Melissa Joan Hart Signs With APA (Exclusive)

Melissa Joan Hart - H 2016
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Melissa Joan Hart - H 2016

The ‘Melissa & Joey’ star next headlines ‘God’s Not Dead 2,’ due out April 1.

Melissa Joan Hart has signed with APA, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. She was previously at Paradigm.

The actress and producer is coming off of her sitcom Melissa & Joey’s four-season run on ABC Family. She next stars in Pure Flix’s God’s Not Dead 2 as a Christian public school teacher who takes the stand for her beliefs; the faith-based drama opens April 1. Her Hartbreak Films shingle also is partnering with 44 Blue Productions (Wahlburgers) on Sweet Harts, a reality show about her family’s attempt to open a dessert shop in her Westport., Conn., hometown. The docuseries, currently in development, will be shopped to networks.

Hartbreak’s first project was Hart’s hit sitcom Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which ran for a total of seven seasons on ABC and then The WB. The franchise spawned two TV movies, an animated spinoff, a soundtrack and two computer games.

In addition to episodes of her last two series, Hart also directed the 2014 Lifetime holiday movie Santa Con, in which she also starred and executive produced via Hartbreak, whose other credits include telepics My Fake Fiance, Silencing Mary, The Right Connections and Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story, as well as the DVD thriller Nine Dead. Hart also starred in the 1999 teen rom-com Drive Me Crazy, opposite Adrian Grenier.

At age 15, Hart landed her big break as the titular teen in Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All. She later chronicled her transition from child stardom to motherhood in her 2013 memoir, Melissa Explains It All: Tales From My Abnormally Normal Life. Her stage credits include the 1991 Broadway revival of The Crucible as well as Off-Broadway productions of The Vagina Monologues and Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore.

Hart continues to be managed by Gilbertson Entertainment.