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  • Lauren Boyle - Director of Operations

    Lauren Boyle

    Director of Operations
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    Lauren Boyle

    Nutmeg’s Director of Operations, Lauren, has one daily raison d'être: “To make sure everyone’s day runs smoothly.” Especially yours. That she succeeds without you even being aware that she had a hand in why your day went so well is a testament to how good she is at what she does. On an hour-by-hour daily basis, Lauren organizes the entire Nutmeg staff, freelancers and clients in 20 editing and audio suites spread over three floors.

    She’s the invisible but essential component of project management who guarantees efficient and cost-effective production. And she can rock a midnight-blue leather jacket while she’s at it—a hint that there’s more to Lauren than her laser-like focus on detail. Witness: Her nickname is Benny, in honor of her go-to karaoke song, “Bennie and the Jets” by Elton John. Witness: First place honors in our annual Halloween Costume Contest (2015) and our annual Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest (2014). Witness: When did she first realize what she wanted to do at Nutmeg? “I discovered that the liquor cabinet was always fully stocked.” For clients, of course!

    Her mantra, based on the best advice she’s ever received: “You have to make rainbows and sparkles come out of the phone for clients.” Taste the rainbow!

  • Brian Donnelly - Director of Production

    Brian Donnelly

    Director of Production
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    Brian Donnelly

    By his own account, Brian is an editor, producer and production manager who eats too many snacks. He’s also worked with cable networks that include HGTV, Travel Channel, BET, Nickelodeon, Syfy, truTV, Food Network and Chiller.

    A chance occurrence ignited Brian’s career choice. Literally. He was working in NBC’s advertising and promotion department when a fire forced his team to relocate to an out-of-house post-production facility for four months. “I felt like I was home,” he says. And, as we all know, there’s no place like home.

    In his free time, Brian raises money for the Special Olympics of New Jersey by diving into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean every winter for the Polar Bear Plunge (just an FYI: the average water temperature is 35 degrees F!). He loves going on adventures with his wife and kids—“I don’t like sitting around the house”—and he runs a Cub Scout pack of 43 scouts. His guilty pleasure is cheese dip and his go-to karaoke song is “Midnight Train to Georgia.” But only to sing backup. And only if he did karaoke. Which he doesn’t.

    He actually won the lottery recently. “Ten dollars on a scratch-off! I used $5.70 to pay a late fee at the library, I bought a breakfast sandwich for four dollars and I tossed the remaining 30 cents in my change jar at home.” Which explains why he was back in Edit 2 on Monday morning. Wait. Brian goes to the library?

  • Gary Scarpulla - Senior Colorist

    Gary Scarpulla

    Senior Colorist
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    Gary Scarpulla

    Emmy-winning colorist Gary began his career in 1989 in the then-burgeoning genre of music videos, quickly becoming the go-to colorist for directors like Paris Barclay, Lionel Martin, Matt Mahurin, Brett Ratner and Marc Klasfeld. He soon branched out into commercials and promos and helped create iconic looks for networks such as MTV.

    His extensive background in sports programming includes documentaries and promos for the Olympics, HBO, NBC Sports, NBC Universal, WWE, History, A&E, ESPN and Syfy. He has also worked on numerous series and features including “Strangers With Candy,” “Pete & Pete,” “Nature,” “HBO Undercover,” “Tupac: Resurrection,” “Lemmy” and countless others.

    A class act whose personal tastes tend toward the classics, Gary is a diehard Mets fan who listens to The Who, Miles Davis, Allman Brothers Band, Coltrane, Sinatra, Ella and Grant Green (“Most anything without drum machines or synths”). His favorite movie quote is from 1947’s landmark film noir “Out of the Past”: “Build my gallows high, baby” (which is something you could imagine Gary saying). The best advice he ever received? “Don’t look back, they may be gaining on you.” And the three things he could never live without? “My wife, my kids, The Mets.” Diehard, baby.

    Selected Work

  • Brian Beatrice - Sound Designer/Mixer, Composer

    Brian Beatrice

    Sound Designer/Mixer, Composer
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    Brian Beatrice

    Emmy Award-winning talent Brian is one of New York City’s most respected mixers and sound designers. In addition to short-form work for Nickelodeon, Food Network, USA Network, Syfy and truTV, and commercial spots for Calvin Klein, Baron and Baron, Publicis and Anomaly, Beatrice is known for his work on such recent long-form programs as WNET/PBS’s “Nature,” “Secrets of the Dead,” “Wide Angle” and National Geographic Channel’s “Secret Service” series. His documentary work includes projects for PBS, VH1, Lifetime and History, as well as numerous independent films.

