Tom Schatz

Professor

Tom Schatz

Tom Schatz is the Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair (and former chairman) of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has been on the faculty since 1976, and is the Executive Director of the University of Texas Film Institute. He has written four books about Hollywood films and filmmaking, including Hollywood Genres: Formulas, Filmmaking, and the Studio System; The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era; and Boom and Bust: American Cinema in the 1940s. Schatz edited the four-volume collection, Hollywood: Critical Concepts, and he also serves as series editor of the Film and Media Studies Series for the University of Texas Press. Schatz's writing on film has appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, and academic journals, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Premiere, The Nation, Film Comment, Film Quarterly, and Cineaste.

Schatz lectures widely on American film and television in the U.S. and abroad, and he has delivered talks and conducted seminars for the Motion Picture Academy, the Directors Guild of America, the American Film Institute and the Los Angeles Film School. Schatz also is engaged in media production, has consulted and provided on-screen commentary for a number of film and television documentaries, and is co-producer of "The Territory," a long-running regional PBS series that showcases independent film and video work.

Schatz's recent publications include an essay on "Band of Brothers" in The Essential HBO Reader (2008) and "The Studio System and Conglomerate Hollywood," the lead essay in The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry (2008). Current publishing projects include a study of contemporary Hollywood and a revised edition of Hollywood Genres.

As Executive Director of the UT Film Institute, which he founded and launched in 2003, Schatz oversees a program devoted to training students in narrative and digital filmmaking, and the actual production of feature-length independent films.

Undergraduate Courses taught:

  • American Film History (various topics, including the Hollywood Studio System, the New Hollywood, American Independent Film, et al.)
  • American Film Genres (various topics, including Western, Screwball Comedy, Horror, Film Noir, Melodrama, Hardboiled Detective, et al.)
  • Film Analysis and Criticism (various topics, including regularly recurring courses on the films of Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, and Clint Eastwood)
  • American Independent Cinema
  • Narrative Strategies and Digital Design

Graduate Courses taught:

  • Topics in Film History: Classical Hollywood Studio System; Contemporary Hollywood Cinema; Post-1960 American Film History
  • Historical Methods: Authorship, Industry Studies, and Archival Research

Current book project on “Conglomerate Hollywood” awarded a Film Scholars Grant by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013.

Recent/forthcoming articles include:

"Cycling Through: Hitchcock and the Studio System," in The Cambridge Companion to Hitchcock. Jonathan Freedman, ed. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.

"Spielberg as Director, Producer, and Mogul," in A Companion to Steven Spielberg, Nigel Morris, ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.

"The Film Director in the New Hollywood: Three Case Studies,” in Directing, Virginia Wright Wexman, ed. Rutgers University Press, forthcoming.

"Ten Years After: The Indie Film Movement in 1999," in A Companion to American Indie Film, Geoff King, ed. Blackwell, forthcoming.

With Alisa Perren. "Theorizing Television's Writer-Producer: Re-viewing The Producer's Medium," in Television & New Media, winter 2014.

"Film Studies, Cultural Studies, and Media Industry Studies" in Media Industries (volume 1, number 1; 2014).

"HBO and Netflix - Getting Back to the Future" in Flow (volume 19, January 2014)

“Conglomerate Hollywood and American Independent Film,” in American Independent Cinema, Geoff King, Claire Molloy, Yannis Tzioumakis, eds. Routledge, 2013.

“2008: A Hollywood Too Big to Fail,” in American Cinema of the 2000s: Themes and Variations, Timothy Corrigan, ed. Rutgers University Press, 2012.

“Seismic Shifts in the American Film Industry,” in Wiley-Blackwell’s History of American Film, Roy Grundmann et al., eds; Chapter One (lead essay) in Volume IV. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

With Alisa Perren. "Theorizing Television's Writer-Producer: Re-viewing The Producer's Medium," in Television & New Media, winter 2014.

"Film Studies, Cultural Studies, and Media Industry Studies" in Media Industries (volume 1, number 1;2014).

"HBO and Netflix - Getting Back to the Future" in Flow (volume 19, January 2014)

“Conglomerate Hollywood and American Independent Film,” in American Independent Cinema, Geoff King, Claire Molloy, Yannis Tzioumakis, eds. Routledge, 2013.

“2008: A Hollywood Too Big to Fail,” in American Cinema of the 2000s: Themes and Variations, Timothy Corrigan, ed. Rutgers University Press, 2012.

“Seismic Shifts in the American Film Industry,” in Wiley-Blackwell’s History of American Film, Roy Grundmann et al., eds; Chapter One (lead essay) in Volume IV. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Contact Information

512-471-6680
CMA 6.128B
Office Hours
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  • TH 11:30 - 1pm

Mrs. Mary Gibbs Jones Centennial Chair in Communication
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1976