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Film and Television Editors

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Approximately 39,800 film and television editors are employed in the United States. Some film or television editors work primarily with news programs, documentaries, or special features. They may develop ongoing working relationships with directors or producers who hire them from one project to another. Many editors who have worked for a studio or postproduction company for several years often become independent contractors. These editors offer their services on a per-job basis to producers of commercials and films, negotiate their own fees, and typically purchase or lease their own editing equipment.

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