- Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2012
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- NEW YORK
Editor Debbie McMurtrey, whose commercial work spans comedy to docu/dialogue projects, has joined the roster of creative editorial company Red Car in New York. She comes over from Cutting Room.
McMurtrey launched her editing career at Crew Cuts in 1999, rising quickly through the ranks. She left Crew Cuts to help launch the New York office of Nomad Editorial in 2007, leaving in 2010 to join Cutting Room, where she was reunited with former colleagues from Crew Cuts.
McMurtrey has cut successful campaigns for a diverse client list, including the NFL, Google, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Comcast, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and Gillette, working for such agencies as Droga5, Fallon, BBDO, and The Martin Agency.
Her recent commercial work includes a U.S. Tennis Association spot promoting the 2011 U.S. Open that featured First Lady Michelle Obama in a cameo role and a PSA for the UNICEF Tap Project starring Selena Gomez. McMurtrey's first Red Car project is for Google Creative Labs.
Her broadcast credits include a six-year tenure editing parody ads for NBC's Saturday Night Live, a period during which many weekends were sacrificed in the name of comedy. "The turnaround was intense, she recalls. "The shoots often started on a Friday for Saturday's show." She's also cut a VH1 pilot, Star Stories, which was an adaptation of an award-winning British comedy. Her feature film credits include the 2006 festival favorite The Path of Most Resistance, starring Spencer Grammer.
"Debbie knows how to weave a compelling a story, and with her years of experience cutting spoof commercials for Saturday Night Live she knows how to work fast while still bringing it home," said Mary Knox, Red Car's managing director. McMurtrey is the newest addition to a roster that has added four new editors in the past year.
The Chicago native says she first discovered her passion for editing while studying visual communications at the University of Michigan. "I love the challenge of tackling hours of footage and artfully weaving it together to take the viewer on an emotional journey," she said.
In addition to McMurtrey, the Red Car New York roster includes editors Deirdre Bell, Michael Coletta, Charlie Cusumano, Paula Halton, Greg Letson, Keith Olwell and Josh Towvim, along with creative director Chris Bialkowski and digital strategy/production company Artifact. All are available nationally through the Red Car offices in Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles.