Marco Zappia, an award-winning TV editor, died Dec. 22 in Ventura, Calif. Zappia, born in Los Angeles, joined CBS in 1968. He started working at CBS as an engineer in the videotape department. He then landed an editing job on CBS’ variety show ‘Hee Haw.’ He won his first (and the network's first) Emmy for the television show.
His career path escalated, and he edited popular shows such as, 'All in the Family,' 'Maude,' 'The Jeffersons,' 'Who's the Boss?,' 'Boy Meets World,' and 'Home Improvement'. It was on 'Home Improvement,' where he showed true innovative spirit, and was the first editor to use the multi-cam Avid Editing System, a system which he also helped to develop.
Over the span of his career, Zappia was nominated for 15 Emmys. After 'Hee Haw,' the second win was for an '80s television special, 'Christmas in the Holy Land.' His last Emmy nomination was in 1996, for 'Home Improvement.'
Earlier this year, Zappia wrote his memior, 'Smartest Guy in the Room.' In the book he detailed his career as an editor as follows, "A good editor must have a delicate balance between technical know-how, inventiveness, creative ability, and social grace. If you think you’re the smartest guy in the room, keep it to yourself and check your ego at the door!"
Marco Zappia is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carole Ann Lo Presto, two children, and six grandchildren.