Director of “All American”
Rob Hardy is the director and executive producer of the pilot “All American.” He is a writer, director and producer in both television and film, and owner of Rainforest Films.
While pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Florida A & M, Hardy made the low-budget motion picture “Chocolate City.” The underground buzz on the project soon led to his controversial film “Trois.” Hardy not only directed and co-wrote the thriller, he was also instrumental in self-distributing the project to be the fastest Independent African American film to pass the one million dollar mark. In 2003, after directing the thriller “Pandora’s Box,” he added the role of producer to his credits by collaborating with Will Packer and produced “Motives.”
Hardy wrote, directed and produced the faith-based drama entitled “The Gospel” starring Idris Elba and Boris Kodjoe. The film garnered a Black Movie Awards “Best Screenplay” nomination. Executive producing Mekhi Phifer’s directorial film debut, “Puff Puff Pass,” soon followed, before serving as executive producer of “Stomp The Yard,” which received the 2007 Movie of the Year Award from the BET Hip Hop Awards. Black Enterprise Magazine listed Hardy among the Top 40 Entertainers under 40 for the year 2007. He was also named an HBO Director to Watch Award, and broke into directing network television in January 2008 with an episode of “ER.”
Florida A&M University awarded him with the Meritorious Achievement Award, which is the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus. Hardy has directed a number of commercial projects for clients, including: BET, CNN, TBS, American Honda, Coca-Cola, The National Cancer Institute and Burrell Communications. He has directed multiple episodes of “The Vampire Diaries,” “90210,” “Bones,” “Criminal Minds,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” “The Flash,” “Arrow,” “Blindspot” and “Power.” Hardy developed the idea for the television series “The Quad” which he produced and directed over the course of two seasons.
He currently resides in Atlanta, Ga. with his wife and sons.