Sam is an award winning self-shooting TV Producer / Director who’s originated and worked on a wide range of factual, current affairs and character driven observational documentaries.
Sam began his career working for an emergency medical team during the civil war in Southern Sudan but soon started writing for the Guardian newspaper and then began reporting for BBC radio. He now works freelance solely within Television.
Sam was one of the embedded producer / cameramen for the second series of Channel Four’s primetime show ‘Bear Grylls, The Island’ – a physically and mentally demanding 40 day and night marathon, surviving on an isolated tropical desert island with nothing more than our cameras and the clothes on our backs.
Through out 2014 Sam worked on the frontline as a producer / director / cameraman in Iraq and Ukraine and was nominated for a Grierson award and Prix Europa for the best current affairs documentary.
He initiated the idea and provided much of the content for the BBC’s ‘Our War’ series that won a BAFTA for Best Factual TV Series.
Most recently he’s produced and directed a 60-minute travel documentary with Chris Tarrant in Canada. He’s worked on documentaries with Louis Theroux, shot & directed Discovery’s lead show ‘Gold Rush’ in Guyana and he’s filmed and produced a couple of Channel Fours critically acclaimed foreign affairs series, ‘Unreported World’ in China and Guatemala.
Alongside his producer and without a commission in place he’s also the only person to have tracked down, filmed and interviewed Joseph Kony, the leader of the notorious child army the LRA – who in 23 years had never given an interview and remains one of Africa’s most wanted.
He’s worked from pitch to broadcast and is known for initiating strong stories, securing access and shooting and developing clear engaging and evocative narratives, often in remote or hostile environments.
He’s creative, upbeat and is experienced with a range of ‘full’ HD cameras. He holds an up to date conflict and hostile environment training and US journalism I Visa.