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Jared Gutstadt

Jingle Punks; Composer
CEO; TV: Pawn Stars, The Voice, The Taste, Fashion Stars

Composer - TV: Pawn Stars, The Voice, The Taste, Fashion Stars
CEO - Jingle Punks 

Jared Gutstadt is a Canadian-born entrepreneur and musician best known for founding the creative music agency Jingle Punks. Gutstadt also produces music under the moniker "Captain Hooks. Gutstadt is a graduate of New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. Jingle Punks has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Wired, Variety and was named "one of America's most promising start ups" by Bloomberg Businessweek. Gutstadt is currently the CEO, Chief Creative Officer, and Head Composer at Jingle Punks. Jared Gutstadt started Jingle Punks in 2008 after spending several years going in between a career as an editor and musician. Some of Jared's early editing credits include work on Chappelle's Show and MTV's Cribs. As an editor, Jared was known for strategically placing his music in shows he worked on. Jared made the switch into the world of composing after working on the John Waters film, This Filthy World. In 2011, Gutstadt co-wrote the Chiddy Bang track "Happening." Originally written for a Pepsi campaign that was abandoned, Chiddy Bang went on to include the song on their debut album Breakfast and it has been placed in an Xbox Music commercial and the films What To Expect When You're Expecting and Sex Tape. A multi-instrumentalist, Gutstadt has conducted a symphony with members of the New York Philharmonic, written columns for Guitar World and Huffington Post, and received many ASCAP Most Performed Film and Television Music Awards for the theme to History Channel's Pawn Stars and the score to NBC's The Voice. Other accomplishments include composing for Morgan Spurlock's Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, NBC's Fashion Star, FX's Partners, and ABC's The Taste. Jared was also featured in Bloomberg Businessweek (Helping Indie Musicians Market Their Tunes) as well as The New York Times (A Genre-Bending Musical Pitch to Ad Agencies). In May 2013, Gutstadt was tapped to write and record an original composition with Lynyrd Skynyrd to be used as a new theme for Pawn Stars as well as future promotional use on History. Other artists that Gutstadt has written and collaborated with include Dave Stewart, Randy Bachman, Angaleena Presley, Debbie Gibson, Dierks Bentley, and Kris Kristofferson. Gutstadt is a founding member of the Jingle Punks-sourced chamber group, The Hipster Orchestra, who have released several albums covering songs. Originally from Toronto, Gutstadt first began playing music in high school. Upon graduation from college, he toured extensively in 2001-2003 as a member of The Izzys, with whom he recorded a Peel Session for the BBC. Gutstadt later founded and led two New York-based indie rock bands, Group Sounds and Generals & Majors. Gutstadt's musical pursuits have been covered in such noteworthy press as the UK's NME. Group Sounds is no longer active, though they occasionally reunite to play shows for Jingle Punks clients as well as industry insiders and members of the New York media.