After graduating from college, Denise Pizzini pursued a career in Interior Design in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas, where she found success specializing in restaurants and commercial projects. Denise began her career in the entertainment industry as a commercial Art Director.
After working on several films as the "local hire", then spending close to a year on location, Denise realized using design to tell a story was a path with endless creative possibilities and challenges. She closed her interior design practice and moved to Los Angeles.
Denise has spent most of the last 20 years Production Designing independent films and television. Her career has included everything from smaller films such as "Like Water for Chocolate" (for which Denise received an Ariel for Best Art Direction) and "Black Dynamite," to larger films such as "Thirteen Days" and "The Italian Job".
Denise Production Designed the last 3 seasons of the NBC show "Community", the Fox pilots "Enlisted" and "Fatrick", Jon Favreau "Chef".
In 2012 Denise was nominated for an Art Directors Guild award for the "Pillows and Blankets" episode of Community. In 2016, she received the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for her work on ABC's "The Muppets."
Denise was subsequently nominated for an Emmy® award in 2016 for Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less), for her work on "The Muppets."
She became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004, and has curated two acclaimed exhibits for the Academy on set decoration. She is also a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Denise enjoys working on location, and exploring new cities and cultures... but is always happy to return to sunny Los Angeles.