Message from Board

Message From the Board – 3rd Qtr, 2020

Welcome to ACE’s annual television issue, in which we’ll look at some of the dramas, comedies and animated series entertaining audiences at home. In this issue, we also provide a snapshot of how our members are working while following safety procedures. This includes some of the findings from ACE’s recent survey about how our business is resuming in the COVID-19 environment.

Additionally, we’d like to announce that ACE is launching a new event from Aug. 29-30 –EditFest Global – a virtual version of our popular EditFest program allowing our community to safely participate in informative and inspiring conversations. The program will have a similar format to that of the in-person EditFest events. This year, speakers and panelists include Kabir Akhtar, ACE; Maryann Brandon, ACE; Tom Cross, ACE; Kelley Dixon, ACE; Axel Geddes, ACE; Michael McCusker, ACE; and Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE.

Panel discussions include one that delves into the unique animation process, one that traces the journey from intern to editor, and others that dissect the making of documentaries The Fight and Making Waves. We’ll get sage advice on working amid the pandemic from Zack Arnold, ACE, through his “Optimize Yourself ” series. We’ll meet “Mentors Inside the Cutting Room” through a discussion with Carol Littleton, ACE; Norman Buckley, ACE; and Brandi Bradburn, ACE; moderated by Bobbie O’Steen; and get a look at the efforts of Motion Picture Editors Guild Diversity Committee.

A special session titled “You Gotta Watch This Bit,” moderated by Ant Boys, ACE, will pay homage to the late Norman Hollyn, ACE, who popularized his “Lean Forward Moment” discussions about the films and TV shows that influence and inspire. And we haven’t forgotten the networking and social elements of EditFest. We’re preparing ‘breakout rooms’ to allow participants to mingle through small group discussions.

At press time we are still working out details, but confirmed are Platinum sponsor Blackmagic Design and Gold sponsors Adobe, Avid, Ignite Strategic Communications, Motion Picture Editors Guild and Netflix. You’ll be hearing more from them during the event. Many thanks to our generous supporters.

We hope you’ll join us as we kick off EditFest Global, and proceed forward with additional services and activities. Please stay safe.
– The ACE Board of Directors

Board Message 4Q


4th Qtr, 2019

ACE is delighted to announce that two distinguished editors and ACE past presidents – Alan Heim, ACE, and Tina Hirsch, ACE – will be honored with ACE Career Achievement Awards, on Jan. 17 at the 70th ACE Eddie Awards.

Alan Heim won an Academy Award®, BAFTA® and ACE Eddie for Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz in 1979, after earning one prior Oscar® nomination for Sidney Lumet’s Network in 1976. He won two additional Eddie Awards for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and Grey Gardens, and shared an Emmy® for his work on the TV miniseries, Holocaust. Recently, Heim completed more than 25 years of service on the ACE Board of Directors, which included serving four terms as president, from 2004-2008 and 2012-2016, and four terms as vice president, from 2008-2012 and 2016-2019, during which time he was tireless in his advocation of our craft.

Tina Hirsch’s early feature work began with Macon County Line in 1974 and followed with Roger Corman’s Big Bad Mama, Death Race 2000 and Eat My Dust! When she graduated from ‘The Corman School,’ she went on to edit films such as The Driver, Gremlins, Explorers, Twilight Zone: The Movie, More American Graffiti and Dante’s Peak.

As an editor on The West Wing, Tina earned an Eddie Award and Emmy nomination for her work on the popular TV series. Other TV achievements include the pilot of Party of Five, an Eddie nomination for the miniseries Tom Clancy’s Op-Center, as well as for the TV movie Behind the Mask and another Emmy and Eddie nomination for the TV movie Back When We Were Grownups.

During her nearly 30 years on the Board of Directors, Hirsch was the Chairman of the Membership Committee and participated on committees granting ACE internships and promoting diversity within the organization. In 2000, Hirsch became the first woman to be elected President of ACE, a post she held from 2000-2004.

In addition, Hirsch has been an adjunct professor of editing at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts from 2003 to 2016. We congratulate them both on such well-deserved honors. They have made important contributions to the art and craft of editing through their hard work and dedication. In addition, having both served as President of ACE, they brought tremendous awareness and respect to the role of the editor.

Separately, we are pleased to announce that the ACE Student Award has been renamed The Anne V. Coates Student Award, in honor of the iconic editor. The late Ann V. Coates, ACE, earned an Academy Award for David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia and received an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2016 Governors Awards. She earned four additional Oscar nominations for Becket, The Elephant Man, In the Line of Fire and Out of Sight.