Bobbcat Films CEO Roger Bobb; and Rainforest Entertainment CEO Rob Hardy (Photo credit: Jonell Media PR for Steed Media)

The African American Film Critics Association will celebrate the career of producer-director Rob Hardy during its sixth annual SYNERGY event on July 20 at Bobbcat Films in Atlanta. A signature event for the organization, AAFCA SYNERGY celebrates inroads made by film and TV professionals in the Southeast, which now leads the industry with feature film productions. AAFCA SYNERGY provides an opportunity for creative professionals in Atlanta and the Southeast region to connect and collaborate with their peers across the industry. Hardy will join an outstanding group of Atlanta-based entrepreneurs and creatives who have been acknowledged by the organization for their achievements.

A respected, creative thought leader, Hardy has been at the forefront of the current success of film production in the Southeast with such franchise films as STOMP THE YARD, which filmed in Atlanta, and THINK LIKE A MAN (both made alongside one-time producing partner Will Packer) that have generated over $200 million at the box office. As a television director, Hardy has amassed an impressive résumé with such shows as “Power,” “Blindspot,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Flash” and “Vampire Diaries.” Hardy is also off to a promising start creating television content. Recently, BET picked up “The Quad,” for a second. season. “The Quad” is a scripted series around HBCU life that Hardy co-created and for which he serves as an executive producer. Also, it was recently announced that Hardy is developing the series “Atlanta’s Most Wanted” with rapper-actor-producer T.I. and Jerry Bruckheimer Television at FOX.

“Rob Hardy was an early proponent of filming movies and other creative content in the Southeast, and is a living testament to the immense opportunities that are possible for a growing number of producers, directors and content creators based in the Southeast,” says AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson. “Atlanta’s position as a player in film and TV production is now undeniable, and SYNERGY is honored to celebrate game-changers like Rob Hardy with a platform that encourages, inspires and connects others who are following that lead and are dedicated to further strengthening the region’s prime position.”

Previous AAFCA SYNERGY Award recipients include Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson, principles of the media marketing company Liquid Soul; Charles Humbard, founder and president of UPtv; Roger Bobb, executive producer of the popular sitcoms, “Rickey Smiley Show and “Mann and Wife”; Brett Dismuke and Eric Tomosunas, principles of Swirl Films; and Mark Swinton, producer at Tyler Perry Studios.