TV editor Marco Zappia passed away December 22 in Venture, CA at the age of 76.
According to Deadline, Zappia was the TV editor for Hee-Haw, All In The Family, Home Improvement and many other TV series and specials. He was born in Los Angeles and owned a TV repair shop prior to having an award-winning career in editing. His career was extended over four decades and it all began in 1968 when he became an engineer in the videotape department for CBS. He helped install the network’s first electronic editing system.
He first edited CBS’s variety show Hee Haw where he won his first Emmy and marked CBS’s first win for editing. He went on to edit TV series and specials such as Maude, The Jeffersons, The Sonny & Cher Show, All in The Family, Archie Bunker’s Place, Roseanne, and Faerie Tale Theatre. His other credits include My Two Dads, Dinosaurs, Who’s The Boss?, The Torkelsons, Almost Home, Where I Live, Thunder Alley, Boy Meets World, and Suddenly Susan.
He was nominated twice for a Cable ACE award for Vietnam War Story II (1988) and Faerie Tale Theatre (1982). He earned five Emmys for his work on Home Improvement
Zappia was a member DGA, Motion Picture Editors Guild, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He helped with developing of the Avid Editing System and he was the first to use the program to edit multi-cam sitcom Home Improvement.
Zappia published a memoir earlier this year, Smartest Guy In The Room, detailing his career in entertainment.