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Below-the-Line Workers on Apple TV+ Shows React to Their Emmy Nominations, Including Magic Composer Terence Blanchard


Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard image via Matt Sayles/Netflix

It’s Emmy nomination day, and the below-the-line nominees who contributed their varied talents to such Apple TV+ shows as Ted Lasso and Severance over the past year offered their reactions to the exciting news.

Apple sent over written statements from its nominees, including four folks from Ted Lasso, three from Severance, two each from the VFX teams behind Foundation and See, and solo nominees representing musical comedy Schimigadoon! and the Magic Johnson docuseries They Call Me Magic.

BTL salutes all of today’s nominees, and of Apple’s crop, Ted Lasso hairstylist Nicky Austin in particular for the way Nate’s (Nick Mohammed) hair was used to subtly tell a story in Season 2 of the hit comedy.

Apple TV+ scored 52 nominations on Tuesday, so the nominees below represent but a small sample of the streamer’s success.


Chris MacLean, Overall VFX Supervisor – Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or a Movie

“The Foundation VFX team members are overjoyed and humbled by the news of our Emmy nomination today! There are so many artists, vendors, and collaborators who contributed to the show. We would like to thank all of them for their commitment to their crafts. To David Goyer, Skydance and Apple, thank you for being champions of visual effects and giving us the opportunity to show the world what we can do! And a very special thank you to Isaac Asimov and his family for giving us such a rich world to play in!

We would also like to congratulate our fellow nominees!!! Good luck to everyone!!”

Addie Manis, Overall VFX Supervisor – Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Season or a Movie

“It’s a privilege to represent the thousands of people who contributed to this work, especially under the duress of Covid, and even more so in a year with such beautiful competition from our colleagues in the field.”


Christopher Gattelli, Choreographer – Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming:

“Wow!  How exciting!!  So proud to be among these nominees and represent our incredible show!”


Tony Kenny, SPFX Coordinator – Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode:

“We are thrilled and humbled to be recognized by the academy. A true testament to the incredible work and passion shown by our team and by our colleagues. Congratulations to all!”

Chris Wright, Overall VFX Supervisor – Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Single Episode:

“We’re thrilled to be included in this incredibly talented group of visual storytellers. We’re so grateful that all the hard work and passion invested by our global team of artists is being recognized with this great honor.”


Jeremy Hindle, Production Designer – Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More):

“Thank you to the Emmys, thank you Ben Stiller, Dan Erickson, Jessica Lee Gagne. I have to thank my original design team who helped create the look for the incredible Severance show, Hinju Kim, Lauren Sandoval, Freddy Bush, Eric Feldberg, Chris Shriver, Cat Miller, Andy Baseman, and Tansy Michaud. Thank you to all the brilliant crew that helped Severance be the beautiful show it is. Thank you Endeavor and Apple +.”

Nick Francone, Production Designer – Production Designer, Severance, Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More):

“So many people worked incredibly hard every day to make Severance look that clean and simple.  I’m so thankful to everyone on the team from Andy and Kat and Angelica and our incredible art department all the way through to the scenics fixing scratches and the dressers replacing chipped ceiling tiles and the carpenters ironing out every single dent and ding so it could look perfect every day.

A lot of people’s love and time and heart is on the screen and I’m just so grateful for all of the collaboration and hard work.”

Theodore Shapiro, Composer – Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score) & Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music:

“It’s an incredible honor to be nominated for this wonderful show, and an equal honor to be a part of this amazing creative team.”

A.J. Catoline
A.J. Catoline image via Accolade PR


Nicky Austin, Hair Designer – Outstandanding Hairstyling:

“I’m thrilled to be nominated thank you so much to The Academy, my Ted Lasso family, and to my team for all their beautiful work in Episode 10 and throughout Season 2.”

A.J. Catoline, ACE, Editor – Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series:

“I am so honored for the recognition from my TV Academy peers! Congratulations to our entire Ted Lasso post-production team on an amazing season. I am blown away to be nominated again (along with Additional Editor Alex Szabo) in a category of all talented women editors, including my amazing teammate Melissa McCoy, ACE. Congratulations to our producers, writers, and directors, [and] our incredible cast for acting their hearts out — it is a joy to edit their performance! And thanks to our fearless leader Jason Sudeikis for bringing us on this fabulous journey, inspiring us to BELIEVE!”

Brent Findley, MPSE, Co-Supervising Sound Editor – Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation:

“There is so much content being created right now, and so much amazing creativity coming from all of the sound teams. It is very humbling to have our work included in this list that is already too short. I am grateful.”

David Lascelles, Production Mixer – Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation:

“Such an honor to be nominated for another Emmy for our work on Ted Lasso. As always it is a team effort and once again I’ve had the pleasure of working with the first-class sound team of Emma Chilton, Andrew Mawson, and Michael Fearon. Massive congratulations to Ryan Kennedy, Sean Byrne, and Arno Stephanian who all work their magic with the performances that I capture on set. Ted Lasso wouldn’t exist without the genius that is Jason Sudeikis so a big ‘thank you’ to him and all the cast and crew that make this show a delight to work on.”


Terence Blanchard, Composer – Outstanding Music Composition for a Documentary Series or Special (Original Dramatic Score):

“Not only is this nomination an honor, but it is also humbling to be nominated for composing music for the documentary about one of my heroes, Magic Johnson — someone that I admire. Working on this documentary was a reminder of what it takes to be great and the focus and effort that are needed to be the best you can be.”

Meanwhile, Apple’s heads of worldwide video, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, took a well-deserved victory lap and praised the cast and crew behind their nominated series.

“This extraordinarily talented group of Emmy nominees showcases the variety of brilliant, unique, and original stories we’ve been honored to bring to the screen over the past year,” Van Amburg said in a statement. “Each of these series has inspired audiences to view the world a little differently, drawing attention to the human condition in moving, inspiring, and often very funny new ways. We’re grateful to the Academy and applaud the creative teams and casts for their wonderful achievements today.”
“We are immensely proud of the broad selection of Apple Original programming recognized by the Television Academy today,” added Erlicht. “These series have captivated audiences and we greatly admire all of these incredibly talented storytellers and congratulate them on their nominations for the dynamic stories they bring to life.”
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