NAME: Jonathan Abrams
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR COMPANY?
Nutmeg is a full-service creative, marketing and promotions resource. We have a history of post-production specialization that spans more than three decades, and we have now expanded our services to include all phases of creative, production and post — from concept to completion.
WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE?
Chief Technical Engineer
WHAT DOES THAT ENTAIL?
Working alongside two other people to design and implement new systems, upgrade and maintain existing systems and solve the challenges of Nutmeg’s staff and clientele.
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT FALLS UNDER THAT TITLE?
I am the keeper of the paper shredder.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF THE JOB?
Identifying the cause of a problem.
WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE?
Being caught in the triangle. When the solution to a problem is dependent upon equipment from different companies working together, and something from one of those companies does not work properly with the other company’s product, and they point the finger at the other. This makes me the poor sap caught in the middle.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TIME OF THE DAY?
The morning. It allows me to get some work done on systems before the staff starts using them for the day.
IF YOU DIDN’T HAVE THIS JOB, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD?
Engineering and producing records.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS PROFESSION?
I come from a musical family and can play both the piano and the alto saxophone. I knew that I wanted to be involved with music. I also knew that I wanted to do something with computers. When I looked at the liner notes for the CDs I owned (The Police, Sting, Genesis), the same name kept coming up, and that was Hugh Padgham. I decided that I wanted to be him, and if I couldn’t be him, I wanted to be doing the same type of work.
I started at Nutmeg in May of 2001 after seeing a job listing for a Pro Tools tech. Prior to September 2009, much of Nutmeg’s business was based around audio post-production, so they have strong audio roots.
HOW EARLY ON DID YOU KNOW THIS WOULD BE YOUR PATH?
I knew when I was 16 that this was the road I wanted to travel.
CAN YOU NAME SOME RECENT PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON?
A sampling of Nutmeg’s recent work includes audio mixing for M&M’s, Castrol, Pep Boys and Match.com; color grading for Avon, Revlon, ABC Upfront, Dish Network and Wendy’s; editing for Sundance Upfront, Nickelodeon, Novartis, Syfy, Food Network and USA Network; creating sound design and original content for a Nickelodeon app.
NAME THREE PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT.
MacBook Pro, iDevice, digital camera.
WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS DO YOU FOLLOW?
Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn, Google+.