Yandel’s “La Firma” on Netflix


La Firma is a Spanish-language series about reggaeton artists similar to The Voice or American Idol. It features Yandel (from Wisin y Yandel, the #1 artist for decades in Reggaton Puerto Rican hip hop music), J. Balvin, Rauw Alejandro, Will.I.Am and several other amazing artists. Contestants attempt to earn “La Firma” / the signature on their contract, through performing original songs live for the judging panel. I edited on most of these episodes, especially getting the story and music performances from the premiere through to the finale in shape. The entire series is streaming now on Netflix.

Us Weekly

I edited a panel discussion for Us Weekly’s International Women’s Day celebrating women creating their own businesses. Here’s a clip:

Here’s the full piece:

Check it out, and support female-driven brands!

A Step Away with J.Lo’s Dancers

A Step Away was an extremely progressive and unusual show piggybacking off of J.Lo’s Dance Again World Tour in 2012, starring her backup dancers in their own unique docuseries.

We followed the major twists and turns of P!nk taking one of Jennifer’s dancers mid-run of a 60 part world tour and the drama of her having to replace one of her strongest team members, as well as the beautiful and exotic locations that often gave her entire tour serious disadvantages. But they still managed to have a ton of fun!

I was the editor across 7 episodes, and we came up with such fun storylines for each dancer and great arcs for the whole series.

It was the wild west of editing and crafting narratives, and we loved discussing which stories we thought were most valuable and finally coming to an agreement to tell truly compelling tales.

Here’s another fun clip I edited:

Absolutely do not drop J.Lo.

And just for fun, here’s Jen performing with Wisin y Yandel in Puerto Rico:

¡Dale!

J.Lo’s Dance Again HBO documentary

This is the final HBO trailer for the documentary film.

There are so many stories I could tell about working on Jennifer Lopez’s documentary for 3 years of my life. From receiving the world tour footage directly to my apartment at the time in Valley Village, California; to working directly with the original director Alexis Gudino on the edit in a concrete under-construction room in a Hollywood executive office off of Sunset Boulevard; to the final delivery of Alexis’ and my cut to HBO; it was an absolutely wild ride. I am still proud of the Marc Anthony scenes I got to edit into the film, and moments from that are causing an impact now even 6 years later. This clip was published only a few weeks ago from our movie from 2013 (!!!):

This scene was very difficult to edit. The pacing and music had to be absolutely perfect.

Cutting together these moments together caused such an impact. I was extremely proud to have worked on this film, and it’s crazy to watch the ripple effect all these years later. If you’d like to check out the doc, it’s available to view here.

There was something guerilla-style and thrilling about when it was just me and Alexis editing the film together from that executive suite. I’m also pretty proud to say that the locked cut you can watch on streaming platforms is, in point of fact, the very same cut I delivered to HBO, by way of the Weinstein Company. I was extremely excited to have finally created something back in 2013 that would leave a mark for years to come.

Thank you for watching, as always. Cheers,

– Tom