Taggart Productions

Company Overview

Founded in 2010 by Michael Nardelli, Taggart Productions is a full-service entertainment company devoted to the creation of groundbreaking full-length commercial feature films, graphic novels, television series and web content.

The company’s focus is to develop, produce and finance a diverse slate of responsibly budgeted, character-driven genre and niche films. Taggart successfully attracts top talent and material by providing filmmakers a supportive and collaborative environment that inspires innovation.

Taggart’s first theatrically released co-production, Another Happy Day, premiered at Sundance 2011, where it took home the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Written and directed by Sam Levinson, the drama features a stellar ensemble cast including Demi Moore, Thomas Hayden Church, Kate Bosworth, Ellen Burstyn, George Kennedy and Ezra Miller.  Most recent production was the romantic comedy The Giant Mechanical Man, starring Jenna Fischer, Malin Akerman, Topher Grace and debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in the Spotlight section and was released by Tribeca Films in the spring of 2012.

Upcoming projects now in development include The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League, a true-crime tale based on a popular Rolling Stone article. Amanda Seyfried is attached to star in the film, which will be produced by Michael Nardelli and McG (Charlie’s Angels, Terminator: Salvation).

Taggart is also involved in producing and publishing comic books, graphic novels, conceptual art and graphic art. These activities are spearheaded by Vice-President and Art Director Tim Nardelli, who has been with Taggart since 2010. Tim Nardelli’s latest project is the original graphic novel The Adoption, slated for publication in 2014.

Executive Team


Founder and Chief Creative Officer

Producer Michael Nardelli brings to his role of Chairman and CEO a multitude of strong talent relationships forged as a working actor in Los Angeles.

Nardelli recently teamed with director and producer McG (Charlie’s AngelsTerminator: Salvation) to develop true-crime tale The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League for actress Amanda Seyfried (Mamma MiaDear JohnMean Girls). Based on a popular Rolling Stone article, the material will be adapted by up-and-coming writers Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair. Shafer and Vicknair were Nicholl Fellowship finalists in 2010 and creators of the comedy “Girlfriend Season,” recently sold to CBS. Nardelli will produce alongside McG.

Nardelli is also an active producer of web shorts. Most recently, he co-wrote, produced and directed the short film Lady in Red, which was featured on the popular comedy site Funny or Die.

In association with Jenna Fischer, Brent Stiefel and Nardelli recently produced the feature project The Giant Mechanical Man. Directed by first-time writer and director Lee Kirk, this quirky romantic comedy stars Fischer, Chris Messina, Topher Grace, Malin Akerman, Lucy Punch and Bob Odenkirk. After being accepted into the Spotlight section of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival,The Giant Mechanical Man was released by Tribeca Films in April 2012.

In the fall of 2010 Nardelli completed post-production on Another Happy Day, Taggart Productions’ first feature film. Written and directed by Sam Levinson, the drama featured a stellar ensemble cast and won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Another Happy Day was acquired by Phase4 Films and released in November of 2011.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio.  Nardelli grew up in Albany, New York, and spent his senior year of high school in Atlanta. He knew at an early age that he wanted to carve out a career in the entertainment industry. By age five he was acting in school plays and it wasn’t long before he was writing, directing and producing his own short films.

Nardelli’s love for entertainment eventually took him to Los Angeles, where he enrolled in the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts and received his bachelor’s degree in film and theater. He also studied improve and sketch comedy with the famed comedy troupe The Groundlings, which has served as a training ground for numerous “Saturday Night Live” stars including Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig.


Vice President and Art Director

Award-winning visual artist Tim Nardelli is Vice President and Art Director at Taggart Productions. He is currently working on the original graphic novel The Adoption, which is slated for publication in 2014.

Nardelli was an executive producer on the romantic comedy The Giant Mechanical Man, released by Tribeca Films in April 2012. Directed by first-time writer and director Lee Kirk, this quirky romantic comedy features an ensemble cast led by Jenna Fisher, Chris Messina, Malin Ackerman, Lucy Punch and Bob Odenkirk. It premiered in the Spotlight section at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.

His first project for Taggart was the comedic short Lady in Red, on which he served as executive producer. The film was launched in 2011 on Funny or Die, the industry-leading comedy video site founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

Nardelli also oversees all art direction for Taggart Productions. He developed and maintains the company website, contributes conceptual art for each new project and recently oversaw the completion of the company’s animated logo.

Passionate about drawing and painting since an early age, Nardelli quickly developed prodigious technical skills and an artistic style increasingly influenced by movies. In high school, his love for art blossomed into an interest in filmmaking and eventually led him to discover the world of comic books and graphic novels, which combined the storytelling of cinema with his talent for visual art.

With the advent of digital painting, Nardelli found a perfect media to express his creativity. His work in this new form of technology was honored with the 2003 Golden Key, a prestigious award bestowed by Scholastic, the publishers of the Harry Potter book series. Nardelli accepted his award at the Kennedy Center in a ceremony hosted by Hillary Clinton and Whoopi Goldberg.

In 2005 Nardelli enrolled at the Savannah College of Art and Design, one of the top five art colleges in the U.S., and earned a B.F.A. in sequential art. While a student at Savannah, he spent studying everything from traditional fine art and painting to digital media. To understand the role of comic books in different cultures, Nardelli studied abroad in Japan and France. His college artwork was exhibited in both Lacoste and Savannah and one piece remains in the Savannah College of Art and Design’s permanent collection.

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