An award-winning industry vet, Dave Rogan is Nutmeg’s creative heart and soul, the spark that ignites the imaginations of clients and staff alike. To every project, Dave brings a palpable sense of wonder, a contagious excitement and a 360-degree perspective powered by a voracious appetite for pop-culture, classics and everything in between. The result: advertising, marketing, branding and content that deliver maximum impact and measurable engagement.
A practical perfectionist who fell in love with advertising in high school, Dave has gone on to live his dream, working with brands that include Korg, Marshall, Vox, 2K Sports, 2K Games, MTV Games (Rock Band), Nivea for Men, W Hotels and Sony. One of his favorite projects was an underground campaign for “Sid Meier’s Civilization” video game that entailed a fictional 12-step support group for people who were addicted to the game. One of his most high-profile projects was for “The Beatles: Rock Band” launch, during which he got to work with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, who, additionally, personally unveiled his packaging designs at the E3 trade show.
How best to sum up Dave? Imagine a man who can simultaneously embrace the absurdity of “Broad City” and Mitch Hedberg, a favorite quote from “It’s a Wonderful Life” (“To my big brother, George. The richest man in town.”) and the lyrics to “The Spirit Carries On” by prog-metal band Dream Theater (“Move on, be brave / don’t weep at my grave / because I am no longer here. / But please never let / your memories of me disappear.”). Yeah, that’s Dave.
Little did Mike know during his days as a renowned sandwich artist at Subway in Holyoke, Massachusetts, that he would one day go from making everyone’s favorite foot-longs to creating marketing campaigns about them. These days, Mike regularly writes, produces and directs for clients that include Nickelodeon, Vevo, NBC, Aflac, Indeed, USA, Syfy, Sundance TV, Chiller and AMC. He’s also produced shoots in places as varied as Florida and Kuwait and directed talent as diverse as Tim Allen, David Lee Roth, Alfonso Ribiero and Regis Philbin.
Much of Mike’s early television career was spent in long form at VH1, writing and producing content for several shows including the original “Best Week Ever.” If there were a clip show called “100 Greatest Producers of Clip Shows,” Mike would certainly be featured in the top three and the footage would be fascinating.
What else would you like to know? Mike’s middle toe is longer than his other toes (and some of his fingers). His bucket list includes watching “The Bucket List.” His favorite quote? “It’s not from ‘The Bucket List’.” His proudest accomplishment? “I’ll say ‘my kids,’ in case my kids read this.” His words to live by? “Nouns. Without them, verbs would have nothing to do.” His favorite site? “The Onion.” Bet you didn’t see that coming.
Fred is an award-winning executive creative director and change agent who has led teams that created over 500 innovative main title and broadcast design packages, on-air promotion and image campaigns, experiential media environments and event and screen content for some of the world’s largest brands. Sleep was never an option.
Recognized as one of the creators of MTV’s original editorial style, Fred has an extensive list of music video credits that includes Guns & Roses, LL Cool J, U2, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Pearl Jam, INXS, Bruce Springsteen, Cypress Hill and Roger Waters, to name a few. He developed a mad passion for The Verve and Oasis (he still wishes Noel and Liam would just get along), and led the design division of Sony Music Studios, where he defined the image of some of MTV’s most successful programs.
As Executive Creative Director at Sony Music Entertainment, Fred created high-profile work for ESPN, Don Mischer, Done and Dusted, Den Of Thieves, Verizon, AMEX, Chevron Oil, Momentum Worldwide, McGarryBowen, Embassy Row, Fuse, VH1, NBC, HBO, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, A&E, The History Channel, and many more.
Fred is a photography enthusiast who likes to shoot film but whose real passion lies in the printing process. From traditional silver gelatin to Lith printing, Fred can spend days in the dark room cooking in the red safe light while developing his chemical romance.
Doug is an accomplished creative executive who kicked off his career at World Wrestling Entertainment where he not only got his own entrance music and grooming inspiration, but helped establish the WWE as a global brand and worldwide leader in sports entertainment.
As creative director and executive producer of WWE’s in-house creative agency, Doug led a promotional, branded content and character development initiative that generated over $100,000,000 in annual revenue over a seven-year period. As VP of Reality Programming and Special Projects, Doug served as executive producer of WWE’s flagship reality competition show, “Tough Enough,” and the WWE Network’s first original non-scripted program, “Legends’ House.”
Leveraging his knowledge of live event production and branded entertainment, Doug teamed with Frito-Lay and global sports and lifestyle marketing agency UEG to co-create Los Cheetahs, an original branded entertainment freestyle soccer experience for the Cheetos brand. Just don’t ask him to bend it like Beckham.
In 2014, Doug met and fell madly in like with the future NTMG Design team, and, together, they’ve created memorable broadcast design packages, main title sequences, experiential design and live event experiences for clients that include Nickelodeon, ESPN, Don Mischer, CBS Sports, iHeart Media, HBO, NatGeo, and many more.
