Sam migrated from Texas to New York by way of Iowa where he picked up a degree in unemployment (A.K.A. Theatre) at Grinnell College. He initially worked production on independent films, but hunger pangs and a near stint with scurvy drove him to work on larger studio films. Sam soon divided his time between Assistant Directing independent films and working Locations on studio films for directors like Sydney Lumet and James L. Brooks. He produced Love Thy Neighbor, featuring Roy Scheider and Scott Wolf, while finishing his law degree at Cardozo School of Law. He was an associate producer on Sorry, Haters, starring Robin Wright Penn, and Corn, starring Jena Malone. In the world of television Sam has produced and/or consulted for numerous domestic and international networks, including: ABC, MTV-Networks, Court TV, TNT-Russia, and Warner Brothers Television’s Telepictures. He was the lead US producer for 75 episodes of Russia’s top rated prime-time series Golod for TNT. Sam’s legal studies focus on intellectual property, free-expression rights, and international human rights. Sam has lectured at the Dallas Bar Association’s Sports and Entertainment Law Section and taught acting for the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Sam Lobel won the Script Development award at The Tribeca Film Festival in 2009 for They’re Playing Basketball?