SAM HOFFMAN (Writer / Director / Producer)
Sam Hoffman is a producer, director and writer who has created content in film, television and on digital media.
He currently produces and periodically directs the hit CBS drama Madam Secretary, recently picked up for its fourth season. He is also developing, with producing partner Frances McDormand, an adaptation of Michael Pollan’s best-seller The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Hoffman created the web series Old Jews Telling Jokes, which has been viewed over 50 million times, released on DVD, and broadcast on the BBC. His book, based on the series, is now in its sixth printing and the off-Broadway play derived from the series currently tours throughout North America.
Feature films he has produced include Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, John Carney’s Begin Again and Richard Loncraine’s 5 Flights Up. Earlier in his career, Hoffman also assistant directed such acclaimed titles as: The Royal Tenenbaums, School of Rock, Donnie Brasco, Dead Man Walking and Groundhog Day.
Hoffman graduated with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York City with his wife Andrea Crane, a private art consultant and their two children.
COURTNEY POTTS & JAMIE GORDON, FUGITIVE FILMS (Producers)
Jamie Gordon and Courtney Potts founded Fugitive Films in 2005 after running the Development Department of GreeneStreet Films in New York City for six years. They have developed and worked on multiple award-winning feature films.
Fugitive is an Executive Producer on PBS’s award-winning multipart series, A Path Appears based on the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, which aired in early 2015. The series uncovers the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, as well as the effective solutions being implemented to combat them, and features celebrity advocates including Malin Akerman, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Garner, Mia and Ronan Farrow, Alfre Woodard and Ashley Judd. Previously, Fugitive executive produced PBS’s Emmy-winning documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide, which featured America Ferrara, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde.
Other projects include: the film River Town, based on the National Book Award finalist by Peter Hessler to be directed by Chinese director Lu Chuan; Yolonda Ross’ debut film, Scenes From Our Marriage, starring Ross (“Treme”, Stranger Inside) and Clarke Peters (“The Wire”); a television series with TriStar TV based on the acclaimed book series, “Griffin and Sabine” by Nick Bantock and another television series called “GRLZ Radio,” in partnership with Jane Startz Productions (“Ella Enchanted”).
Fugitive produced Will Frears’ directorial debut, Coach, starring Hugh Dancy, Ben Walker and Gillian Jacobs and the comedy Wedding Daze, starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher and written and directed by Michael Ian Black. The latter premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was acquired by MGM. While at GreeneStreet Films, Gordon and Potts developed the five-time Oscar®-nominated In the Bedroom (Miramax) and produced both the critically acclaimed, award-winning Pinero (Miramax) and the box-office hit Swimfan (Fox). Gordon also co-produced A Love Song for Bobby Long, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Scarlett Johansson.