Tina Hirsch

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Tina Hirsch (born 1943) also known as Bettina Kugel Hirsch, Bettina Hirsch and Bettina Kugel is an Emmy-nominated American film editor and an adjunct professor of editing at the University of Southern California (USC).[1] She has been elected to membership in the American Cinema Editors (ACE), and she was the first woman President of the honorary society.[2] Hirsch currently serves on the board of ACE, and has for more than two decades.[3]

Tina Hirsch started editing in the late 1960s and 1970s, including serving as editor on the cult film Death Race 2000 (1975) and the sequels More American Graffiti (1979) and Airplane II: The Sequel (1982). In the 1980s she edited the It's a Good Life sequence in the Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) anthology and also edited film director Joe Dante's 1984 movie, Gremlins. Hirsch directed the Munchies, one of the many low budget movies that were incarnations and imitative of Gremlins.[4]

In 1999, Hirsch edited A Proportional Response and What Kind of Day Has It Been, episodes of the television series The West Wing, for which she was nominated for an Emmy award for "Outstanding Single Camera Picture Editing for a Series" and for which she also won an Eddie award from the American Cinema Editors. In 2005, she was nominated for a second Emmy for editing the television miniseries Back When We Were Grownups (2004). Since 2003, Hirsch spends her time working as Adjunct Professor of editing at USC film school.


  1. ^ [1] USC School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile
  2. ^ McNary, Dave (2000). "ACE taps 'Wings' Hirsch new prexy: First woman to top editors' org", Variety August 16, 2000; online version retrieved July 7, 2008.
  3. ^ [2] American Cinema Editors Official website
  4. ^ Lawrence O'Toole, "NY CLIPS Nell says no to fashion king and Warren's spoon is hot," The Globe and Mail, January 16, 1987, pg. D.6.

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