TAEA Conference 2015 - Mary DeChambres Bio


TAEA Conference 2015 - Mary DeChambres Bio
Mary DeChambres
General Session
Friday, November 13, 2015
Moody Ballroom, 2-4 pm
Inside the Studio
Friday, November 13, 2015
Expo A, 5-7 pm
Mary DeChambres is an Emmy Award winning Television Editor and
former educator for the Aldine I.S.D. in Houston, Texas. Mary began
her professional career teaching her passion, Fine Art. While in the
classroom, Mary experimented with the visual tools of editing. This
experiment piqued a new interest, telling stories through moving pictures and
In the summer of 2000 Mary enrolled in a summer workshop class at USC to learn the true art of editing
moving pictures. From there, she was able to land her first real job in the entertainment industry – a tape
duplications operator at Bunim-Murray Productions.
After the mentorship of some of the early innovators of the reality television genre, she was soon editing
television shows like MTV’s “The Real World: Las Vegas” and ABC’s “Making the Band”. In less than
two years, Mary became a sought after editor in Reality Television. Mary has edited a wide range of reality
television from Newlyweds with Nick Lacey and Jessica Simpson to Jersey Shore and most recently The
Profit currently airing on CNBC.
Mary has worked with some of the most celebrated names in the entertainment industry, including Oprah
Winfrey, The Kardashian’s, Charlize Theron, Bethenny Frankel, The Osborne’s, Sean “P. Diddy” Combes,
50 Cent, Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal, Three6Mafia, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Lala Anthony, Denise
Richards, Marcus Lemionis, and recently, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Mary thought a career highlight
would be working with Jennifer Lopez and editing her dance sequences, that was all trumped when she was
handed an Emmy Award® by Sharon Osbourne. Mary won the award in 2009 for her work on Project
Runway. This moment was serendipitous since Mary edited Sharon Osbourne (The Osbournes) a few years
earlier for MTV.
Mary was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Motion Picture Editors Guild. She regularly
marches in picket lines, as more reality shows are becoming union shows.
While she may edit full time, Mary is still a teacher at heart. She enjoys
mentoring students from the Television Academy internship program and the
American Cinema Editors internship program.