Uncompromising.

We are a tight team of seasoned creatives. Creative directors. Art directors. Writers. Producers. Directors. Editors. Designers. Animators. And VFX artists.

We’ve helped our clients launch over 300 products/services in the last five years alone. Big budgets. Small budgets. Comprehensive integrated campaigns. Expendable little bits and bites. Most with tight timelines and a litany of creative assets for various channels.

As a team, we love. We listen. We empathize. We take the work seriously, and ourselves, not so much. And we never settle.

 

Curt Fleming | CEO / Partner

Curt steers the ship while playing an active role in strategy, creative, and concept development for our clients. From idea inception through scripting, boards and animatics, this is where Curt thrives. Big ideas. Big impact. Big results. He preaches being singularly focused. Specialization. Best in class. And working with great people who want to do great things for great clients. It’s a simple formula that’s been a guiding principle for 20 years now. And when things start to feel comfortable or formulaic, he makes sure we strip it all away and reset because “greatness never comes from a place of comfort”. Curt ensures we have the foundations for success, the right teams, the right technologies, the right amount of fun, a safe place to fail, and just enough juice to make us nervous—which is where brilliance, scrappy, and efficiency lies.

      

 
 

Scott Fleming | Director / Partner

Scott heads all things live action at Merit/Andrew. Big multi-year campaigns. Small product launches. And everything in between. This starts with a strategic overview of the project/the campaign and the goals, then quickly turns to creative. Business goals are met with mind-blowing creative solutions. Right brain→Left brain. Scott is a hands-on creative who also thrives on the collaboration with our deep bench of directors/film-makers–always ensuring  that we have the right people on the right projects. A graduate of the Vancouver Film School, Scott has been making magic behind the camera almost his entire life. And he attests that his best work, our best work, is always ahead of us.

      

Caroline Scott | Head of Production / Partner

Big C brings it all to life. On brief. On time. On budget. Exceeding expectations and managing the people and the process—effortlessly. She’s been the “/” in Merit/Andrew since 2002 as the unsung hero that brings it all together. Over 1,000 productions under her belt, she’s helped prep Will Farrell as a high school football coach, rocked out to AC/DC with Rob Riggle, had pistachios with R Lee Ermey, and been yelled at by Jane Lynch. Robert Mondavi called her “nails” (affectionately, of course). That stuck. Because if you want to know what it takes to be successful in this business. Nails.

      

 
 

Jake Klarkowski | Producer

Jake can be found anywhere the work sends him. He’s Caroline’s right hand making it happen behind the scenes on the big stuff and front and center on the other stuff. Jake was a tour manager for October Fall before getting into the film industry. We hired Jake as an AD on a WD-40/R Lee Ermey job back in 2010 and that was it. From 1-day product shoots to 40-day multi-state commercial beasts, Jake gets it done (flawlessly) with a laugh and a smile. He’s got that Chicago work ethic and sensibility with an LA creative lens and the no-nonsense “get it done” of NYC.

Claire Markovsky | Head of Client Services

Claire is the ultimate advocate and the main point of contact for all of our clients. She’s in lockstep with the team and with our clients from the very first engagement all the way through to digital masters–making it happen with confidence and a smile. We worked with Claire for 7 years as her vendor/partner on over 150 different projects. Then in 2017, when the timing was right, she joined up and we’ve been better ever since. Her passion for the work and our clients success, coupled with her knowledge and experience of working with big companies/big agencies–and navigating the process with a smile, empathy, detail, and confidence makes her an amazing asset for any client lucky enough to work with her.

      

 
 

Jason Rapp | Head of Animation

Animation is a major component of what we do here at Merit/Andrew. If you can dream it up, Jason knows how to create it. And if you have no ideas at all, well, he’ll dream that up, too. He’s always hands-on with his sleeves rolled-up. He can’t help it and we love that—because when others cannot, he can. Jason and his team are skilled in the arts of VFX, 2D animation, and 3D animation for broadcast, digital and experiential. Jason works the most complex software in the industry and struggles with email and Google calendar. He’s also terrible at spelling. So, you know he’s a CG rock star.

Jay Lizarraga | Head of Editorial

Jay is a maestro in the edit bay. An Avid editor for over 25 years, his credentials are brag-a-licious. Jay knows story and knows how to elevate the vision, whether it’s a scripted broadcast spot, a docu-style corporate film or a sizzle reel. He’s the ultimate collaborator and a silent beast at the helm of the keyboard. Jay and Jason used to work together at NBC (back in the day). The stories are ripe. And endless. Together they are the post production wonder twins. ACTIVATE.

      

 
 

Michael Belanger | Assistant Editor & Head of IT

Michael is the man that makes the machine work – the proverbial man behind the curtain. An experienced Avid and Premiere editor, Michael is a multi-faceted Swiss Army knife in post. He can play a leading role as editor or as support. He’s a consummate storyteller and creative and that’s where we like him. But he’s also the glue that makes post work. Our systems are complex and leading edge. Centralized servers for editorial and animation with distributed workflow from anywhere in the world. A massive render farm. Quantum storage. He keeps them running at our co-lo in Orange County, CA. Michael might be behind-the-scenes, but his work ensures every scene is perfection on the big screen.