set decorators. Not for any production, not for their regularly scheduled feeding, but for the Set Decorator’s Society of America’s annual awards luncheon.

IMG_0502Around 11 o’clock set decorators, prop house employees, friends and family began to mill around the silent auctions filled with great pieces of artwork while chatting with each other. A beautiful balloon archway greeted every person as they arrived.

Many awards were given out, including to Adrianna Cruz-Ocamo at U-Frame-It Gallery, Fred Arens and Jason Duguay at Ob-jects, and Advanced Liquidators.

The Lifetime Achievement Award of 2016 went to Ann D. McCulley, an incredibly accomplished veteran of set decoration. Her speech was a perfect mix of inspiration and wisdom, showing this award was justly earned.

As per usual there were raffle prizes handed and swag bags full of pens and what appear to be rubber duckies from NEST. Here’s to another fruitful year for the prop industry!

Folkmanis Puppets – Puppet & Toy Maker Celebrates 40th Anniversary

horizontalcenteredlogo_1976For four decades now Folkmanis Puppets has successfully brought life to the plush. From stage puppets to finger puppets they have experience making all kinds of cartoonish to lifelike puppets.

It’s always exciting to hear about good companies that have established themselves well enough to expand their reach across the globe and Folkmanis is among them. For the industry they have worked with a myriad of productions, and theaters have benefited from their inventory.

Have an event where you want everyone to get a puppet? Talk to them about their wholesale availability.

Website: www.folkmanis.com

You can read a snippet of their recent press release below:

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(EMERYVILLE, CA) Folkmanis® Puppets is ecstatic at the recent induction of the “puppet” into the Toy Hall of Fame. The good news coincides with the specialty toy maker’s 40 anniversary, marking four successful decades of puppet innovation that has catapulted the boutique brand to premier status in the toy industry. By all accounts, Folkmanis has achieved the pinnacle of success in their mission to bring this ancient art form to the masses and transform it into a popular modern plaything.

“For forty years we have taken great pride in providing classic, evergreen toys that are a mainstay in toy collections around the globe,” says Maria Fortez, Marketing Manager. “We endeavor to keep pushing the boundaries in plush puppets as we uncover new sources for inspiration.” (more…)

Oprah Winfrey Announces ‘Debbies Book – 28th Edition’ As New Pick for Oprah’s Book Club

OprahBookDB“I have never read a book like this before,” Oprah says about The 28th Edition of Debbies Book, the entertainment and event industries’ most recent publication of rental and purchase resources.

In the April issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, Oprah describes the latest installment of the directory as “incredibly helpful in finding those difficult items, and perfect for newcomers to the Los Angeles area,” and recounts her first time reading the latest edition.

“I was on the couch and wondering where on earth I was going to find a chastity belt rental and a fortune-teller machine. I was calling everyone I could think of when it occurred to me, I have the most recent edition of Debbies Book. I had to use it. One of my deepest pleasures in life is knowing there are more resources out there than I could possibly remember. I started reading through the whole directory, page by page. So when I got to the last 100 pages, I slowed down, taking a break every 20 pages or so to savor; lingering over sentences like ‘Steam punk, Victorian copper and brass rolling control panels, consoles with gauges, levers and hand controls.’ By midafternoon I was done. Too soon.

When I found out that Debbies Book is almost 40 years old, I thought, Wow. This directory has almost everything. There’s no other explanation for such a vivid, searing resource directory that penetrates through the page to the reader’s last minute rental needs. No question about it. I couldn’t wait to announce The 28th Edition of Debbies Book as my latest Oprah’s Book Club (OBC) pick.”

Grab a copy of your own Debbies Book here!