HARTBREAK FILMS, INC
A Family Friendly Film and Television Production Company Owned by Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart. Realizing that there wasn’t any real programming that the whole family could watch, Paula Hart and Melissa Joan Hart decided to found Hartbreak Films in 1993 to produce both projects for Melissa to star in and projects that they can produce. After acquiring the rights to the Archie comic book, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Paula served as Executive Producer on this highly rated Showtime movie that starred her daughter, Melissa. With that success, she developed the TV series that also starred Melissa and produced 163 episodes of the live action series, 65 episodes f the animated series, 3 MOW’s as well as a host of licensed products. More recently, Hartbreak produced 104 episodes of the hit show Melissa and Joey for ABC Family .
Paula Hart has established a long list of producing credits for television and film including the television movies Up Up and Away (Disney Channel), Sabrina Goes To Rome (ABC Wonderful World), Two Came Back (NBC), Sabrina Down Under (ABC Wonderful World), Doomrunners (Nickelodeon), Silencing Mary (ABC), The Right Connections (Showtime), My Fake Fiance (ABC Family which spun off Melissa and Joey) and Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story (ABC Wonderful World), among others. Paula directed her first film, A Very Merry Toy Store, starring Melissa and Mario Lopez, Billy Gardell and Brian Dennehy. Christmas movies include Santa Con, Feliz NaviDAD, Santa Bootcamp (directed by Melissa), as well as Christmas In Tune, Once Upon a Main Street, Mistletoe in Montana, Christmas Reservations and many more.
Nine Dead was the first independent feature they produced which has international distribution. Hartbreak also ventured into reality programming, filming Tying the Knot for ABC Family in 2003. Mute, a short film directed by Melissa was the darling of film festivals including Tribeca, Palm Springs, Whistler, Palm Beach, Miami, Reno Tahoe and others.
Watcher in the Woods is a remake of the 1980 Disney Film starring Angelica Huston based on a new script by Scott Abbott. Melissa directed the film, which was shot in Wales.