maryannbrandonMaryann Brandon is an American television and film editor. She is represented by Innovative Artists and has been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors society. She is a frequent collaborator with J. J. Abrams.


Brandon earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her editing work on the popular television series Alias, created by Abrams. Brandon was also an associate producer on Alias during its final season. She has since edited all of Abrams’ films collaboratively with Mary Jo Markey. Brandon worked with Abrams on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released in December 2015.  She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing for her work on the film, sharing the nomination with Mary Jo Markey.


In her role editing Abrams’ Star Trek, she reported that neither editor had been told that he intended to make extensive use of lens flares and bright lighting, and they initially contacted the film developers asking why the film seemed overexposed.

Interviews with Maryann Brandon



  • Bingo – 1991
  • The Birds II: Land’s End – 1994
  • Born to Be Wild – 1995
  • Grumpier Old Men – 1995 (co-edited with Seth Flaum and Billy Weber)
  • A Thousand Acres – 1997
  • The Miracle Worker – 2000
  • Alias – 2001–05
  • Mission: Impossible III – 2006
  • The Jane Austen Book Club – 2007
  • Star Trek – 2009
  • How to Train Your Dragon – 2010 (co-edited with Darren T. Holmes)
  • Super 8 – 2011 (co-edited with Mary Jo Markey)
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 – 2012 (co-edited with Clare Knight)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness – 2013 (co-edited with Mary Jo Markey)
  • Endless Love – 2014
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 2015 (co-edited with Mary Jo Markey)
  • Passengers – 2016