I saw the other day that Digital Juice turned 16 this month and it made me think back to my days working there. I often get asked about it and people still ask me for updates, so I figured I’d take a look back and give everyone an update on the old DJTV and Digital Juice crew with a “Where are they now” blog post.
For me, working at Digital Juice was great, it was by far the one of the coolest jobs I’ve had in my career. The people I worked with were incredibly talented and creative, and I actually enjoyed going to work everyday. I contacted everyone and asked them for an update on what they’re doing now, as you’ll see we’ve all gone on to do some pretty cool things, so let’s get started.
Perry Jenkins was the Creative Director at Juice, he was the host of Production Notes, and oversaw all the productions and video products. Perry was a funny guy, great to work with and always willing to wrestle. Here’s what Perry wrote.
“I am producing video and photography for a company in the healthcare industry in Nashville TN. right now. I just came off of a five year stint as creative director for a team of producers, editors, designers and photographers that produce marketing for the National Guard. What I do now is kind of boring compared to that. (it’s a paycheck) I do occasional freelance and hope to get back into dancing. I also excel at ping pong and teach macramé to silver haired sirens after bingo at the city center. Of course none of that later part is true. Except being badass at ping pong.”
You can check out some of Perry’s work here
Chris “Ace” Gates was one of the main editors at Juice and host of “Cutting Class”. Chris has an incredible work ethic, loves talking college football and Sean tells me he’s a great Dragon Slayer. Here’s Ace’s update.
“I’m just outside of Nashville now, been here for about 4.5 years. I work for a small little shop as the “Post-Production Supervisor” heading up all our post work – editing, motion graphics, animation, art direction, and doing some graphic design as well.”
You can check out Ace’s site here (he’s in progress of reworking the site)
Many of you might not know Rusty, but you’ve seen his work. Rusty did a lot of the promotions for Juice (the SFX one being one of my personal favorites). Everyone loved Rusty, just an all around great guy, and a very talented editor even if he only used 3 fingers. Here’s Rusty’s update.
“I’m currently living the life on a beach in south florida working as an independent contractor for a boutique agency in mid-town Miami. Most of my work is for non-profit agencies and commercial clients with the occasional pharmaceutical company and Creole re-tracks thrown in for the fun of it! I’m not getting rich, but I AM loving life and isn’t that what it’s really all about? in simpler terms, i’m a f*cking beach bum. deal with it. 🙂
On a serious note, I have nothing but love for the crew I had the honor to work with at digital juice. A super talented crew across the board and a bunch of really smart motherf*ckers that were also really cool to hang out with!
miss ya boys. <sniff>”
You can check out some of Rusty’s work here.
Sammy is another guy some of you might not know, but you know his work. Sammy was one of the Audio guys at Juice and he created and mixed a lot of our Stack Traxxs. Sammy is a bad ass musician, and a really nice guy. Here’s Sammy’s update.
“I’ve been in Miami for the past 5 years working in recording studios. I’ve been working at the Hit Factory Criteria, one of the top recording studios in the US since 1958, for 4 years. I moved up to an administrative position a few years ago but I still do a lot of recording and mixing. I’ve worked on a whole bunch of platinum and gold records as well as Grammy and latin Grammy winners. luckily the studio keeps me pretty busy. I do a lot of work with latin artists like Ricky Martin, Shakira, Alejandro Sanz. hip hop as well. I’ve worked with lil wayne, extensive work with Pharell for the despicable me soundtrack. Also did work on the soundtrack for Django Unchained and rock of ages. I’ve worked on some surround sound mixing for Iron Maiden and Shakira live concert dvds. its been pretty exciting down here. And being close to the beach doesn’t hurt either lol”
Chuck Peters was the General Manager at Juice, the original host of “Take 5” and “Field of View” he was also the face of Juice. Chuck has a strong faith and he’s a master of rhymes. Here’s Chuck’s update.
“In May 2008, I chose to leave Digital Juice to pursue a more personally missional position as VP of Rivet Productions in Nashville, TN. I have spent the last 5 years giving oversight to the production of KIDMO’s high-energy, media-driven childrens’ Sunday School curriculum, consisting of both live-action and cartoon animation. KIDMO properties, including the Lil K preschool program and the Johnny Rogers Elementary program, have been used by thousand of churches in the US and worldwide. With my beloved DJ Mag dead and gone, I am now once again a regular writer for Videomaker magazine. — Although I’ve spent the last 5 years out of the spotlight, off the grid and under the radar, I often entertain Blues-Brothers-esque fantasies of someday “getting the band back together.” So stay tuned, our stories are far from over & you never know what might happen.”
You can see some of Chucks work here. He also invites you to like his new Facebook page “Chuckpeters.tv”
Charlie is another behind the scenes guy you may not know, Charlie was an editor at Juice and edited Tech Know, he also worked on various video products like Compositors Toolkit and Video Traxx. Charlie knows his stuff and is a big gear head, and if you think he has good editing skills you should see him iron. Here’s Charlie’s update.
“Essentially when I left DJ, I decided that I didn’t want to go back to a 9-5 job working for someone else. So my life became much longer hours and many more headaches…but they are of my own doing! I was in a great position to jump in head first to entrepreneurship and turn some casual freelance into a production lifestyle.
D. Eric Franks was multi-talented, he was the host of “Tech Know” and hosted/wrote our training videos. I’m pretty sure he produced more content than anyone at Juice while I was there. He was also active on the forums and tech support. He’s just an all around smart guy, I miss our talks on politics. Here’s Eric’s update.
