Craig Hatkoff

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Craig Mitchell Hatkoff
Craig Hatkoff at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Hatkoff at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Born (1954-03-19) March 19, 1954 (age 63)
Education The Albany Academy
Alma mater Colgate University
Columbia University.
Spouse Jane Rosenthal
Children 2
Relatives Alan Patricof (brother in law)
Jamie Patricof (nephew)
Jon Patricof (nephew)

Craig M. Hatkoff (born March 19, 1954) is an American real estate investor and philanthropist from New York City. Along with wife Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro, he co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute in 2002.[1] The three founders were recipients of the inaugural September 11 National Museum and Memorial Foundation "Notes of Hope Award" for Distinction in Rebuilding in September 2008.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Hatkoff was born to a Jewish family[3][4] in upstate New York, the son of Doris (née Wildove) and Leon Hatkoff.[5] His father owned Duane’s Toyland one of the first discount toy stores with two locations in Albany and Schenectady.[6][7][8] He is a 1972 graduate of The Albany Academy, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University[citation needed]. He received an MBA from Columbia University.[9] He has two sisters.[5] His sister Susan is married to investor Alan Patricof.[10]

Hatkoff and Jane Rosenthal at a Vanity Fair party.


Craig Hatkoff has authored multiple best-selling children's books with his young daughters including the #1 New York Times best-selling[citation needed] Owen & Mzee: The True Story Of A Remarkable Friendship which describes the friendship between a tortoise and an orphaned hippopotamus in Kenya after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.[11] Other works include Good-Bye, Tonsils (2001),[12] Knut: How one little polar bear captivated the world (2007)[13] about the polar bear cub Knut from the Berlin Zoo and "Looking for Miza" and "Cecil's Pride". "Looking for Miza" and "Cecil's Pride" both were written together with his daughters. Winter's Tail, (Scholastic Books, 2007, ISBN 978-0-545-12335-8) is about the disabled dolphin Winter.[14] The Hatkoff's series of children's books have won numerous prestigious awards including the American Book Association Book of the Year and the Christophers Award.[15][16] Owen and Mzee has been published in 17 languages including Swahili, Braille, Arabic and Hebrew.

One of Turtle Pond Publications significant investments is in Fillpoint LLC[17] a leading videogame e-commerce direct-to-consumer distribution and fulfillment provider for the nation's leading retailers.[18] In February 2009, Fillpoint acquired the much larger videogame distribution and publishing operations, SVG Distribution and Crave Entertainment, of the Handleman Company that focus on the value sector with a national in-store distribution platform.[19] The transaction established Fillpoint as a potent videogame distributor with both on-line and in-store capabilities.

Tribeca Film Festival[edit]

The Tribeca Film Festival is a film festival founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff in a response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the consequent loss of vitality in the TriBeCa neighborhood in Lower Manhattan. In 2010, The Tribeca Film Festival introduced the Disruptive Innovation Awards. The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards celebrates those whose ideas have broken the mold to create significant impact on the future of our world. The award recipients touch the world of business, technology, arts, entertainment and beyond.[20]

Other endeavors[edit]

Hatkoff is Chairman of Turtle Pond Publications which owns or invests in a number of new media, entertainment and publishing ventures.[21] Hatkoff is the co-founder of Capital Trust and served on the board of Directors.[22] He also serves on the Boards of the Taubman Centers Inc., Wildlife Direct, the NYU Child Study Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sesame Workshop and The Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation.[23][24][25][26]

Personal life[edit]

In 1995, Hatkoff married Jane Rosenthal; they have two daughters.[27][28] In 2014, Rosenthal and Hatkoff announced their divorce after 19 years of marriage.[29]


  1. ^ "2011 Tribeca Film Festival Staff". Tribeca Film Festival. Archived from the original on 24 December 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tribeca Films Founder Jane Rosenthal to Speak at Washington College Commencement May 20". Washington College. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Congregation Rodeph Sholom Fall Shabbaton: "Digital Empowerment, Spiritual Innovation and Judaism: The Next 3,500 Years With Rabbi Irwin Kula and Craig Hatkoff"[permanent dead link] retrieved June 25, 2013
  4. ^ The Observer: "Galileo! Galileo!" by Alexandra Wolfe, Anna Jane Grossman, and Elon R. Green December 15, 2013
  5. ^ a b New York Times: "Hatkoff, Doris Wildove" March 18, 2007
  6. ^ Fast Company Magazine: "From Arrogance And Failure To Helping Create The Tribeca Film Festival" By Craig Hatkoff, as told to Abby Ellin May 29, 2014
  7. ^ The Daily Gazette: "Before big box stores, Duane's Toyland was king" by Jeff Wilkin December 16, 2015
  8. ^ Times Union: "Producer rekindles 'Toyland' memories - Movieman behind "Pines" visits with his family who ran well-known stores" by Paul Grondahl September 28, 2011
  9. ^ Craig Hatkoff, Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival
  10. ^ New York Magazine: "Jane of All Trades" by Meryl Gordon retrieved June 25, 2013
  11. ^ "Finding 'Teachable Moments' In Animal Tales". All Things Considered. NPR. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Suggested Resources for Children and Parents". North Shore LIJ. 
  13. ^ "Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World". Scholastic. 
  14. ^ Lodge, Sally (17 December 2009). "Scholastic's 'Winter's Tail' Makes Waves". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Award Winners to Be Feted in Brooklyn". American Booksellers Association. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Christophers Honor Award Winners on April 10". PRNewswire. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "About Us". 
  18. ^ "Company Overview of Fillpoint, LLC". BusinessWeek. 
  19. ^ "Fillpoint Announces Acquisition of Handleman's SVG Distribution and Crave Entertainment Group". Archived from the original on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  20. ^ "Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards". 
  21. ^ "About Us". Turtle Pond Publications. 
  22. ^ "History & Background". Capital Trust, Inc. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "Taubman Investing: Corporate Governance Directors, Committees, and Charters". The Taubman Company LLC. Archived from the original on 2 November 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "Annual Report 2009" (PDF). The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-14. 
  25. ^ "Who We Are". Sesame Workshop. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  26. ^ "Craig Hatkoff Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival". Borough of Manhattan Community College. 
  27. ^ New York Daily news: "Tribeca Film Festival co-founders divorcing" By Emily Smith January 19, 2014
  28. ^ The Real Deal: "And … cut! Tribeca Film Festival founders drop Dakota co-op ask to $29M" May 04, 2017 |"Film producer Jane Rosenthal and her ex-husband real estate investor Craig Hatkoff, have slashed the asking price of their Dakota apartment by $10 million"
  29. ^ Gould Keil, Jennifer (May 4, 2017). "Tribeca Film Fest founders slash price on Dakota pad by $10M". New York Daily News. 

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