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|Born||Easton, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Occupation||comic book creator-writer-editor, feature film and television writer-producer-director|
|Notable works||Comics: From the Darkness, From Dusk Till Dawn. Feature Films: Laid to Rest, The Ghostmaker, The Wretched. Television: Oh Jerome, No|
Ed Polgardy is an American comic book creator-writer-editor, a television producer-director, and a feature film writer-producer-director.
In 1994, Polgardy co-created the comic book series From The Darkness and From The Darkness: Blood Vows, and wrote the graphic novel adaptation of Quentin Tarantino 's From Dusk Till Dawn. As Senior Editor at Jim Shooter's Defiant Comics, he developed, wrote, and edited several titles, including The Good Guys (comics) and Dark Dominion (penciled by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko). Polgardy also held the Editor-in-Chief position at BIG Entertainment where he worked with celebrity concept creators John Jakes, Mickey Spillane, Tom Clancy, and Neil Gaiman. The resulting intellectual properties were licensed to Miramax, Alliance Entertainment, and ABC TV.
Polgardy’s TV work includes producing and directing: Today’s Environment, starring Ed Begley Jr. , Millennium, hosted by Peter Weller, The Best of Wine and Food, featuring George Hamilton (actor), Elegance with Ivana, featuring Ivana Trump, .COM and .COM Kids, starring Mark Hamill, Healthy Solutions, starring Mariette Hartley, Women in Charge, with Nancy Glass, First Priority, hosted by Hunter Tylo, and Monsterama, featuring Cassandra Peterson (Elvira). Polgardy also helped create Price/Parker, a television production company where he developed, produced, and directed Identity, a female-empowerment show that aired on The Learning Channel. Moving into fictional programming, Polgardy produced Oh Jerome, No (starring Mamoudou Athie, Natasha Lyonne, and Georgina Campbell) through his Black Hat Magic Productions company, a short-form television series—eight 12-minute episodes—that aired on Cake (2019 TV series) on Disney's FXX Network and garnered a Best Actor Emmy Award nomination for star Mamoudou Athie.
As a screenwriter, Polgardy has had a number of his feature film scripts optioned and green-lit for production. Polgardy produced the motion pictures Masked Mutilator (featuring Brick Bronsky, Glenn Hetrick, and James DeBello), which he also co-wrote, The Halfway House (starring cult-film icon Mary Woronov), The Ghostmaker (starring Aaron Dean Eisenberg), Window Of Opportunity (with producing partner John Densmore, legendary rock-‘n’-roll drummer from The Doors), Dark Desire (featuring Kelly Lynch and Michael Nouri), Megachurch Murder (starring Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Corbin Bleu and Romeo Miller), and The Wretched (film) (featuring John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Kevin Bigley, and Azie Tesfai), which was number one at the U.S. box office for five weeks straight in 2020.
He line produced Boiler Maker (starring John Savage (actor)), and co-produced Laid to Rest (film) (featuring Lena Headey and Thomas Dekker (actor)). As a second unit director, Polgardy worked on Death’s Door, Laid to Rest (film), Dark House, The Ghostmaker and The Wretched (film).
