March 08, 2010

Emmy-winning Sound Editor and Longtime Television Academy Leader Vince Gutierrez Passes

In addition to years of service as an Academy governor, he won two Primetime Emmys and wrote numerous episodic scripts.

Vince Gutierrez a Primetime Emmy-winning sound editor and longtime governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, died in his sleep on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at his home in Indio, California.

Gutierrez, whose career spanned more than 40 years, earned credits on over 700 hours of network primetime programming as a sound editor. He also logged a number of writing credits.

Gutierrez began his career at Paramount Pictures in 1964 as a member of the Motion Picture Film Editors Guild. He later joined the NBC Productions editorial staff, working on Bonanza and The High Chaparral.

In 1974, he became a postproduction supervisor for Michael Landon Productions. During his years with Landon, he also wrote numerous episodes of the series Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy and Highway to Heaven.

At the time of his passing, Gutierrez served as president of his own company, VRG Enterprises, a provider of motion picture and television postproduction services.

His most recent sound editing credits were the 2008 film Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal and the 2009 film 12 Men of Christmas, both of which aired on the Lifetime cable network

Gutierrez garnered four Primetime Emmy nominations for outstanding sound editing for a miniseries, movie or special, and won twice: in 1987 for the NBC film Unnatural Causes and in 1990 for the ABC film Challenger.

He also won a Golden Reel Award and was nominated for an Imagen Award.

In addition to membership in the Writers Guild of America, West, and the Motion Picture Film and Videotape Editors Guild, Gutierrez was a dedicated member of the Television Academy.

He served six terms on the Academy's board of governors representing the Sound Editors peer group, and was a member of the Sound Editors Peer Group Executive Committee continuously from 1991. He also served a term on the Academy's Executive Committee, chaired the organization's Diversity Committee and sat on the National Awards, Governors Ball, Membership and By-Laws committees, among others.

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