James J. Agazzi

During the years designing these television epics he was also quite active in the Equity Waver Theatre scene in Los Angeles where his directorial efforts (and design as well) received several Citation of Excellence awards from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. For a period of 8 years James served on the executive board of American Theatre Arts in Hollywood.

In 1992, James was pleasantly surprised to be honored by Joliet Junior College with a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award at their annual Spring Banquet.

Most recently he has been developing an ability for dramatic writing - something that began many years ago in a literary composition class he took with Mrs. Vera Smith at Joliet Junior College - where he developed a long-standing friendship with Ms. Smith (perhaps Joliet's most outstanding citizen ever) that continues today. James tries to always visit her when in town. In 2000 this literary exploration led to his writing and directing a short fiction film "A WINDOW THAT OPENS" - a poignant study of three generations of women enduring the changes wrought by having to say goodbye. He sought and gained the endorsement of the Los Angeles Alzheimer's Association and the Orange County Alzheimer's Association which made it possible to achieve non-profit status for this project.

The film has been an official selection at many film festivals in the US and one in York, England as well. In 2001 "WINDOW" was honored by receiving the PLATINUM AWARD - WORLDFEST HOUSTON; a MATURE MEDIA AWARD; 2nd PLACE, SAN LUIS OBISPO FILM FESTIVAL, and HONORABLE MENTION for both script and film at the COLUMBUS OHIO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. This same year it was an official selection at the Ashland Oregon, Pasadena Method Fest, Ojai California, and Chicago Silver Images film festivals. In 2002, "WINDOW" was honored with a US CINE GOLD EAGLE, received HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS from the PHILAFILM (Philadelphia) and ROCHESTER NEW YORK film festivals, and was an official selection at the Myhelan New Jersey and Muskegon Michigan Film Festivals. It has been selected to participate in the 2003 GEORGE LINDSEY FILM FESTIVAL at the University of North Alabama.

James Agazzi was born and raised in Joliet, and attended Joliet Township High School and Joliet Junior College where he was quite active in choir, drama and art programs. He returns on a regular basis to Joliet where his extended family continues to live.

James Agazzi's college experience was fulfilled at UCLA - to which he transferred from JJC. His choice of study was as a member of the Theatre Arts department where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts. That was followed by a Master of Arts, with a specialization in Design and Direction for the Stage. During his final year at UCLA James was a teaching assistant for the summer program. At the same time, he also achieved a General Secondary Teaching Credential that involved teaching 7th Grade Art and Beginning Drama at Hollywood High School.

Almost immediately upon finishing at UCLA, James obtained an Assistant Art Director position working on the Danny Thomas and Bob Hope television specials being produced at NBC-TV. Eventually game shows made him a full-fledged Art Director. During this part of his career, he designed the original sets for such well known game shows as The Price is Right, Match Game, Now You See It, Classic Concentration, Cardsharks, Battlestars and Whew. The N.Y. and Pennsylvania Lotteries also utilized his designs.

James was able to make a transition to filmed television series and became the Production Designer for a series of popular shows - including HART TO HART, PAPER DOLLS, SHANON'S DEAL, and MOONLIGHTING. This led to mini-series and movies of the week - where he designed 9 MOW's based on Daniel Steele novels.

James was the Production Designer for Elizabeth Taylor's first major TV effort - "There Must Be a Pony" as well as the biographical mini-series - "LIZ - The Elizabeth Taylor Story" and most recently - "The Beat Goes On - the Sonny and Cher Story." This body of work brought the recognition of 9 Emmy Nominations, winning the EMMY for his design work on MOONLIGHTING.



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