Optimus today announced that Editor Mike Hackett has signed on for exclusive nationwide representation. With almost 20 years of editorial experience, Hackett brings extensive visual effects expertise and a unique storytelling style to the leading production and post house.

“We’re so excited to have Mike join our editorial roster,” said Optimus Executive Producer Therese Hunsberger. “Mike has such passion for his work, and he's an ideal fit for the culture of our team at Optimus. His experience in visual effects further strengthens our full suite of production and post offerings.”

Hackett founded Lucid Editorial in 2009 after working at a number of Los Angeles’ top post shops, including Brass Knuckles, Avenue Edit, Crush Editorial, Filmcore LA, and Chrome. He began his editorial career in Los Angeles at T-minus 30. Hackett has collaborated with many of the powerhouses of the commercial and feature world, including Olivier Gondry, Janusz Kaminski, Joe Pytka, Jessie Dylan, Pam Thomas, Ray Dillman and Nick Piper, to name a few.  Hackett has worked with a multitude of top ad agencies on assignments for clients such as Ford, Honda, Toyota, Chevy and HP. Along with a strong background in photography, Hackett is an avid bonsai technician with more than 1,000 exotic bonsai plants. It is his passion for these two seemingly unrelated art forms that brings a more traditional, holistic philosophy to his editorial work. 

“After having a great experience working with Optimus Director of Sales Tim Jacobs when he was at Protein Editorial and FilmCore, he introduced me to Therese,” said Hackett. “I have so much respect for Therese, as she has managed some of the best editors this city has ever seen. An opportunity to work with her was paramount. I look forward to introducing many of my current clients to the impressive team at Optimus and developing new client relationships.”

To view Hackett’s reel, please visit http://www.optimus.com/reels/mike-hackett/.

About Optimus
Optimus is a leading production and post-production house with offices in Chicago and Santa Monica.  A true one-stop shop, Optimus offers a full suite of creative services, including production, editing, color correction, visual effects and design, audio mixing and finishing. With ONE, the company’s live-action production arm, Optimus offers all production services, from shoot through post, under one roof – a singular, streamlined creative-driven machine.  For more information, please visit www.optimus.com and http://optimus.com/one. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Optimus161 and www.facebook.com/OneAtOptimus.