During his 30-year career Samples has built a unique left brain/right brain resume, seamlessly segueing between the executive suite and scripted production multiple times.
He has worked with, and for, some of the largest entertainment companies in the world; and twice founded start-up companies that were acquired by larger entities.
He was Executive VP of Domestic Televisions Distribution at Warner Bros.; and has directed more than 125 episodes of network television.
He has produced more than a dozen theatrically released feature films; and consulted for some of the most well-know names in entertainment regarding the distribution and valuation of intellectual property rights.
He has been involved first-hand with more than $3.5 billion in worldwide scripted entertainment sales; and served as an expert witness in major litigation.
He has hired and supervised a staff of more than 150 employees; and worked as an independent consultant with a staff of the nearest Staples.
As a producer, he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture (Election); and as a director, he has twice been DGC nominated for comedy.