Other things to know about Doug: he once owned a bar in Manhattan, he very stupidly played football much longer than he should have, he likes to drive fast, he still hugs and kisses his parents every time he sees them, he can explain exactly what a Nittany Lion is and he considers his greatest work to date being the father of two amazing boys, Miles and Sebastian.
“I make magic with a rainbow keyboard,” says Liz, an Emmy-nominated editor who first realized her career path on a grade-school sick day when she watched “Grease” 30 times and was able to point out all the mistakes. “I understood then that I had an eye for detail. It’s the Virgo in me.” Among the clients that have benefitted from Liz’s eye for detail are AMC, USA, Nickelodeon, MTV, Edelman, Coty, Clinique, Syfy, Sundance TV and Bloomberg.
Inspiration also came early, in the form of Oprah. “I wrote to her when I was 13 and she wrote back! Well, someone wrote back, and said to never give up, to keep on working hard to follow through with my goals.”
To that end, the self-described foodie and traveler is an avid outdoors lover whose proudest accomplishment is reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, “out of breath but still smiling.” Her favorite travel destination is “any and every wine region,” but, having said that, her bucket list includes Antarctica.
A few of Liz’s other favorite things: “I love organized piles, black coffee, exclamation marks, Avid audio scrub (the reason for my all-caps emails), elephant knick-knacks, European roundabouts, tiny baby spoons, reality TV meltdowns, random dancing, documentaries, run-on sentences, dessert for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between!”
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!
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?
Bitten by the editorial bug way back in fourth grade at St. Catherine of Sienna elementary where he produced a live news and entertainment program, Rich has continued his creative journey at Nutmeg in spectacular fashion as he has recently stepped seamlessly into the roles of producer and director, helming projects for clients such as Area 23/FCB Health, Sundance TV, Beat Sports, Animal Planet and Chiller.
With a bilingual ability—or a knack for imitating accents, at least—derived from watching countless hours of Spanish-language variety shows, Rich recently jetted off to Madrid for a pharmaceutical shoot in between gigs as actor (he’s not a doctor but he played one on…), mentor (he regularly dazzles younger editors with his highly evolved use of non-existent words such as: moyak, shlabonza and shlaboygan) and celebrity wingman (see the photo of him with The Hoff).
Ask Rich to describe himself in three words and he says, “Ask someone else.” Typical Rich. Listen to his answers to a few other questions, however, and you might come up with three words of your own. The person he admires most? “Mother Theresa. She gave up everything to help others.” His words to live by? “You can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” His guilty pleasure? “Sappy Hallmark movies.”
So, three words to describe Rich? Selfless, supportive, sincere. And maybe just a little bit sappy.
Amazed as a kid by Discovery’s how-did-they-do-those-special-effects series, “Movie Magic,” Drew has been hooked on making magic of his own ever since. He now assists producers by cutting spots, handling deliverables and preparing files for various platforms, from TV to Facebook, and he’s worked with clients that include Animal Planet, A&E, Discovery, Verizon, Disney, HBO, Nickelodeon and Tran Siberian Orchestra.
An avid traveler, Drew has lived in England, Italy and Japan and, before he turned 30, visited 15 countries on four continents. His favorite destination is “anywhere I haven’t been yet,” which explains why his to-do list includes visiting the other three continents.
Three things Drew couldn’t live without? “Coffee, cheeseburgers and Braxton, my dog.” As for three words to describe himself: “funny, creative, weird,” which may or may not explain why his theme song is “The Imperial March” from “Star Wars.” Is he serious? “These are not the droids you’re looking for,” he says.
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.
Karolina Dawson is a native of Poland who turned a “fun year abroad” into a permanent move when she came to the States in 1999 to study in Boston. Luckily, her Polish accent was not affected.
After making her way to New York in 2002 to finish her degree at Hunter College, she landed at Sony Music Studios and promptly met two devilishly handsome creative types, Fred Salkind and David Rogers. The rest, as they say, is history, and Art Director Karolina has gone on to work with Fred and Dave to create memorable designs for MTV, Fuse, Nickelodeon, A&E, ESPN, TNT, Don Mischer, and many others.
Away from work, Karolina is an action-adventure travel junkie and always looking for a new challenge or destination. She enjoys architecture and photography and is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to tennis and darts. Karolina is proud to call Astoria her home and even prouder to share her home with her dog, Jonesy.
After spending his early career creating stop-motion sequences, custom props, rigs and puppets for the likes of Proctor & Gamble, Nestlé, NBC, Centrum and Seiko, David switched gears and dove into the digital realm, concentrating on design, animation and compositing for television and events.
To this day, he loves nothing more than an intriguing challenge, tackling the practical execution of a client’s wish list with a MacGyver-like glee. Engineers will often find him poking around for some odd bit to employ in an unexpected fashion. Bicycles and tools are his passion.
