CONNIE SIMMONS and DAVID DUNLOP began working together to create programming about art, art history, painting and creativity after Connie took one of David’s painting classes at Silvermine Art Guild in Connecticut. She left his classes so inspired by his approach, inspiration and encyclopedic knowledge, and they found that they had similar goals. They formed a partnership to try to capture this approach and to create a new type of art programming that would explore art and creativity in a series of DVDs and television programs.
Connie is the President of SimmonsArt Inc. and she and David have produced many series and art programs. She produced and directed two Seasons of the PBS Series Landscapes through Time with David Dunlop, which began airing nationally in June, 2008 and several different series of other arts programs. She and David were both awarded a 2009 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Special Class Series and they were both also nominated for a 2009 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Special Class Series. Landscapes through Time with David Dunlop has been broadcast in over 88% of the US and in 92% of the top 10 demographic markets.
Connie began her career as an entertainment lawyer in private practice, working with film companies such as New Line Cinema and Miramax. She left private practice in 1990 to serve as vice president at Columbia Tri Star. Connie was part of the management team that launched the Food Network in 1993 and she served as its Executive Vice President. Connie spent her first years in Texas, first in Dallas and then in Austin. She received her BA in History at the University of Texas at Austin. She then moved to New York City and received her JD from Columbia Law School. She lives in New York City with her husband Jim Krugman.
Future Television Projects
Connie and David are currently In preproduction for the Third Season of Landscapes through Time with David Dunlop and several other arts programs.