"I got four Emmys. And I was very pleased I got a lot of nominations which I lost. I had a decade where out of the ten years, I got nine nominations. I'm proud of that. I'm not gonna be blasé and say it doesn't mean anything, it means a lot, as an editor."
About This Interview
In his three-hour Archive interview, John Martinelli talks about his first industry job in the ABC Film Department and shares how it led to a job assistant editing The Lawrence Welk Show. He describes his time in the Army, where he was stationed in Alaska editing for the NBC affiliate there. He talks about editing the series Gentle Ben and Flipper - where he first "broke though" as an editor. He recounts editing The Bill Cosby Show and Raquel Welch in her first television special Raquel!. Martinelli discusses a number of made-for-television movies he edited, including The Legend of Lizzie Borden, James Dean, The Winds of Kitty Hawk, The Cracker Factory and the blockbuster miniseries Marco Polo. He speaks of his retirement, the trend toward digital editing, and his favorite career highlights. David Haugland conducted the interview on February 14, 2004 in Beverly Hills, CA.