Art Directors/Set Decorators
James Yarnell grew up in England, where he earned a B.A. (Hons) degree in 3 Dimensional Design. In 1995 he came to the U.S., where he found work as a production assistant on Dallas. This led to work on various television shows. He eventually began working with the renowned Roy Christopher and Bruce Ryan. Today, Yarnell works as a production designer; he has earned multiple Primetime Emmy nominations, and in 2009 won an Emmy for the art direction on American Idol. Yarnell is currently the production designer of Dancing with the Stars and American Idol. He has served on the Art Directors/Set Decorators Peer Group Executive Committee for six years.
After earning a B.A. in Fine Art from Boston University, Barbara Cassel moved to Chicago, and then to New York City, where she worked in contract interior design. In 1979 she moved to Los Angeles and continued her work in interior design. In 1988 she got a call to be a set decorator buyer on her first feature film. She then began to decorate for television, which she has been loving ever since. Cassel has worked on many series, including Without a Trace, Boston Public, Vegas and Hung. In 2007 she received a Primetime Emmy in 2007 for her work on Tony Bennett: An American Classic with renowned production designer John Myhre. She was a member of the Art Directors/Set Decorators Peer Group Executive Committee from 2005-2008, and is now honored to serve as governor.