John Hadity is the President and CEO of Hadity & Associates, Inc., a consultancy firm that specializes in risk management and production finance for film and television. With over 20 years of studio experience, Mr. Hadity most recently served as the Executive Vice President of Motion Picture & Television Production Finance for Miramax Films. During his 12 year tenure with the company he was responsible for a portfolio of production budgets valued in excess of $4 Billion. Mr. Hadity oversaw the strategic planning, risk management, labor relations, business affairs, tax, government relations and financial reporting for over 250 production entities, as well as managed all of the parent company’s structured finance and off balance sheet transactions. He has worked closely with government policymakers on the regional, state, provincial, and national levels in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Serbia, and in the United States in Washington D.C., New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, and Puerto Rico, to incentivize the movement of production to these areas, resulting in over $250 Million being brought back into the studio while supporting inward investment in those territories. In addition to his corporate responsibilities at the company, Mr. Hadity also served as production rep on several Miramax releases including Academy Award winners SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, EMMA and RESTORATION.
Mr. Hadity began his film career at Orion Classics, a division of Orion Pictures Corp., where he served as technical and administrative director on art and specialty film acquisitions including Gabriel Axel’s Oscar winning BABETTE’S FEAST, Akira Kurosawa’s RAN, Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC, Pedro Almodovar’s WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, Bruno Nuytten’s CAMILLE CLAUDEL, Richard Linklater’s SLACKERS, Claude Berri’s JEAN DE FLORETTE and MANON OF THE SPRING, Wim Wenders’ WINGS OF DESIRE, several films by Eric Rohmer, and the re-release of Louis Malle’s MURMUR OF THE HEART.
Mr. Hadity departed Orion during its financial restructuring to join indy producer Donna Gigliotti at Universal Pictures where he managed Ms. Gigliotti’s independent production company, Tempesta Films. Projects originally developed and packaged under the Tempesta banner include the film adaptation of Walter Mosley’s acclaimed novel DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS and first time director Dan Algrant’s NAKED IN NEW YORK executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
Immediately prior to joining Miramax in 1993, Mr. Hadity was with The Kennedy/Marshall Company, the independent production concern of former Amblin Entertainment producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall.
Mr. Hadity presently finances and serves as Executive Producer on his own films and is the Chairman of the Producers Guild of America East. He has served on the MPAA’s Worldwide Production and International Tax Committees, and is a frequent guest lecturer at Yale University, Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, and New York University’s Stern School of Business. His board service includes Independent Feature Project (IFP Programs Advisory Board), Gedi Systems, Inc. (Director), Hamilton College (Alumni Council) and is the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). His most recent film, MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS (a film adaptation of the award-winning stage play by Athol Fugard) has just completed post production.