Toby Yates is an award-winning editor now based in Los Angeles. He has worked as a film and television editor for more than 20 years.
His television credits include “Shameless” (Showtime), “Brothers and Sisters” (ABC), “Falling Water” (USA), “Powers” (Sony) and “Nightflyers” (Syfy).
Toby has edited three films for director Karen Moncrieff: the Sundance hit “Blue Car”, “The Dead Girl” starring Toni Colette and Brittany Murphy (winner of the Deauville Film Festival) and, most recently, “The Trials of Cate McCall” starring Kate Beckinsale.
Toby’s other film credits include “The Moon and the Stars” (directed by John Irvin, starring Jonathan Pryce and Alfred Molina) for which he won Best Editor at the Milano International Film Festival, “Bless me Ultima” for director Carl Franklin, “Midnight Meat Train” starring Bradley Cooper, and “No One Lives” (directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, starring Luke Evans). Toby has also recut a number of films including “Adam” starring Rose Byrne and “Chameleon” starring Ellen Barkin and Famke Jansen.
Born in London and raised primarily on the East Coast of America (he has dual Nationality) he grew up in the film industry. Toby’s professional start was as apprentice editor to Roy Lovejoy (“2001 “, “The Shining”, “Aliens” , “Batman”) for whom he later worked as an assistant editor.
Initially torn between film and theatre, Toby, having directed theatre in both London and Los Angeles, decided to accept the opportunity to edit his first independent feature, “Cleopatra’s Second Husband”, and to focus on editing. This led to further projects ranging from James Elroy’s “Brown’s Requiem”, “Don Quixote” with John Lithgow and Bob Hoskins, and “A Separate Peace”, the last two projects directed by his father, Peter Yates, the Oscar-nominated director of “Bullitt”, “Breaking Away” and “The Dresser”.
Toby attended Columbia University’s film school where he studied with Woody Allen’s legendary editor, Ralph Rosenblum, and Palm D’Or winning director Emir Kusturica. While a student at Columbia, Toby won the first MTV Student Award for directing.