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.