Diana Friedberg ACE is a multiple award-winning editor and producer. In 1967 she began her career in her native South Africa. There, in 1972, she became the first woman to direct a feature film. She moved to Hollywood with her husband and family in 1986. With an MFA from USC in film production Friedberg has edited and produced features, episodic television, animation series and non-fiction productions for companies as diverse as Disney, National Geographic, The History Channel, A&E, Discovery, NBC, USA, Stephen J. Cannell, and Leonard Nimoy Productions.
Fired by her passion for beads, Diana was inspired to travel the world filming and documenting the use of beads and beadwork in cultures in every corner of the globe. This resulted in her groundbreaking five-part documentary series entitled World on a String. Widely acknowledged and loved, it garnered 31 international awards. A companion photographic book soon followed the film’s success. In 2020 she completed a major documentary on the life of composer Max Steiner and his contribution to the art of film scoring. Diana co-chaired the American Cinema Editors intern program for 18 years, mentoring many young editors to successful careers in the industry. In 2017 she was the recipient of American Cinema Editors Heritage Award, given in recognition of her unwavering commitment to advancing the image of the film editor, cultivating respect for the editing profession, and tireless dedication to American Cinema Editors.
Diana at the 2017 ACE Eddie Awards
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