ABC Communications Exec Hope Hartman Exits to Focus on Documentary Work

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Hope Hartman will exit the network after a 10-year run with the network.

Respected ABC senior vp communications Hope Hartman is exiting the network following a 10-year run.

The move comes as Hartman is looking to turn her attention to producing documentaries. Friday will be her last day with ABC.

Hartman joined ABC in May 2006, rising from vp media relations to vp communications at ABC Entertainment Group before being promoted to senior vp communications. She worked closely with ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey and ABC Studios executive vp Patrick Moran, overseeing all communications strategy for primetime, daytime and late-night programming for ABC Entertainment Group and ABC Studios.

Hartman's shift to focus on documentary work comes after her first project, Book Club — a drama about a young New Yorker who starts a book club with her mother, grandmother and friends — was adapted by The CW in 2012 after playing at six or seven festivals. It's currently distributed by Indican and available on Amazon and iTunes.

She currently has two docs in the works: The Judy Effect, about humanitarian Judy Miller, which began filming Thursday; and Booked, set in the world of book tours and the memorable characters in that industry, which begins shooting in the fall. Full descriptions of both projects follow:

The Judy Effect

Judy Miller was a feminist trailblazer and global humanitarian who refused to be defined by the societal mores of her time. She was breaking glass ceilings before women even had seats at the table. One of the first women to hold an executive position at a major Japanese corporation and one of the first to work openly alongside men in Saudi Arabia, Judy’s insatiable curiosity and limitless energy led her from feminist activism in the United States to cultivating a global humanitarian effort. As part of that effort she traveled the globe from Bosnian war zones to the slums of India to remote plains of Africa. All places she believed she could make a difference … and she did. She elevated the Hilton Humanitarian Prize to its position as one of the most impactful humanitarian grants of our time. And that’s just part of the story. “The Judy Effect” is proof of the power of one: one thoughtful committed person can indeed change the world.


Explores the world of book tours where some of the most memorable characters aren’t actually in the books.