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Final Cut Signs HBO's 'The Defiant Ones' Editor Eric Alexander-Hughes

Documentary and music video editor joins the roster

Final Cut Signs HBO's 'The Defiant Ones' Editor Eric Alexander-Hughes

Final Cut continues its string of editor acquisitions with the signing of documentary and music video editor Eric Alexander-Hughes.

Final Cut welcomes Alexander-Hughes following last night’s release of Part 1 of HBO’s documentary mini-series The Defiant Ones, which explores the relationship between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, their collaborators, and their impact on music and popular culture in general. Eric served as a member of what the New York Times calls the series’ “team of exquisite editors.”

Eric has become a longtime and frequent collaborator with renowned music video director Hype Williams. In addition to his work with Hype Williams, Eric has also worked alongside esteemed directors Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry.

Eric, the son of director Allen Hughes of the Hughes Brothers (Dead Presidents, From Hell, The Book of Eli) has been editing since he was a kid. He was inspired from an early age by the late Prince. “I remember reading books about Prince when I was young that really inspired me. I admired his drive and commitment to honing his craft at a young age and connected with his identity as a biracial artist that was unbound by convention.” Since then, music, politics and a commitment to craft has been at the heart of Eric’s life and work.

Eric McCasline, EP at Final Cut LA, who has been working with Alexander-Hughes for years, says, “Eric is really hitting his stride as an editor. We are so happy to have him and look forward to many productive years with him at Final Cut.” 

“I’m glad to be joining the editors at Final Cut. From Paul Zucker and Jeff Buchanan, to the 'commander in chief' himself Rick Russell, I'm very much looking forward to having a home here amongst these artists."

The editorial house will represent Alexander-Hughes for commercials, branded content and music videos domestically and in the UK. Final Cut is represented by Denise Blate Roederer’s RHODA on the East Coast, Doug Stephen & Partners in the Midwest, and by Lisa Sabatino Lange’s Ready Set on the West Coast.