Meet the Team
Jason Tregoe Newman is an Emmy award-winning music editor, engineer, composer, producer, and the founder of JTN Music and Tregoe Enterprises Inc. Jason is known for his versatile work on a wide range of genres, including Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Cosmos, Preacher, VEEP, Community, The Good Place, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. His most recent works include Women Of The Movement, Better Call Saul, Ozark, and The Offer.
Jason began his career in Boston, Massachusetts, where he attended Berklee College of Music and received a dual-degree in Film Scoring and Music Business. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, Jason moved to New York City, where he worked as a staff recording and mixing engineer for the industry-leading jingle house North Forty Music. Jason quickly began making a name for himself in NYC and was presented with the opportunity to expand from commercials to TV & Film across the country in Los Angeles, CA.
Since his move in 2002, Jason has created a bicoastal award-winning music editorial company, JTN Music, which is known throughout the industry for its standard of excellence. Jason has been awarded Emmy’s and Golden Reels, as well as being nominated over 20 times for outstanding music editorial.
He is currently nominated for the 2022 Emmy Awards for his work on Better Call Saul, and Lucy And Desi.
Jon Persitz | Chief Operating Officer
To say that Jon Persitz is from a musical family is putting it very lightly. He’s the first-born American generation from a family of Russian classical musicians, and from an early age was taught piano by his mother Julia- a concert violinist.
Though he was surrounded by music before birth, it was only when his mother brought Jon to a commercial recording session that his interest in sound for film and TV developed. Years later, Jon studied piano performance at the University of Minnesota. Ironically, this Russian couldn’t stand the cold and moved to Los Angeles three days after graduating. Since moving to Los Angeles, Jon’s musical compositions have been featured in nearly all mediums, including TV, film, radio, and commercials. To date, he has over 1,000 published works.
Jon’s interest in the business and development side of TV/film score, sound mixing, and editing came full circle when he was introduced to Jason Newman. Initially joining JTN Music as a studio assistant, Jon learned the processes within the company from the ground up, and his passion for the business’ inner-workings of the industry started to develop. Now, as COO at JTN Music, Jon is passionate about leading and supporting the team. He aims to streamline workflow and is continuously looking for areas to implement growth, strengthening the company from the inside out.
Bryant J. Fuhrmann is an award-winning music editor known for his work with JTN Music on Euphoria, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, The Good Place, Mozart In The Jungle, and more.
As the youngest of three gifted pianists, Bryant was surrounded by the likes of Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Brahms, and Schubert, but it was the more contemporary genres and music for film that genuinely piqued his interest, which led him to Berklee College of Music where his focus shifted towards music for TV and Film.After completing Berklee and subsequently his M.M in Composition from Northern Arizona University,
Bryant moved to Los Angeles in the Fall of 2013. Shortly thereafter, Bryant joined the JTN Music team and has loved every moment of it since. When he’s not working with music, you’ll likely finding him under the water working as a scuba diving instructor out in the cold waters of Southern California!
Bryan Carrigan is a music editor, engineer, producer and electronic music composer. He has been involved in Emmy-winning and nominated television projects, Oscar nominated films, and Grammy-winning and nominated albums. Bryan was nominated for album of the year in the 2017 Grammys for his work on Childish Gambino’s album, Awaken, My Love!
Growing up in the 80's, Bryan loved playing piano, trumpet, and violin but when he discovered synthesizers and recording at age 15, it sparked an interest in the technology and production side of music. Overdubbing on a four-track cassette, making sound effects with a radio shack mic & stompbox, and using an analog synth to recreate the sounds he heard on the radio was his kind of fun.
After music and recording school, Bryan worked at a top Atlanta studio where he assisted on Boys II Men’s debut album, which turned out to be a massive success. He then moved to LA to work for one of the largest studio facilities where he learned recording, mixing, production, and editing techniques from the absolute best in the business. He worked with artists as diverse as Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, Alanis Morrisette, No Doubt, Aerosmith, and Seal, to name a few and has been awarded over a dozen gold and platinum records.
Around 2000, Bryan started working in film and television, helping composers with recording & editing of orchestral scores, synth & drum programming, and ultimately music editing, which was a natural fit. With over 25 years of Pro Tools experience, he has seen it evolve from a simple two-track editing tool to the industry-standard writing, recording, and mixing solution it is today. Bryan has over 150 IMDB credits in tv and film and brings his passion for music to every project.
Leah Dennis is a music editor, singer, and producer living in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring, Leah started her journey in the music and film industry. While working under Grammy Award-winning film composer and guitarist Heitor Pereira, Leah worked on the blockbuster animation Minions and The Angry Birds Movie. As a music editor, Leah has worked on a wide array of projects spanning the TV and film scene in Los Angeles, including ABC’s A Million Little Things, Dreamworks Animation’s Spirit Untamed, Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy and BET’s Twenties. In the Spring of 2017, she joined the team at JTN Music.
