The Busy Boom Years of Local 771

September 1, 2012

The 1980s were very busy years for the East Coast Editors Guild, Local 771, and the period of its highest level of membership. By 1987, more than 1,200 people were working in features and at the television networks. […]

Post-Production Pioneers: The Guild’s Earliest Members – East Coast

September 1, 2012

Television kept post-production people employed during the post-World War II years in New York. Feature film was a West Coast commodity, but the Madison Avenue advertising firms, such as J. Walter Thompson, Benton & Bowles and Hill & Knowlton, among others, were a major part of the “go-go” years in Manhattan. […]

Honor They Editor

September 1, 2012

As part of their ongoing effort to gain recognition and acknowledgement for picture editors, the Motion Picture Editors Guild and the American Cinema Editors (ACE) launched a Petition for the Recognition of Editors in late June. […]

Keeping the Story Moving: I. James Wilkinson (1897-1967)

May 12, 2012

Picture editor Irving James Wilkinson has unfortunately become the most obscure of the three original founders of the Society of Motion Picture Film Editors (SMPFE). Many sources, including the Guild’s own historical records (which were cited in the story on the beginnings of the SMPFE in the JAN-FEB 12 issue of this publication) had him confused with a similarly named contemporary, the sound editor James R. Wilkinson. […]

A Company Man But A Union Man: Ben Lewis (1894-1970)

May 1, 2012

In a way, Ben Lewis, one of the three founding members of the Society of Motion Picture Film Editors (SMPFE) — now the Motion Picture Editors Guild — was the quintessential company man, working 45 of his 52 years in the cutting room at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. […]

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