Ed Polgardy has been an Emmy-award-winning television producer-director, a successful feature film writer-producer-director, and an acclaimed comic book creator-writer-editor since the early 1980's. Polgardy co-created the internationally acclaimed hit comic book series FROM THE DARKNESS and FROM THE DARKNESS: BLOOD VOWS, and wrote the graphic novel adaptation of Quentin Tarantino's FROM DUSK 'TIL DAWN.
As Senior Editor at Jim Shooter's Defiant Comics, he developed, co-wrote, and edited several hit titles, including THE GOOD GUYS 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 television work includes producing and directing TODAY’S ENVIRONMENT, starring Ed Begley, Jr., MILLENNIUM, hosted by Peter Weller, and THE BEST OF WINE AND FOOD, featuring George Hamilton. He also produced and directed .COM and .COM KIDS, starring Mark Hamill, ELEGANCE WITH IVANA, featuring Ivana Trump, WOMEN IN CHARGE, with Nancy Glass, FIRST PRIORITY, hosted by Hunter Tylo, HEALTHY SOLUTIONS, starring Mariette Hartley, and MONSTERAMA, featuring Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson. In 2002, Polgardy helped create Price/Parker, a television production company where he developed, produced, and directed IDENTITY, which aired on The Learning Channel. Polgardy’s TV work has garnered him numerous accolades, including multiple gold and platinum Telly and Aurora awards, but he is most proud of the Emmy he won for producing and directing a half-hour television special for the IRS in 2001.
As a screenwriter, Polgardy has had a number of his feature-film scripts optioned for production, including SKINS at Smart Egg Pictures, HAMMERLOCK at Films Around the World, and SENIORS at CRC Entertainment. Polgardy produced the motion pictures THE HALFWAY HOUSE (starring cult-film icon Mary Woronov), DARK DREAMS (featuring CABIN FEVER's James DeBello), and THE GHOSTMAKER (starring Aaron Dean Eisenberg), which was released domestically by Lionsgate and will be distributed theatrically, via Spotlight Pictures, in Germany, France, Italy, and other foreign markets. The updated trailer for "The Ghostmaker" is located at:
Some of Polgardy’s other productions include BOILER MAKER (featuring THE DEER HUNTER's John Savage and RESCUE ME's Jack McGee), and LAID TO REST (featuring Lena Headey and Thomas Dekker from TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES).
WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY, an indie feature Mr. Polgardy produced in early 2012 with John Densmore (legendary rock-'n'-roll drummer from The Doors) is being prepared for a film festival run, and his current production, DARK DESIRE, starring Kelly Lynch and Michael Nouri, is finished and airing on LMN (Lifetime Movie Network).