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Leah grew up studying classical violin and voice from an early age. While attending Berklee College of Music, she founded the Women’s Film Initiative, a student-run organization that strives to inspire and strengthen women studying filmmaking and film scoring in the greater Boston area.
Zak Millman is a music editor and composer based in New York City. As a music editor, he’s worked on a large variety of Film, Television, and video game projects. From 2016-2018 he served as a music editor for Sony Playstation, working on titles including Santa Monica Studio’s God of War, for which he won an MPSE Golden Reel Award. Since 2019, he’s worked with JTN Music providing music editorial support on many television projects. Zak’s recent compositional favorites include the scores he composed for the films Sylphvania Grove (2018) and The Tinwife (2017).
Originally from New York, Zak pursued his undergraduate studies in composition at New York University. Following NYU, he relocated to Los Angeles and attended graduate school in the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program at the University of Southern California. After working with JTN Music on the West Coast, Zak moved back to New York City to lead the JTN Music East Coast branch. Working with the team as a bicoastal editor, Zak is able to support not only projects based in NYC, but on the West Coast as well, and beyond.
Zak is a fan of an eclectic array of music - his interests range from film and classical music, to musical theatre and heavy metal.
Lance has been been in love with music since his dad sat him down when he was five, put the giant Hi-fi headphones on his ears and said, “You’ll like this, it’s called Abbey Road”. His passion for music would lead him to playing guitar in bands through college. Recording demos for his band would lead him to study at The Institute of Audio Research in NYC where he fell in love with the recording process.
Upon graduation he took the leap and moved cross country to LA. He soon began working as a composer tech/assistant to several composers and found he had a knack for putting music to picture. In 2010 he continued to add to his skills as he took the position of Head of Music Technology at HUM Music in Santa Monica. There he supported staff composers in both the technical and creative, as well beginning to compose for commercials himself. With his strong audio engineering background he took on upgrading/maintaining the studio as well as running recording sessions. During his time at HUM he would be called to pull directional music and edit that music for placement.
This unlimitedly led to taking a position with Media Arts Lab (Apple’s ad agency) as a music editor. There Lance developed his skills in a creative fast paced environment and put his talent to use in one of Apples biggest and most successful campaigns featuring Siri and The Rock! From there, Lance set his music editing sights to TV and Film and joined the JTN Music team in 2022 where he enjoys working with the team on a multitude of projects.
Joshua Minyard has spent the last 15 years developing his own unique style and a strong skill-set within the music industry. With his work on feature films, network and cable television, as well as both major and independent labels he has gained extensive experience in engineering, editing, and mixing. In 2003, Josh graduated Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with a B.M. in Production Engineering.
Josh moved to Los Angeles in 2004, where he immediately found his start with Jason during his tenure with David
Schwartz working on Arrested Development. Over the last decade he has worked extensively with all of the major networks; including NBC where in 2007, his work as the vocal engineer on Scrubs, “My Musical” contributed to winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy. Josh was also the music mixer for the film Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story , which won the 2011 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing.
Most recently, he worked on Amazon's The Terminal List.
Marcelle Simpson has been obsessed with music and television since before she could talk. Her childhood home in New Jersey was filled with music by her grandmother, a professional classical pianist. Stemming from a desire to be like Grandma, Marcelle began studying piano at a young age. Her music education developed throughout high school, where she also grew to love playing the flute and singing in classical choirs. This musical obsession, combined with many, many hours spent in front of a television, naturally led Marcelle to find her passion for film music.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Film Scoring, Marcelle moved to Los Angeles, where she began working with the JTN Music team. As a music editor, she is humbled by the opportunity to create quality content in an industry that has had such a profound impact on her life.
In her free time, Marcelle enjoys doing puzzles, cooking vegan food, and looking at pictures of pugs.
Stephen Lotwis’s music editing talent developed from formal music training and working as a musician. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he studied guitar from a lineage of jazz greats, like Bucky Pizzarelli, Mel Lewis, and Thad Jones. Owner of his own production studio, Stephen engineered and produced independent records for Boston area artists and taught music in the Office of The Arts at Harvard University.
With over 40 major film credits to date, Stephen Lotwis has collaborated with some of Hollywood’s finest and most successful filmmakers, including Baz Luhrmann, George Clooney, Michael Bay, Michael Mann, Adam Sandler, and Brad Peyton. Best known for his work on the film Moulin Rouge, for which he earned an MPSE Golden Reel Award, Stephen also received nominations for Bobby, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Stigmata, and The Wedding Singer.
