Movie Entertainment’s Teri Hart burst into living rooms in 1996 as host of The Movie News (later known as @ The Movies) with an infectious charm and irrepressible energy that has made her a favourite with viewers and movie-stars alike. More than a thousand interviews later, Hart has become a fixture on red carpets, press junkets and film premieres, connecting film fans with all aspects of Hollywood and Hollywood North – from scorching hot, A-list celebrities to up-and-coming local talent.
In addition to Movie Entertainment – on-air at The Movie Network and HBO Canada and online
entertainment show on NewsTalk 1010, and contributing segments for Astral
Radio stations Virgin, Boom, and more.
Hart’s interviews include the “who’s who” of Hollywood – Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts,
Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg and Will Ferrell. She is also an ardent champion of emerging Canadian filmmakers and was among the first to turn the spotlight on Canada’s
Born in Brantford, Ontario, Hart studied broadcasting at Humber College where she found her
passion for entertainment journalism. Before joining The Movie Network, she held several
on-air positions, including stints at Toronto radio stations Q107 and CFNY and CKNX.
Hart is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), Women in Film and
Television (WIFT), Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) and the Academy of
Canadian Cinema and Television.
Being a lawyer crossed my mind, but my fate was sealed when I started working at the movie theatre as a teenager; I knew I wanted the smell of popcorn “topping” in my life forever.
Where would you like to be five years from now?
Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
Know the business! Watch the movies! Understand the org. chart, know how your company makes money from your position and get involved with as many different business units within the organization that you’re working for.
What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
The New Yorker, New York Times, Deadline.com and of course, I watch the Canadian daily
Best interview you’ve ever had?
Atom Egoyan for The Sweet Hereafter. I loved the movie and he was so gracious and interested in having a detailed talk about the film; it was the perfect combination of hard work meeting a willing subject. There was also the time that Ryan Gosling practiced his line “do you wanna get outta here” from Crazy, Stupid, Love with me but I loved that moment for very, very different reasons.
There’s always that moment when you’ve been standing on a carpet for hours and you find yourself screaming another human being’s name and they simply walk by. That’s soul crushing.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
There’s always time for wine.
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
Do the right thing. It’s usually the easiest decision.
What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?
Know who you’re talking to and be honest. We all need favours once in a while. I’m usually on your side.
Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about #wins.
Understanding that specialty TV might not be conventional but we can deliver true movie fans. I
love when that’s understood.
Right now, inevitably press notes and a back issue of The New Yorker. Eagerly anticipating two books from friends: Richard Crouse’s Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of the Devils and Jian Ghomeshi’s 1982.
Best place on earth?
Lake Nipissing with the sun setting, my three nephews laughing in the sand, a backgammon and a cribbage board close by and glass of wine in hand.
Fine dining with George Clooney or Ryan Gosling.
Spaghetti with my husband.
Ice cream with my nephews.
Favourite app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?
Pool or ocean?
Voicemail or email?
2012 TIFF film you’re most looking forward to?
The Master or Argo.