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John Hart hides out with Smuggler

Producer forms new production company

NEW YORK — Gotham film and legit producer John Hart, formerly of Hart Sharp, has formed production company Smuggler Films.

Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody are partnering with Hart on the venture. They ran an earlier incarnation of Smuggler as a commercial and musicvid production house after launching it in 2001. It has ties to helmers including Bennett Miller and Chris Smith.

The new Smuggler will handle film, TV and legit projects, with offices in Gotham, L.A. and London.

Hart praised his new partners’ “roster of talented directors and their dedication to new media.”

Smuggler’s plan for this year is to set up two film projects, workshop a stage musical and produce a Web series ticketed for cable TV. It subsequently hopes to boost the slate and branch into co-financing and other media investments.

The three partners also have settled on several key staffers at Smuggler. They include Ben Limberg, a six-year BBC vet, who joins as head of production; Charles Stone, who segues from Evamere to head up legit development; Erin Lennox, a three-year Smuggler vet who’s also worked at Focus and for several indie producers and now becomes director of development; and Emily Kaplan, formerly of Miramax and the Weinstein Co., who will be an L.A.-based creative exec.

Hart’s 15 feature credits include “Revolutionary Road,” “You Can Count on Me” and “Boys Don’t Cry.” On Broadway, he has been a producer of top revivals such as “Chicago,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Annie Get Your Gun.”

In 2007, Hart formed Evamere Entertainment upon the dissolution of Hart Sharp.

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