Whatever’s needed to get the job done, be it 2D, 3D or crazy aspect ratios, David has seen it all. He leads the charge on workflows and huge deliverable spreadsheets, and he likes to add that final spit and polish to make everything shine. Projects and clients have included Sony Music, MTV, Nickelodeon, Fuse, Primetime Emmy Awards, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Miss America, ESPN Motorsports and AMC’s “Comic Book Men.”
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.
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.
What does Frank do at Nutmeg? “I mix,” he says simply, a career he was inspired to embark upon after seeing—and hearing—1982’s “Poltergeist.” Fast-forward 30 years and Frank is thrilled to work in a field that dovetails with his personal passion: making music.
“I started off spending many hours in recording studios as a bass player, and then found myself drawn to the mixer’s chair.” Which is no doubt why mixing the internationally acclaimed rockumentary, “Lemmy,” about Motorhead’s founder and frontman, came so naturally to him. “To this day, I gig regularly on bass and also mix sound for my friends’ bands whenever my schedule permits. Music and sound are a major part of my life, and I’m thankful for all the friends I’ve made along the way.”
One of Frank’s favorite recurring gigs is with Tuesday Afternoon, a Moody Blues tribute band, and when he’s not performing hits like “Nights in White Satin,” “Your Wildest Dreams” and “Ride My See-Saw,” he chooses, instead, to ride his Harley. Upping his cool factor: Frank records voice actors for “Archer,” including H. Jon Benjamin and Jessica Walter.
As a sound designer, mixer and recording engineer at Nutmeg, Andrew has spent thousands of hours recording voice talent for network clients and national advertising campaigns, as well as animation projects for clients such as Disney and Nickelodeon. Since joining the team in 2009, his mixes have been featured on a wide variety of networks including Syfy, Food Network, PBS, Destination America, USA Network and Cooking Channel, to name a few.
In the world of long-form, Andrew has contributed his skill-set to a number of full-length productions, most notably HBO’s “High Maintenance.” From location-sound cleanup to dialog editing, from foley to ADR and ambiance design, Andrew strives for perfection in every aspect of audio post-production.
So, how did it all start? Very long story short, Andrew’s front teeth were knocked loose in a fifth-grade playground accident, forcing him to switch from playing the trombone to playing the drums (a non-wind instrument). Inspired by his new passion, Andrew went on to receive a B.A. in Music Industry at SUNY Oneonta, where he fell in love with the craft of audio post production (not to mention his wife, Lisa Marie).
The culmination of this decades-long journey leads to the mixing chair at Nutmeg. Needless to say, accidents really do happen for a reason.
Sammy G considers the best advice ever given to her to have come from a pretty sterling source: Yoda. “Do, or do not. There is no try.” It’s advice that has informed every day of her years at Nutmeg. Sammy does stuff. Lots of it. Production assistant, prop mistress, art director—and yet Samantha admits with youthful exuberance that she still doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. Whatever it is, we’re crossing our fingers that it’s here at Nutmeg.
Samantha loves television, music and the internet, and looks forward to the inevitable Apple Brain Chip she’ll be happy enough to stand in line for. A natural performer, her go-to karaoke number is Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” and considering the way she goes about her day-to-day business, we’re betting that she’s taken that sentiment to heart as well.
Assistant Mixer Daniel first realized what he wanted to do in life during high school when he went into a studio to play guitar with his hardcore band and was more interested in what the engineer was doing than nailing his takes. A few years later he graduated with honors from the Institute of Audio Research, landed a gig at Mixopolis and now calls Nutmeg home.
He still plays guitar (and still searches for the perfect tone), listens to lots of metal, cites “Domination” by Pantera as his theme song, collects vinyl, swears he never does karaoke and yet confesses to an appreciation of both ABBA and The Carpenters, which is more an indication that he’s a super trouper than the fact that rainy days and Mondays always get him down.
Other pop culture faves include “Home Improvement” on the small screen and “Boondock Saints” on the big screen. He counts pizza, tacos and, of course, music as the three things he couldn’t live without, quickly followed by his partner in crime, Jessicya, their Jack Russell/Cocker Spaniel Otto and his pug Buckle who lives with his mom. His secret talent? “I can clap with one hand, with both hands, at the same time.” Super, indeed!
“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!
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.”
With a name like Michalyn, pronounced “Mike-uh-Lynn,” you’re bound to wind up in a creative field, but it wasn’t until she was halfway through college, and watching her favorite show 30 Rock, when Michalyn realized she wanted to pursue a career in the film and television industry. Now, as an Associate Producer with Nutmeg, she assists the creative team with all things involving pre-production, production, and post-production. She’s also known for putting pictures of her dog, Fred, up throughout the Nutmeg offices; “it boosts morale,” she insists.
When she’s not at Nutmeg or fawning over Fred, you can find Michalyn watching episodes of Chopped on repeat (no, she can’t cook, but she loves pretending she can,) planning her next vacation destination (she’s hoping to hit all seven continents before age 35,) and writing about all things Fred, Food Network, and travel alike.
Fun Fact about Michalyn: she lived in four different countries before she turned 21. She hopes to one day add more countries to her list of places she calls home.