With offices in New York, Los Angeles and London, the new company plans to offer artists the opportunity to work in multiple media. In its first year, for example, Smuggler Films plans to produce at least two feature films, workshop a new musical and launch a web series intended for cable TV.
Hart, whose current production moniker is Evamere Entertainment, has film credits including Revolutionary Road, Boys Don't Cry, You Can Count On Me, Nicholas Nickleby, A Home At The End Of The World and The Night Listener. His has produced 11 Broadway productions and numerous off-Broadway, regional and West End shows. Credits include the current revival of Chicago, the revival of Guys And Dolls with Nathan Lane, The Who's Tommy, Hamlet with Ralph Fiennes and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying with Matthew Broderick.
Milling Smith and Carmody founded Smuggler in 2001 and has built an impressive array of directors in its commercial talent portfolio including Bennett Miller, Chris Smith, Henry-Alex Rubin and Ivan Zacharias.
'Partnering with Smuggler, with their roster of talented directors and their dedication to new media, places us in a unique position to support talent in the telling of their stories where they are best served,' said Hart in a statement.
'Smuggler has always been a very intuitive company with an emphasis on taste, integrity and talent,' said Milling Smith. 'John instantly felt like a natural partner to us all. We could not be more delighted to build something with him. We have a fantastic team built on experience, enthusiasm, craft, instinct and grit. Our aim has always been to have a company that is in service of great ideas. Now hopefully we can stand by that, whatever the medium.'
Ben Limberg joins Smuggler Films as head of production after six years at the BBC, most recently as producer/director.
Charles Stone joins as director of theater development from Hart's Evamere Entertainment.
Erin Lennox joins as director of development. She has been with Smuggler for the past 3 years and previously worked for Focus Features and several independent producers including Laura Bickford.
Emily Kaplan has been hired as the company's LA-based creative executive, based in Los Angeles. She has worked previously at The Weinstein Company, Miramax and for director Steven Shainberg.