Zak Tucker is the Co-Founder and CEO of HARBOR, a top-tier, global production and post-production studio serving the feature film, episodic, and advertising industries. For more than twenty years, he has been strategically disrupting to create the first end-to-end, cross genre, independent production studio of its kind.
Starting his career as an editor for commercials and documentaries, Zak soon progressed to directing. He launched Swete Post in 2000, which he grew successfully until the 2012 launch of HARBOR in Soho, NY. By 2018, Zak had built HARBOR from a staff of four and a footprint of 400 square feet, offering just two services, into a staff of one hundred and a campus of 70,000 square feet, offering the full range of production and post-production services. Zak’s skill, insight, business acumen, and holistic understanding of the creative community, have helped establish HARBOR’s reputation for delivering award-winning talent, service excellence, and technical innovation in a collaborative culture, as well as improving its financial performance year after year.
Notable feature and episodic post-production projects include, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, directed by Quentin Tarantino for Sony Entertainment, The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorcese for Netflix, Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard for Lucasfilm, Ocean’s 8, directed by Gary Ross for Warner Bros., Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve for Paramount, Billions, created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin for Showtime, and Sweetbitter, executive produced by Stuart Zicherman for Starz. HARBOR’s advertising brand clients include American Express, Nike, Adidas, Swarovski, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Dior, Versace, Estee Lauder, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Tide, Mercedes, Toyota, Walmart, Citibank, Eliquis, Humira, Sanofi, Bounty, Olay, Crest, and Cascade.
Zak recently oversaw the acquisition of HARBOR by the global media holding company, Publicis Groupe, headquartered in Paris, France. By joining forces with Publicis, Zak has strategically positioned HARBOR at the approaching nexus between entertainment and advertising, allowing HARBOR to serve each genre independently as well as cross-genre productions. HARBOR’s portfolio and reach have expanded significantly with new footprints and key hires in Los Angeles and London, establishing a modern and cohesive global service offering to its clients.