John Simmons, ASC
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John Simmons, ASC studied fine art at Fisk University and Cinematography at the University of California, USC. He presently serves as one of the ASC vice presidents. He started his work in documentaries working with film director Carlton Moss who became his mentor in college. Later his career led him to shooting and directing commercials, music videos with a spectrum of artists: Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and so many others. Simmons has been on the faculty at UCLA teaching cinematography and influencing and guiding the careers of students for more than twenty years.
His introduction to television began with movies of the week. He has shot number of documentaries for PBS, Showtime, and HBO.
His first multi-camera prime time show was The Hughleys.
This began a prominent career in multi-camera sitcoms. Simmons has received three Primetime Emmy nominations. In 2016 he won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for the show Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.