“I’m a bitter old man who has never reclaimed the glory I once knew at Digital Juice as my heart was broken by Rusty Wolfe and Ami Pearsall when he was told he could no longer play ‘Lucky Pierre’ in the middle… Or you could just say that I’m the overworked, underpaid rock-n-roll producer for Hard Rock International. It’s rarely glamorous – trafficking commercial spots to Krakow isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds – but it has its moments.”
Here’s a nice spot on Eric and his current position
You can visit Eric’s site here
Michael Mavrikios or Maverick (as we called him) was another audio guy, he worked on the SFX libraries and mixed the DJTV shows. Another great guy to work with, funny, motivated and creative. All I can say is Giddy Up! Here’s Mavericks update.
“Im currently the Producer/Director of “ΤΕΤ-Α-ΤΕΤ με τον ΤΑΣΟ ΤΡΥΦΩΝΟΣ” an internationally syndicated show that focuses on interviewing the greatest minds of the Greek world. Presidents, Actors, Singers that have something to say and are not everyday on gossip tv shows. I fly every week to Athens and other locations for the interviews.
I’ve run my own company since 2008. I’m developing projects for TV and Film and my ultimate goal is to have a Hollywood production in Cyprus!
It will happen! Its in the works…”
You can check out some of Mavericks work here
Sean Mullen was the Visual Effects artist at Juice and Host of “Suite Effects”. Sean is super talented, super funny, super motivated, and works extremely hard. If Sean’s not in the edit bay you can find riding the rides at Disney. Here’s Sean’s update.
“I’m in Orlando running my own stock effects company, Rampant Design Tools. I’m proud to say that we have some DJ people who work with us on various projects including TVs Perry Jenkins, Dr. Charles Burket, Dragon Slayer Chris Ace Gates and DJ Mike Brassell.”
You can check out Sean’s company and all of his great products at
Mike was another one of the guys on the Audio team, Mike composed many of the Stack Traxx and also created Worship Staxx. Mike is extremely talented and as nice of a guy as you can meet. I miss our conversations Brazzle Dazzle. Here’s Mike’s update.
“I am working with the Army National Guard as a Video Editor and my second job consists of providing VoiceOvers to my clients. Pleased to be working with Sean Mullen at Rampant Design Tools in their music department. Lastly, I run a music publishing company providing Hip-Hop and RnB for license to Film/TV shows which can be found at www.ineedmoremusic.com Then, the real work starts in helping to raise a family of 5 kids with my wife.
And in my free time… who am I kiddin’? I have no free time!!”
Graham moderated the forums, worked on getting our training program started, and represented Juice at trade shows and user groups. I had a lot of road trips with Graham, which included lot’s of donuts and beer. Here’s Graham’s update.
“Since leaving juice I’ve been working on expanding my own production company. I worked at Hard Rock International for the past 6 years working on their global learning management system and working on some global marketing videos with my friend and another ex juicer D.Eric Franks. I’m now back working full time on my own company and enjoying semi retirement. As far as where I hang my hat in the forum world I spend my time supporting Sean and the guys over at Rampant Media Design.”
Rick worked at Juice before I got there. He was Director of Marketing and creative, he also took over as host of “Take 5” and was the original “face” of Juice. I got to work with Rick a few times when he would come back to shoot Take 5, I also shot and edited his BTS Segments. Rick is a funny guy, full of positive energy and I always had a good time working with him when he came to town. I’ve seen pictures of him impersonating Elvis, I think he does a pretty good Fred Savage too. Here’s Rick’s update.
“Digital Juice is still one of my favorite gigs – ever. It was a wild ride – every day – my first day, last day and every day in between – wild, and incredible. We launched DJTV, DJ Magazine, the first HD products, the first Toolkit products, – we were doing stuff at NAB that nobody was doing – I went on road trips all over the country talking to users and groupies – it was pretty rad. I’m current Director of Business Development and Creative at PostHouse.tv – we specialize in capturing beautiful images – primarily in 4k or 5k – and telling compelling stories through marketing films and branding content. I’m passionate about ‘passion projects’ and try to give back by creating content with a purpose – my latest passion project can be found at SweetPrincessProject.com.
As the ‘old guy’ – and the original ‘face’ of Juice – I wasn’t at DJ at the same time as many of these talented dudes – but, we have worked together many times – and if this band gets back together, I’d definitely love to sit-in and jam – especially if there’s ping-pong, because I’m confident I can take Perry.”
You can see more of Rick’s work here
Those are the updates I have for now. Some of the other guys you may know like JP Shook (Web master), Jeff Early (Host of Audio Buzz), Billy Allen (Host of Billie’s Blueprints) and Othon Dominguez I believe are still at Digital Juice as well as Dave Hebel (CEO, Founder,Owner) and Viv Beason (President). You can check out Digital Juices site here
As for me, I was a Behind the Scenes guy at Juice. I shot a few seasons of Tech Know, co-shot and edited Billie’s Blueprints, produced the BTS segments for DJTV, moderated the forums, spoke to user groups, went to trade shows, worked on some video products and was the main photographer for the stock photography library. After Juice I worked as Senior Producer for a multibillion dollar internet marketing company. I’m also a freelance producer, DP, and filmmaker. I just recently started this site (Still trying to figure out what I want it to be and what direction to take it in). I’ve had the chance to work with some pretty high profile celebrities and I love what I do, and yes I also love donuts.
So that’s it. Happy 16th Birthday to Digital Juice. I hoped you enjoyed the “Where are they now” look back. I put up a gallery of some old Digital Juice production photos here.
A special thanks to everyone that gave me the updates, I consider it a privilege and honor to have worked with all of you, and I look forward to seeing what you do with your talents next.