Media, Darling: Teri Hart

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
at themovienetwork.ca – Hart can
be heard weekly on Entertainment Extra,
a weekly 
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
now-established storytellers such as
Michael McGowan, Sudz Sutherland and Deborah Chow.

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.




Website: www.themovienetwork.ca/movie-entertainment/
Twitter: @TeriHart


Did
you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the
horizon?
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?

Carpe Diem.


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
entertainment shows.

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.

Worst?
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.

I
hate?
Judgement.

I
love?
Girl’s nights.

Reading?
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.

Dinner
guest?
Fine dining with George Clooney or Ryan Gosling.
Spaghetti with my husband.
Ice cream with my nephews.


Hero?
Spanx inventor.

Favourite
app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?

Pool
or ocean?
Pool.

Voicemail
or email?
Email.

2012
TIFF film you’re most looking forward to?
The Master or Argo.

Teacher’s Pet: Mistakes during internships?

Question six in our Teacher’s Pet series comes from Laura Chang, a student at Humber College’s PR program. We chat internships and humble pie. 

Her Question: We’ll be starting internships soon and I had a question: What should I do if I make a mistake during my internship?
Our Answer: Start by taking a deep breath and remember that mistakes are part of the learning process, and every intern (and full-time employee, for that matter) makes a few.
We haven’t met an intern who has yet to make an error, but you know what? That’s completely okay. We don’t expect interns to know everything. That’s why they’re here – to learn! So, if you make a mistake, don’t panic. It will be fine.
While your first reaction may be to cover it up so you don’t get in trouble with the boss, we’d actually rather you to step forward and let us know what happened. That way, we can correct it as soon as possible. Trust us. It’s much better to admit you screwed up and ask for help than to ignore it. By not reacting right away, you actually risk worsening the situation, depending on what it is.
If it was a small error, simply apologize and offer to help fix it. Do your best not to let it happen again (it’s a bit of a pet peeve to have to correct someone on the same error more than twice) and try to observe the steps taken to solve the problem. That way, you really understand the impact your mistake had and are more likely to not repeat it in the future. Win-win! 
For more complicated errors, sometimes your senior team may need to move quickly, and they may not have time to explain all the steps they’re taking to improve the situation. If there is something you don’t understand, make a note of it so you can discuss it with your manager later. After the dust has settled, ask your higher-ups if they can go over the steps they took to recover the error, and consider it a learning experience. And again, remember to apologize – humble pie may not be delicious, but it should be part of the menu sometimes.
Being upfront about a mistake shows maturity and honesty, two qualities any potential employer loves to see. Everyone makes mistakes and a good employer will help you learn from it, rather than chastising you or making you feel badly. 
Trying to solve the issue or at least coming up with some suggestions to correct your mistake shows you’re taking your job seriously and are willing to work to learn. We love that.
Got a burning PR question that you want us to answer? Email amalia.intern@rockitpromo.com. We’ll feature you on a future Teacher’s Pet.

Meet Our Team: Carly

Carly is our newest intern, who we snapped up after she showed us her stuff at LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oreal Paris. She recently graduated from the post-graduate Public Relations program at Humber College. Before that, she studied Media Information and Technoculture, with a Certificate in Writing at the University of Western Ontario, graduating with Honours. 
She comes with amazing internship experience, having held past positions at CosmoGirl Magazine, Jill Stuart, Michael Kors in Toronto, and the Fashion Design Council of Canada. She’s sweet, cheerful and always willing to jump in with both feet, no matter the project. 
We are happy to have this budding PR maven on our team! 

@CarlyOstroff

How long have you been part of the team?
It’s my third week!

Ideal vacation spot?
New York City. It’s the only place you can eat Forty Carrots frozen yogurt while shopping at Marc Jacobs.
 
Best gift you’ve ever received?
When I graduated from school, my mom bought me an amazing Prada bag. It’s huge and weighs a ton, but there’s no bag I would rather drag around with me. Except maybe Mulberry’s Alexa bag.
Favourite movie of all time?
Million Dollar Baby, I didn’t see that ending coming!
How do you like to relax?
Put on sweatpants and read every fashion magazine from Allure to Vogue.
Best part about being a publicist?
The best part of being a publicist is working in fashion, writing all the time and of course, talking lots. I love the creative freedom it encourages, and the ingenuity it breeds.
A little more from the fourth floor:
Website
Shopbop.com.
Designer Alexander Wang.
Store Labels or Love in Toronto. Awesome designer consignment.
Book The Secret Daughter by Somaya Gowda. 
Snack – Cupcakes.
Season – Fall.
Sexy – Leopard print.
Inspiration – Good books.
Drink – Coffee.
Motto in two words – Dress up.