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32 CINEMONTAGE / JUL-AUG 14 FOSTER THE PEOPLE Editorial Crew for TV Drama Is a Family Unit Itself by Laura Almo portraits by Gregory Schwartz T elevision has its own way of telling stories, on screen and in the cutting room. Last summer, ABC Family premiered The Fosters, a one-hour TV drama created by Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg and produced by Jennifer Lopez's Nuyorican Productions and Prodco Inc. Recently honored with a GLAAD (Media) Award, The Fosters follows the trials and tribulations of an interracial lesbian couple raising a blended, non-traditional, alternative, multi-racial family. Presented by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the award honors the media for outstanding accurate representations of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives. Striking a chord with its prime audience — female teens and twentysomethings — the series was an immediate success. And no wonder; dealing with topics such as teen sex, the "morning after" pill, drugs and LGBT issues, the show deals with 21st-century concerns in a heartfelt albeit realistic way. At the core of the show is family, according to The Fosters' co-creator and executive producer Peter Paige. But there's a twist. The inclusion of a same-sex couple immediately begs the question: How did they create their family? The family is composed of a biological child from a previous marriage, a set of twins adopted from the foster- care system, and a couple of foster kids the couple (Lena and Stef ) are trying to adopt. "This creates a kind of instant, 'We're a family; we're all in this together, but we all got here on a different road' dynamic," says Paige. Much the same can be said for the family spirit in editorial where the crew has adapted to a workflow that keeps control of dailies in-house. Back for a second season, which premiered June 16, the post-production team enjoys a close-knit environment with an unusually high number of women working on the team. Five of the six editors and assistant editors are women. Editor Michael D. Jablow, ACE (Hair, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Contender), the lone male, cut the pilot. Sharon Silverman (Northern Exposure, Judging Amy, Ugly Betty, Army Wives) is a seasoned TV editor. Debra Weinstein (Alias, Brothers and Sisters, 90210) got her start working in commercials in New York before moving to LA and initially assisting on many TV series. Assistant Editor Meghan Robertson has been working in television for the nearly 10 years on TV dramas that include Army Wives, Private Practice Opposite: The Fosters editorial crew, clockwise from bottom left: Sandra An- geline, Debra Weinstein, Sharon Smith Holley, Sharon Silverman, Meghan Robertson and Michael Jablow. Right: The Fosters. ABC Family CineMontage_Jul-Aug_14-4.indd 32 6/18/14 5:50 PM

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