Hanson family moved to Canada when he was a child. Hart graduated from University College, University of Toronto, with degrees in Political Theory and English and received his Master degrees in Political Theory and English and received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. He taught as an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia.
Prior to creating Bones and The Finder, Hart was Executive Producer of the Emmy nominated CBS tv series Judging Amy followed by Joan of Arcadia which won the HUMANITAS, Peoples's Choice Award, and the AFI Program of the Year Award. Hart was Co-Excecutive Producer of the ABC series Cupid and Snoops.
Hart has worked under a longtime overall deal with 20th Century Fox. Before moving to the United States a decade ago, Hart wrote and produced a number of indigenous Canadian series including Beachcombers, North of 60, The Odyssey, Ready or Not, The Road to Avonlea, Cold Squad, Stargate, The Outer Limits, garnering several Gemini nominations and four wins along the way. Hart won the Writers Guild of Canada Award for best writing in a television series for Traders and then executive produced the multi-award winning seasons Two through Four. Pilots written for 20th Century Fox include: Palm City, Expert Witness, Zuma, Buzz, and Pleading Guilty.
He wrote The Driver, a novel released by Dutton on August 8, 2017, and named by The New York Times as one of the best crime novels of 2017.
In 2019, Hanson joined a host of other writers in firing their agents as part of the WGA's stand against the ATA and the unfair practice of packaging.
He considers himself a lapsed Catholic. He lives with his wife Brigitte and two sons in Malibu.
- Harbingers in the Fountain
- The Parts in the Sum of the Whole
- The Beginning in the End (with Stephen Nathan)
- An Orphan Walks Into a Bar
- The Boy with the Bucket