    In his spare time, Brian is actively engaged in various exploratory studio projects, obsessing over some noise generator, composing original music and touring with his widely acclaimed band. On that note, Brian says his theme song is hard to pin down and ever changing. At the moment, it’s Steve Reich’s minimalist “Music for 18 Musicians.” As for his go-to karaoke tune, it’s… never, ever, ever. Unless, he says, there’s a place with that Reich piece in the catalog. A karaoke version of a piece with no words? Brian is a man of many talents.

  • Frank Verderosa - Sound Designer/Mixer, Composer

    Frank Verderosa

    Sound Designer/Mixer, Composer
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    Frank Verderosa

    As a sound designer, mixer and composer, Frank delivers everything from lush 5.1 surround for TV spots, theatrical trailers to full radio production from casting through delivery. Frank’s credits also include numerous animation feature projects, cartoons as well as ADR for TV shows and films.

    Trained as a Tonmeister and a musician with a B.S. from SUNY Fredonia, Frank leapt into the world of major-label album production only to discover that his life goals weren’t in line with his career goals. After one particular all-night session with Notorious BIG in which a gun was used for real-time sound effects in a dark booth, Frank traded in the nightlife and joined the daytime world of audio post production. Years of ear training and a musical background worked in his favor as ad agencies quickly began requesting him. This led to the formation, at age 26, of his own company, where he expanded his offerings for almost a decade before trading it in to join Nutmeg in 2004. When asked which brands he has done work for, he replied “All of them! I’ve been at this since 1992!”.

    The only thing Frank is more passionate about than being in the studio is comedy and kayaking. Sometimes at the same time. Depending on how funny you think getting stuck in the mud at low tide is.

    Selected Work

  • Mark Spano - Technical Engineer

    Mark Spano

    Technical Engineer
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    Mark Spano

    “I’m a helper,” says Mark. “My mission in life, and the thing that I’m best at, is helping to get jobs done, so I’ve made a career out of it.” In pre-production, Mark searches out the best methods of acquisition, advising staff and clients on how best to handle materials before we get them. In production, Mark assesses and implements tools that serve the technical needs of our crews and our creative staff. In post, he preps media, routes materials to their destinations and helps usher jobs from edit, mix and color to delivery and beyond. In addition, he creates and maintains systems for staff and brainstorms efficient workflows for clients such as Armani, Reboot USA, Yves Saint Laurent, ESPN, Three Point Films and Syfy.

    Mark is inspired by the potential for unexpected surprise and, like Walt Whitman, he himself contains multitudes. He’s a modern dance aficionado who names choreographers Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown as his faves. His artistic tastes encompass Monet, van Gogh, Warhol and FriendsWithYou, the sometimes-playful, sometimes-spiritual art-as-social-interaction collaborative with the motto “Magic, Luck and Friendship.” He was the first of his peers to beat Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. He’s related to both Al Capone and Robert Loggia. Still on his bucket list: famed Tokyo sushi restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro.

    A New Yorker through and through, Mark’s favorite destination is Central Park, his guilty pleasure is Gray’s Papaya Recession Special and his theme song is “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” by the Beastie Boys. What does he love most about the city he calls home? “The subway.” Just like every other New Yorker!

  • Jonathan S. Abrams - Chief Technical Engineer

    Jonathan S. Abrams

    Chief Technical Engineer
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    Jonathan S. Abrams

    As Chief Technical Engineer, Jonathan designs and implements new systems, maintains existing systems and, in general, solves the engineering challenges of both Nutmeg’s staff and clients. He brings noteworthy credentials to his role, serving as the current Chairman of the Audio Engineering Society’s New York section and as a moderator for the Avid Pro Audio Community, and he shares his expertise and insights in articles for Post Magazine and Broadcast Engineering.

    Three things Jonathan couldn’t live without are his digital camera, MacBook Pro and “iDevice,” which is his way of saying he’s a Mac as opposed to a PC, and he’s inspired by “the lawbreakers who provide many photo opportunities for my Instagram feed by leaving their trashed CRTs on New York sidewalks.”

    A music lover, Jonathan plays the piano, enjoys creating mashups, cites “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister as his theme song, names “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers as his go-to karaoke choice and admires British producer Hugh Padgham as well as the artists he’s worked with, including Genesis, The Police and Sting. His favorite lyric actually comes courtesy of Sting, from “Englishman in New York”: “Be yourself no matter what they say.”

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