- From the Darkness #1-4 (co-creator & writer with co-creator & artist Jim Balent, 4-issue limited series Malibu Graphics, 1990–1991)
- From the Darkness: Blood Vows #1-3 (co-creator & writer with co-creator & artist Jim Balent, 3-issue limited series, Cry For Dawn Productions, 1992-1993)
- Dark Dominion #1-8 (editor, comic book series with creator Jim Shooter, writer Len Wein, artist Joe James, penciler Charlie Adlard, artist Louis Small, Jr., and artist J.G. Jones, Defiant Comics, 1993-1994)
- The Good Guys #1-7 (editor & writer, comic book series with creator & writer Jim Shooter, writer Jan C. Childress, writer Janet Jackson, writer D. G. Chichester, penciler Grey, penciler Greg Boone, penciler Charlie Adlard, and penciler Alan Kupperberg, Defiant Comics, 1993-1994)
- Warriors of Plasm: Home for the Holidays #1 (editor, comic book one-shot with creator Jim Shooter, writer Len Wein, and penciler Dave Cockrum, Defiant Comics, 1993)
- The Great Grimmax #0 (editor & writer, comic book one-shot with creator & writer Jim Shooter and penciler Dave Cockrum, Defiant Comics, 1994)
- Mr. Hero #1-10 (editor, comic book series with creator Neil Gaiman, writer James Vance (comics), and penciler Ted Slampyak, Tekno Comix, 1995)
- Wheel of Worlds #0 (editor, comic book one-shot with creator Neil Gaiman, writer Rick Veitch, writer C. J. Henderson (writer), writer James Vance (comics), penciler Michael Netzer, penciler Bryan Talbot, penciler Ted Slampyak, penciler Shea Anton Pensa, and penciler Angus McKie, Tekno Comix, 1995)
- Teknophage #1-6 (editor, comic book series with creator Neil Gaiman, writer Rick Veitch, and penciler Bryan Talbot, Tekno Comix, 1995)
- Mulkon Empire #1-6 (editor, 6-issue limited series with creator John Jakes, writer Kate Worley, and penciler John Watkiss, Tekno Comix, 1995)
- Teknophage #7-10 (editor, comic book series with creator Neil Gaiman, writer Paul Jenkins (writer), and penciler Al Davison, Tekno Comix, 1996)
- Teknophage: Shadow Death #1-6 (editor, 6-issue limited series with creator Neil Gaiman, writer Bryan Talbot, and penciler David Pugh (comics), Tekno Comix, 1996)
- From Dusk Till Dawn #1 (writer, graphic novel movie adaptation, with screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, penciler Trevor Von Eeden, and penciler Fred Harper, Tekno Comix, 1996)
- Beach High #1 (editor, comic book one-shot with writer Christopher Golden and penciler Brad Gorby, Tekno Comix, 1997)
- Bela Lugosi’s Tales from the Grave #4 (writer of “The Monster” segment, with artist Rob Brown, Monsterverse, 2013)
- Today’s Environment (multiple episodes) (1996-1997) – Segment Producer
- Millennium (multiple episodes) (1996-1997) – Segment Producer
- The Best of Wine and Food (multiple episodes) (1996-1997) – Segment Producer
- Elegance with Ivana (1998) – Segment Producer, Director
- .COM (1998-2001) – Producer, Director
- .COM Kids (1999-2001) – Producer, Director
- Healthy Solutions (1998) – Segment Producer, Director
- Women in Charge (1998) – Segment Producer, Director
- First Priority (1998) – Segment Producer, Director
- Identity (2002) – Producer, Director
- Monsterama (2004) – Producer, Director
- Oh Jerome, No (8 episodes that aired on Fox’s FXX Channel) (2019) – Producer
- The Halfway House (2004) – Producer
- Boiler Maker (2008) – Line Producer
- Death's Door (2008) – 2nd Unit Director
- Laid to Rest (film) (2009) – Co-Producer & 2nd Unit Director (uncredited)
- Dark House (2008) – 2nd Unit Director
- Stiched (short film by comic book writer Garth Ennis) (2011) – Producer & VFX Supervisor
- The Ghostmaker (2012) – Producer & 2nd Unit Director
- Dark Desire (2012) – Producer
- Flutter (Short Film) (2013) – Producer
- Megachurch Murder (2015) – Producer
- Masked Mutilator (2019) (Shot in 1994, Released in 2019) – Co-Writer & Co-Executive Producer
- Window of Opportunity (2019) – Producer
- The Wretched (film) (2019) – Producer & 2nd Unit Director
- Trapped: The Alex Cooper Story (TV Movie) (2019) – Line Producer, Los Angeles
- , Ed Polgardy Comic Book Credits
- ,Mamoudou Athie's Emmy Nomination
- Coffel, Chris (2019-05-10). "[Interview] 'Masked Mutilator' Screenwriters Give Us a Peek Behind the Mask". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
- Rubin, Rebecca; Rubin, Rebecca (2020-05-29). "Here's How Low-Budget Horror Film 'The Wretched' Is Breaking Box Office Records". Variety. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
- Mendelson, Scott. "'The Wretched' Reaches Rare Box Office Milestone Shared By 'Black Panther' And 'Avatar'". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
- Bean, Travis. "'The Wretched' Has Forever Redefined How We Measure Box Office Success". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
- Jurgensen, John (2020-06-29). "Indie Movies Get a Chance to Star at Drive-Ins". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
- "What Happened to the Summer Movies? | The Saturday Evening Post". www.saturdayeveningpost.com. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
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