Prior to forming Adirondack Pictures, Paul Hardart created and co-ran, with Claudia Gray, Universal Focus, the specialty film division of Universal Pictures from 1999-2002. During his tenure, they oversaw the release of such films as Being John Malkovich (nominated for 3 Academy Awards) , Pitch Black ($40MM domestic box office), Nurse Betty (Golden Globe Award Winner) and Billy Elliot ($100MM Worldwide Gross, nominated for 3 Academy Awards and winner of the BAFTA award for Best Picture).
He also created Universal Pictures’ library management initiative to optimize the exploitation and return on the Studio’s 3,000-title library. As part of this initiative, he worked on the restoration and re-issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window and Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (the re-edited release was cited with special awards from the LA Critics, NY Critics and Boston Critics) which were released theatrically by USA Films and October Films, respectively.
Prior to his position at Universal Focus, he was the Vice President
of strategic planning for Universal Pictures, helping to develop the Studio’s
five year and strategic plans. He also created the business plans and strategies
for the Studio’s CGI Animation and SFX businesses, Live Stage Business
and its Direct-To-Video and Family Entertainment business. He was also instrumental
in the integration of the PolyGram Filmed Entertainment assets into Universal.
Prior to Universal, he worked at Warner Brothers and Turner Broadcasting. At
Turner, he developed the library management program for the company’s
Hanna-Barbera animation library (the largest animation library in the world
at the time)—developing ways to leverage its properties and characters
across all of the Turner companies (e.g. TNT, TBS, The Cartoon Network, Consumer
Products, Video, Online, etc.) He began his career at ABC Sports, as a producer
for CNBC and as a reporter for The Newark Star-Ledger—one of
the ten largest newspapers in the U.S.. He holds a BA in English literature
from Holy Cross and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management
at Northwestern University
Prior to forming Adirondack Pictures, Tom Hardart was Vice President at America Online (AOL) where he provided strategic guidance and oversight to AOL International ventures, which generated more than $700 Million in annual revenue. Before his move to AOL International, he was the General Manager of AOL's venture capital arm, The Greenhouse. The Greenhouse invested in more than 30 start-up Internet companies (e.g. Motley Fool and iVillage) and increased in value by than $500 Million during Hardart’s tenure. Initially at AOL, he helped build the nascent AOL customer base and brand via partner marketing, through the more than 50 strategic partnerships he initiated. Prior to his eight years at AOL, he was a marketing and sales executive for CompuServe and a Budapest-based marketing executive for one of central Europe’s leading office equipment firms. He holds an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.