Mary Jo Markey

Mary Jo Markey is an American television and film editor.[1] Markey has been elected to membership of the American Cinema Editors society.[2] She is a frequent collaborator with J. J. Abrams.

Markey has edited several mainstream films including The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Mission: Impossible III. She has also worked as an editor on several television shows, such as three episodes of Felicity, Breaking News, Skin, fourteen episodes of Alias, and was also chief editor on Lost.

She worked with Abrams on three of his television shows (Felicity, Alias, and Lost), and, as of 2015, on all five of his feature films as director collaboratively with Maryann Brandon.[3] Markey worked with Abrams on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was released in December 2015.[4] Along with her co-editor Brandon, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing for her work on the film.[5]

In her role editing Abrams' Star Trek, she reported she did not realize that he intended to make extensive use of lens flares and bright lighting, and contacted the film developers asking why the film seemed overexposed.[6]


  2. "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.
  3. Kaufman, Debra. "How Editors Shaped The Story of Star Trek: Into Darkness". Creative Cow. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. Merry, Stephanie. "Oscar nominations 2016: Complete list of nominees; 'The Revenant' leads with 12". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings LLC. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  5. Tapley, Christopher. "Tech Support Interview: The crafts of 'Star Trek'". In Contention. Retrieved 24 December 2015.

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