A native Texan, Catalena graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Radio/Television/Film (1994). After receiving his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Film Editing (1997) from the American Film Institute, where he cut a Student Academy Award-winning short film, My Body, he worked as a freelance editor at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and The Learning Channel.
Catalena joined Peter Jones Productions in 1997 and has edited 25 films for the Emmy Award-winning A&E series, Biography, including six two-hour specials on such icons as Charlie Chaplin, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Brian Wilson and Dr. Seuss.
In addition to editing, he co-directed Goldwyn for the PBS series American Masters and directed the two-hour Biography special on the life and career of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, which included an unprecedented collection of 110 works. He then co-directed and edited the vérité documentary Sunset Junction and the authoritative character study Stardust: The Bette Davis Story for TCM.
Still responsible for his usual roles, the sweeping American saga Inventing LA: The Chandlers and Their Times also marked Catalena’s debut as a director of photography. His longtime creative partnership with Jones yielded what Variety called “a definitive look at the paper and the Chandler family with an encyclopedic gravitas... so rich, complex and contentious.”
For Johnny Carson: King of Late Night, Catalena received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Picture Editing.
Mark is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA).
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