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Hardy Justice is Senior Vice President of Maven Pictures, where he heads up development for the company’s New York office. The company’s films include the Golden Globe-winning The Kids Are All Right. He co-produced the Gotham and Spirit Award-nominated film Bernie (Richard Linklater directing and Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine starring) and the up-comingKristin Wiig and Annette Bening comedy The Girl Most Likely. Prior to Maven, he headed up the New York development office at Scott Rudin Productions, where he worked on such films as Nora Ephron’s Julie and Julia, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, Nancy Meyer’s It's Complicated, David Fincher’s The Social Network and Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg.
Prior to SRP, Mr. Justice headed up the development and production department of Robert DeNiro’s film company, Tribeca Productions. During his tenure at Tribeca, he worked on a number of critically acclaimed and box office hits including such comedies as Meet the Fockers (highest grossing comedy of all time with box office of $500 million), Meet the Parents (over $100 million), and Analyze This/Analyze That (over $100 million), as well as such varied films as Academy Award-nominated Wag the Dog, Rent, and The Good Shepherd.
He produced the film Stage Beauty for director Richard Eyre and served as primary producer on set for this and other Tribeca films.
He co-produced the Academy Award-nominated film About a Boy, starring Hugh Grant and Rachel Weisz, and has produced projects for television, including movies for Comedy Central, as well as series and mini-series for HBO.
With a background in publishing and the book business, he set up over 15 book-related projects at various studios, including: best-selling young adult novel series Artemis Fowl (Jim Sheridan to direct) at Disney/Weinstein Co; comedies Undomestic Goddess and Loose Lips (Zoe Cassavettes attached) at Universal; and thrillers Winter of Frankie Machine (Michael Mann directing and Robert DeNiro to star) and 36 (Martin Campbell to direct) at Paramount.
In addition to his work as a film executive, Mr. Justice has served on film panels for the Tribeca Film Festival and IFP and served as a mentor for the Sloan Foundation screenwriting program. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU.