Rob Hardy

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Rob Hardy
BornRobert Hardy, Jr.
(1971-07-22) July 22, 1971 (age 43)[1]
Philadelphia, PA
ResidenceAtlanta, GA
EducationGreene Street Friends School
Alma materFlorida A&M University
OccupationFilmmaker, businessman
Spouse(s)Shaun Hardy[2]
 
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Rob Hardy
BornRobert Hardy, Jr.
(1971-07-22) July 22, 1971 (age 43)[1]
Philadelphia, PA
ResidenceAtlanta, GA
EducationGreene Street Friends School
Alma materFlorida A&M University
OccupationFilmmaker, businessman
Spouse(s)Shaun Hardy[2]
Not to be confused with Rod Hardy, another television director.

Rob Hardy (born Robert Hardy, Jr. on July 22, 1971) is a film producer, screenwriter, television and film director. With partner Will Packer, he founded the production company Rainforest Films in 1994.[3] Hardy's films include The Gospel, Trois, and Trois 2: Pandora's Box. His television credits include ER, Criminal Minds, Arrow, and The Game.

Film career[edit]

Rob Hardy began his career as a high school senior with the camcorder-shot movie G-Man. While pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Florida A&M University, he made the leap to film with the low-budget motion picture Chocolate City. This experience earned him the institution's highest honor, the Bernard Hendricks Student Leadership Award, and helped Hardy and film partner William Packer (Will Packer) launch Rainforest Films. The underground buzz on the project soon led to his controversial film Trois. Hardy not only directed and co-wrote the thriller, he was also instrumental in self-distributing the project to be the fastest Independent African-American film to pass the $1 million mark. In 2003, after directing the critically acclaimed thriller Trois 2: Pandora's Box,[4][5] he added the role of “Producer” to his credits by collaborating with business partner Will Packer to produce Motives, and later, Trois: The Escort.

Hardy then wrote and directed the spiritually-themed drama The Gospel and produced the companion concert film The Gospel Live. Executively producing Mekhi Phifer's directorial film debut Puff, Puff, Pass soon followed. Next, he served as Executive Producer of Stomp The Yard, which held the No. 1 position at the box office for two weekends in January 2007 and was named Best Movie at the 2007 BET Hip Hop Awards.. He went on to work on several other projects, including Stomp The Yard: Homecoming and Think Like a Man.

Television career[edit]

Since his 2008 dive into TV directing with ER, Hardy has worked on a variety of hit TV shows like Bones, Criminal Minds, The Vampire Diaries, 90210, and The Game and has begun directing commercial projects for clients, including CNN, TBS, American Honda, Coca-Cola, Georgia Lottery and The National Cancer Institute.

Along with Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, and Rainforest Films partner Will Packer, Hardy is co-founder of Bounce TV, a United States television network airing on digital terrestrial television stations. Promoted as "the first 24/7 digital multicast broadcast network created exclusively for African Americans," Bounce TV launched on September 26, 2011 and features programming geared toward blacks and African Americans in the 25–54 age range.[6]

Hardy was nominated on January 9, 2014 for the 45th NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series for his work on Criminal Minds.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hardy grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Greene Street Friends School in 1987.

Hardy resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife, Shaun, and their sons. Hardy dedicated his 2000 film Trois to his father, Robert, an investor in the movie and Rainforest Films, who died on Labor Day 1999 before the completion of the film.[8] Hardy is a graduate of Florida A&M University and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Hardy has completed studies at the New York Film Academy[9] and has earned many nominations and accolades, including the Bernard Hendricks Student Leadership Award from FAMU, which is the highest honor bestowed on a student; the Meritorious Achievement Award from FAMU, which is the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus [10][11] and the inaugural Woody Strode/Paul Robeson Award of Excellence from his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.

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