Producer John N. Hart and Smuggler Partners Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody have announced the launch of Smuggler Films LLC, a production company that has been created to produce film, theater and television. Smuggler Films will combine the experience of Evamere Entertainment, led by Hart, and Smuggler, led by Milling Smith and Carmody. The emphasis will be on “a creative home that allows artists the opportunity to work across all media to develop and produce content.” Smuggler Films will keep offices in New York, Los Angeles and London.
“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,” Hart stated.
John Hart, a veteran independent producer, has produced over 15 feature films including “Revolutionary Road,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “You Can Count on Me,” “Proof,” and “Nicholas Nickelby.”
“Smuggler has always been a very intuitive company with an emphasis on taste, integrity and talent,” Milling Smith in a statement. “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.”
Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody founded Smuggler in 2001, a commercial and music video production company with offices in New York, Los Angeles and London. Smuggler’s commercial talent roster includes Bennett Miller, Chris Smith, Henry-Alex Rubin, Ivan Zacharias, Randy Krallman, Guy Shelmerdine, Brian Beletic, and David Frankham, among others.
In 2009, Smuggler Films plans to produce at least two feature films, workshop a new musical and launch a web series intended for cable TV. They will increase their slate next year and eventually move into co-financing and investing in other properties.
Ben Limberg, Erin Lennox, Charles Stone and Emily Kaplan have all joined the company. Limberg joins Smuggler Films as Head of Production having worked at the BBC for the past six years; Charles Stone joins the company as Director of Theater Development from Evamere Entertainment; Lennox joins Smuggler Films as Director of Development, while Kaplan has been brought in as Smuggler Film’s Creative Executive, based in Los Angeles.