Toby Yates is an Award winning editor now based in Los Angeles. He has worked as a film and television editor for more than 20 years. Born in London and raised primarily on the East Coast of America (he has dual Nationality) he grew up in the Film Industry. Toby’s professional start was as apprentice editor to Roy Lovejoy (“2001 “, “The Shining”, “Aliens” , “Batman”) for whom he later worked as an assistant editor. He attended Columbia University’s Film School where he studied with Woody Allen’s legendary editor, Ralph Rosenblum and Palm D’Or winning director Emir Kusturica. While a student at Columbia, Toby won the first MTV Student Award for directing.
Initially torn between Film and Theatre, Toby, having directed Fringe and Equity Waiver theatre in both London and Los Angeles, decided to accept the opportunity to edit his first Independent feature, “Cleopatra’s Second Husband”, and to focus on editing. “Cleopatra” led to further projects ranging from James Elroy’s “Brown’s Requiem” to “Don Quixote, with John Lithgow and Bob Hoskins, directed by his father, Peter Yates.
In 2001 Toby worked with Karen Moncrieff on her first feature “Blue Car” (which broke out at Sundance getting picked up by Miramax) and they have continued to work together ever since on “The Dead Girl” and most recently “The Trials of Cate McCall”.
Other films Toby has edited are:
“The Moon and the Stars” (John Irvin) for which he won Best Editor at the Milano International Film Festival
“Midnight Meat Train” and “No One Lives” with director Ryuhei Kitamura.
Toby has also recut a number of films including “Adam” starring Rose Byrne and “Chameleon” starring Ellen Barkin and Famke Jansen. He enjoys this process!
Toby’ s television work includes “Brothers and Sisters”, “Shameless”, “Falling Waters “, “Powers” and “Nightflyers”
Toby is a member of MPEG, IATSE, and BAFTA, and he is a citizen of the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.
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