Tony Fanning studied stage design at UNC School of the Arts and Yale School of Drama. He designed the original Broadway production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running, directed by Lloyd Richards. His other stage works include the national tour of The Who’s Tommy, directed by Victoria Bussert; and productions at some of the country’s most prestigious theaters and opera companies, including The Guthrie, South Coast Repertory, The Old Globe, San Diego Opera, The Goodman Theatre, Ahmanson Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre Virginia Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Geffen Playhouse.
As an art director for feature film and television, Fanning shared an Emmy Award and an Art Directors Guild Award for the pilot episode of NBC's The West Wing. He has had the privilege of collaborating with such filmmakers as Steven Spielberg on Munich, War of the Worlds and Amsted; Sam Raimi on Spider-Man; Steven Soderbergh on Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen; Joel and Ethan Coen on Intolerable Cruelty; Nancy Meyers on What Women Want; Robert Zemeckis on The Polar Express and What Lies Beneath; and with Brad Silberling on Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, for which he again shared an Art Directors Guild Award.
As a production designer for feature films, his credits include Andrew Fleming’s Nancy Drew, Hamlet 2 and Ideal Home; Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg’s Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay; Jim Sheridan’s Brothers; Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs; Jim Field Smith’s Butter; Miguel Arteta’s Youth in Revolt; Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband; and Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.
As a production designer for television, Fanning worked on Chris Carter’s Amazon Studios film The After; with Brad Silberling on the pilot of No Tomorrow for The CW; and Terry Zwigoff on the pilot of Budding Prospects for Amazon Studios. He designed both the NBC series The New Normal and AMC’s Better Call Saul, for which he was again an Art Directors Guild Award nominee.