New York-based postproduction boutique Hooligan has signed editor Tom Schachte. He joins Hooligan following tenures at Blue Rock and Wild Child.
Schachte has edited everything from commercials and branded content to TV shows and documentaries. Collaborating with luminaries such as Elma Garcia, Raymond Bark, Scott Duncan and Marcus Stevens, he has earned a reputation for being a great storyteller and a director’s editor. His commercial reel includes brands such as AOL, AT&T, eBay, Hasbro, Moviefone, Royal Caribbean, Special Olympics, Toyota and Verizon.
“Tom’s reputation preceded him,” said Hooligan founder/president Kane Platt. “He is an extremely versatile editor who has great style and incredible instincts. And when you bring in someone with his eye, energy and enthusiasm for the work, it ups everyone’s game around them. We’re very lucky he decided to join us.”
Schachte began his career as an intern at BBC News. The network eventually turned him loose to cover rock festivals with his Bolex camera. Returning to the U.S., a 24-year-old Schachte soon found himself heading the editorial department of a Southeast production company. He then spent the next five years working on a CBS children’s show which garnered several Emmy nominations.
Schachte discovered his passion for cutting commercials after heading to Los Angeles to continue his filmmaking career. After honing his craft working alongside editor Jacques Dury, he launched Straight Cut. From Budweiser to Boeing, Schachte worked with just about every major brand and agency during his company’s 16-year run. Blue Rock ultimately recruited him back to New York, where he has lived ever since.
“I’ve always enjoyed the fast turnarounds of advertising,” he said. “Each project presents unique situations and challenges with lots of on-the-fly problem solving and, inherently, each day is different. At Hooligan, not only do I get to continue cutting commercials, but also spend the day with smart, funny people who do great work together.”