John Hart forms company with Smuggler

Producing-financing entity sets sights on films, TV, musical

John Hart, the producer behind a series of indie hits during the past decade, is forming a company with commercial and music-video outfit Smuggler.

The producer of "Boys Don't Cry" and "Revolutionary Road" as well as Broadway revivals like "Guys and Dolls" is teaming with Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody of Smuggler to form production and financing entity Smuggler Films. In 2009, Smuggler Films will aim to produce two theatrical features, workshop a musical and develop a TV series, with plans to branch out further in 2010.

Smuggler Films also has made a group of hires, bringing on BBC veteran Ben Limberg as head of production, Charles Stone from Hart's Evamere Entertainment as director of theater development and Weinstein Co. alum Emily Kaplan as creative exec. Smuggler's Erin Lennox has been named the new company's director of development.

Hart counts "Proof," "A Home at the End of the World" and "You Can Count on Me" among his film credits and, on the theater side, productions of "Chicago" and "Tommy."

Hart had been running Evamere, with "Revolutionary Road" its most prominent film credit. Milling Smith's and Carmody's Smuggler reps such directors as Bennett Miller and Henry-Alex Rubin for commercials.