Craig Hatkoff

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Craig Mitchell Hatkoff
Hatkoff at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Hatkoff at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
Born (1954-03-19) March 19, 1954 (age 65)
EducationThe Albany Academy
Alma materColgate University
Columbia University.
SpouseJane Rosenthal (1994-2014)
RelativesSusan (sister)

Craig M. Hatkoff (born March 19, 1954) is an American real estate investor and philanthropist from New York City. Along with his wife Jane Rosenthal, and Robert De Niro, he co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute in 2002.[1] The three were recipients of the inaugural September 11 National Museum and Memorial Foundation "Notes of Hope Award" for Distinction in Rebuilding in September 2008.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Hatkoff was born to a Jewish family[4][5] in upstate New York, the son of Doris (née Wildove) and Leon Hatkoff.[6] He is a 1972 graduate of The Albany Academy, and graduated from Colgate University[citation needed]. He received an MBA from Columbia University.[7] He has two sisters[6] His sister Susan is married to investor Alan Patricof.[8]


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.[9] Other works include Good-Bye, Tonsils (2001),[10] Knut: How one little polar bear captivated the world (2007)[11] 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.[12] 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.[13][14] Owen and Mzee has been published in 17 languages including Swahili, Braille, Arabic and Hebrew.

One of Turtle Pond Publications significant investments is Fillpoint LLC[15] a videogame e-commerce direct-to-consumer distribution and fulfillment provider.[16] In February 2009, Fillpoint acquired from the Handleman Company the much larger videogame distribution and publishing operations SVG Distribution and Crave Entertainment, that focus on in-store distribution platform.[17]

Tribeca Film Festival[edit]

In 2002, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival 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. .[18]

Other endeavors[edit]

Hatkoff is Chairman of Turtle Pond Publications which owns or invests in a number of new media, entertainment and publishing ventures.[19] Hatkoff is the co-founder of Capital Trust and served on the board of Directors.[20]

Personal life[edit]

In 1995, Hatkoff married Jane Rosenthal; they have two daughters.[21][22] In 2014, Rosenthal and Hatkoff announced their divorce after 19 years of marriage.[23]


  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. ^ cite web|title=Sept. 11th National Museum Notes of Hope Award|archiveurl=[1]
  4. ^ Congregation Rodeph Sholom Fall Shabbaton: "Digital Empowerment, Spiritual Innovation and Judaism: The Next 3,500 Years With Rabbi Irwin Kula and Craig Hatkoff" retrieved June 25, 2013
  5. ^ The Observer: "Galileo! Galileo!" by Alexandra Wolfe, Anna Jane Grossman, and Elon R. Green December 15, 2013
  6. ^ a b New York Times: "Hatkoff, Doris Wildove" March 18, 2007
  7. ^ Craig Hatkoff, Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival
  8. ^ New York Magazine: "Jane of All Trades" by Meryl Gordon retrieved June 25, 2013
  9. ^ "Finding 'Teachable Moments' In Animal Tales". All Things Considered. NPR. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Suggested Resources for Children and Parents". North Shore LIJ.
  11. ^ "Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World". Scholastic.
  12. ^ Lodge, Sally (17 December 2009). "Scholastic's 'Winter's Tail' Makes Waves". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
  13. ^ "Award Winners to Be Feted in Brooklyn". American Booksellers Association. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  14. ^ "The Christophers Honor Award Winners on April 10". PRNewswire. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  15. ^ "About Us".
  16. ^ "Company Overview of Fillpoint, LLC". BusinessWeek.
  17. ^ "Fillpoint Announces Acquisition of Handleman's SVG Distribution and Crave Entertainment Group". Archived from the original on 27 July 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  18. ^ "Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards". Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  19. ^ "About Us". Turtle Pond Publications.
  20. ^ "History & Background". Capital Trust, Inc. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  21. ^ New York Daily news: "Tribeca Film Festival co-founders divorcing" By Emily Smith January 19, 2014
  22. ^ 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"
  23. ^ 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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