Editing an ‘Empire’ for Fox

As a child, editor Zack Arnold and his brother shot short films with a VHS camcorder. Before long, he was using two VCRs to re-mix existing movies. After studying film at the University of Michigan, he moved to LA, where he landed a job editing trailers. That led to work on indie features, and then episodic TV. Editing Burn Notice was a breakthrough moment, and the experience opened other doors. Arnold worked with showrunner Ilene Chaiken on a medical drama that was cancelled, but the partnership was solid, so when she was named an executive producer on Fox’s Empire, Arnold was brought on board as well.