As a music editor, Luke has had the privilege of working on such projects as Mel Brooks’ History of the World Part II, Netflix’s Murderville, and the critically acclaimed Daniels film, Everything Everywhere All At Once, among others.
Luke grew up playing cello in the school orchestra (yes, he was a nerd). In college his musical interests expanded to include hip hop, electronic, and film music. Lately, Luke has been particularly interested in world music traditions—from Ukrainian folk singing to Balinese Gamelan to Ugandan drum grooves, Luke enjoys broadening his horizons through the unifying lens of music.
Jordan Cohen | Music Editor NYC
Jordan Cohen is a New York City-based Music Editor with a strong background in music production. After graduating with a Recording Arts degree from Full Sail University in 2004, he began working at a post-production house in Miami Beach. While in Miami, Jordan deejayed at hip-hop clubs in major circuits like Washington, D.C., and NYC. Through his love of crate-digging records and finding a catered sound, Jordan developed a keen ear for lush sonics as well as an immense respect for all genres of music. This passion lead him to Los Angeles, where he found work assisting composer Will Bates as well as music supervisor Thomas Golubić.
In early 2019, Jordan joined the JTN Music team and learned the art of music editorial from Jason Tregoe Newman and the JTN team. In January 2020, Jordan relocated to New York City to open up JTN Music’s bicoastal sister branch. Most recently, Jordans’s works include Fairfax, Sharp Stick, and Asteroid Impact.
From the age of eleven, Andrew Ransom was captivated musically by traveling the country every year with his older brother Ward - a production manager and carpenter for the Broadway show, Stomp. Seeing the show in different cities all across the country, Andrew garnered a love for performance, musicality, and instrument design.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Andrew began touring the world many times over as a bassist in several different bands. Eventually, Andrew arrived in Los Angeles to pursue a career in music for film & television.
Since then, Andrew has worked as a film composer, scoring sound designer, synth programmer, and upright/electric bassist. He has contributed musical sound design for several horror, thriller and
sci-fi films, including Godzilla: King of The Monsters, Snowden, Happy Death Day, and The Cloverfield Paradox.
Kellen was born into a Southern family where music was the centerpiece. Before she was even born, she responded to music from the womb. Kellen's mother went on a trip to New York City during her pregnancy. While she was there, she saw "Kiss of the Spider Woman" on Broadway. Kellen kicked in time with the bass drum the whole night.
Kellen is an alumna of Berklee College of Music, where she studied Film Scoring and Conducting. While at Berklee, she was very involved in the Musical Theater Club, where she performed in Sweeney Todd, Title of Show, and Spelling Bee.
After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue Music Editing. Shortly after, she began interning at JTN Music and has now moved up to Music Editor.
Hailing from El Paso, TX, Irene Garcia is a renowned keyboardist, vocalist, and composer who currently resides in Los Angeles. While Irene enjoys the art of composing, her true passion lies in the music editing world.
After Receiving a four year degree in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music, Irene assisted composer Joel Goodman at HiFi-Productions, as well as music editor Nick South at Winslow and Craige Inc. She is now excited to be one of the newest music editors for the JTN team!
On top of her love for the film and TV industry, Irene also enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and various other outdoor activities. Some of her favorite movies include Edward Scissorhands, The Prince of Egypt, and Memoirs of a Geisha.
Born and raised in San Jose, California, Amanda knew music would be her future when her parents encouraged her to take piano lessons at age nine. Those lessons eventually led her to the frigid city of Boston to study at Berklee College of Music.
Experiencing real weather for the first time, Amanda soon found a way to avoid the cold by hiding in the school’s recording studios. Consequently, she uncovered a love for all things technical and engineering.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude in Film Scoring and Music Production and Engineering, Amanda returned to sunny California and the warm embrace of Los Angeles, where she found work assisting a composer.
Though waveforms became her second language Amanda realized that assisting a composer wasn’t her goal - music editing was. It drew from both the creative aspects of film scoring and the technical facets of music engineering that she’d grown to love. With that path clear in mind, she made the leap to JTN Music.
When not working, Amanda is a full-time mom to two beautiful, crazy, adorable, smelly cats.
Matt Anthony is a British music producer and recording engineer. He emigrated to Los Angeles in 2009 after graduating from the London College of Music with a Music Technology Specialist BA degree. Since that time, Matt has worked with some of the most talented and successful artists, producers, and songwriters in the music industry, including Alessia Cara, Kendrick Lamar, Mark Ronson, Miguel, and SZA.
Seeking new employment after the 2020 pandemic led Matt to JTN Music, where he is now an honored member of the Studio Assistant team. Matt is excited to step into a new career that allows him to work with an incredible team of like-minded individuals and continue practicing his love for music.
"Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music" - Jimmy Hendrix.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Canada, Yu-Jie Jenna Liu started her music path with classical violin training under the guidance of William Van der Sloot (Mount Royal University Conservatory), later Ian Swensen (San Francisco Conservatory of Music), then Dr. Chelsey Green (Berklee College of Music).
As a performer, Jenna was a concertmaster of the Berklee Film Scoring Orchestra (2019), which performed under the baton of Harry Gregson-Williams, and the Calgary Youth Orchestra, which toured Germany in the summer of 2014. She was a finalist of the Canadian Music Competition 2017 and the second prize winner for the Frank Simpson Concerto Competition 2016. In 2021, Jenna was awarded the Alf Clausen Scholarship by the Film Scoring department of Berklee College of Music in recognition of her outstanding achievements and extraordinary talent.
Jenna graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in Film Scoring and a minor in Conducting in December 2021. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, where she joined the industry working with Music Editor Nicholas South and Composer Matthew Margeson and has now started the track to becoming a Music Editor with JTN Music. In her free time, Jenna likes to dabble in digital art and cook up new and tasty recipes.
Sonya Shalyagina | Studio Assistant
Growing up, Sonya spent much of her childhood mastering composition, classical music theory and piano performance. Shifting from being a classical pianist and composer to a film composer was something that took her some time to develop from a mental point of view. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Screen Scoring at Berklee College of Music. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Los Angeles where she joined the music editing team at JTN Music.
Sonya’s journey with film music started when she used to spend time watching old French movies. Something about the music and how it worked so well with the scenery in those movies really inspired her and that was one of the first moments where she started to feel that creating that relationship is what she wanted to do.
While being at Berklee, Sonya was very interested in the concept of music editing and got very inspired by the great faculty members trying to learn from them as much as she could. The idea of creativity of storytelling really drew her to pursue a career as a music editor.
Growing up as an introvert in a large family of 6 sisters and 2 brothers, it was often difficult for Kareem to find a place for peace and quiet. He would often use music as his vehicle to travel from the small confines of his household to the limitless world of his own imagination.
Kareem first fell in love with music for TV and film when he was a kid and heard “March of the Swivelheads” by The English Beat during the final scene of the cult classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. The way the music mirrored the emotion on screen inspired him to move from his hometown of Birmingham, AL, to Los Angeles, CA, pursuing his dream of creating music for film and television.
After moving to Los Angeles, he began working as a recording engineer, producer, and DJ around the city. This eventually led him to serve as an assistant music editor. Kareem has also worked on solo projects and pilots such as “High Heel” and “Look at Me” (The XXXtentacion documentary), where he also composed two songs.
Aside from music, Kareem is a dedicated husband and father. He spends most of his time studying quantum physics, doing calisthenics, and pondering the great wonders of our vast universe.
Magaly Dacosta-Calheiros | Studio Manager
Magaly Dacosta-Calheiros attended Boston University, where she received her Bachelors in Hospitality Administration with a minor in non-performance music.
After graduation, Magaly worked at Berklee College of Music as the Office Manager for the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
In the Fall of 2015, Magaly moved to California, where she worked as an Assistant Business Manager and was later promoted as a Business Manager, where she worked for multiple high net-worth individuals and charitable organizations.
Prior to joining the JTN team, she worked at Colburn Conservatory in Downtown Los Angeles as the Interim Manager and Assistant Manager of Housing and Residence Life.
With her extensive experience in administrative, business, and people management, Magaly joined JTN in the Fall of 2021.
In her spare time, Magaly enjoys watching movies and dancing while cleaning. She also uses Excel as a coping mechanism and lives and dies by agendas. Most importantly, she loves a puppy named Pancake.
Conchita Newman | Financial Operations
Conchita attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts and then continued her studies at The Boston Conservatory, receiving a BFA in Musical Theatre. Whilst pounding the pavement of NYC in search of Broadway, she worked as an executive assistant at many well known financial institutions from JPMorgan Chase to the Federal Reserve Bank. Conchita now runs most of the financial operations at JTN Music while still pursuing her own interests in theatre and as a professional animal trainer.
In her animal training career, she has worked with a wide variety of exotic creatures, including dolphins, sea lions, penguins, ducks, pigs, lions and tigers and bears (oh my), and her favorite and current species, wolves and wolf-dogs. She is currently exploring the possibility of opening a wolf and wolf-dog sanctuary.
As a performer, she is a member of Actor's Equity and has sung and danced her way through many shows. Some of her favorites include Romance Romance, Big Fish, and Side Show. She just recently opened her own theater company, The Fable Theatre, and performed, produced and directing it's inaugural production in March 2020!