Steven Schachter began his career directing award-winning plays, such as "A View from the Bridge " and "Ashes," throughout Chicago in the '70s and '80s. After co-directing the 1983 TV movie "Journey's End," Schachter started writing and directing for television on a more regular basis in the '90s. He got his start writing for comedies like "thirtysomething" and "Home Fires," but it wasn't until he started writing and directing made-for-TV movies that Schachter really began establishing himself in Hollywood. In 1992 he sat in the director's chair for the romantic drama, "Getting Up and Going Home" and that same year he would also direct William H. Macy in the period drama, "The Water Engine," which was adapted from a David Mamet play. It wouldn't be the last time Schachter and Macy would collaborate, and over the next few years they would share writing credits on a number of cable television movies, including 1998's "The Con," 2002's "Door to Door," and 2004's "The Wool Cap," the latter of which was nominated for an Emmy and Writers Guild Award. In 1995 he made his feature film debut directing Macy in the thriller "Above Suspicion" and in 2008 the two reunited with "The Deal," a comedy featuring Macy as a struggling movie producer that desperately needs a hit. In 2010 Schachter returned to directing television movies with "Unanswered Prayers," a drama about an ex-football star who returns home to help out with the family business.