Samuelson was born in London, England, and has a master's degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge. Samuelson also served on the initial three-person advisory board for Jeff Skoll's Participant Productions. He was the first managing director of the Media Institute for Social Change (MISC) at the University of Southern California.
Samuelson has a career in the film industry that started in the early 1970s.
Producer and executive producer
- Foster Boy (2019) (Producer)
- Man in the Chair (2006) (Executive Producer)
- The Last Time (2006) (Producer)
- Stormbreaker (2006) (Producer)
- aka Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (USA)
- Things To Do Before You're 30 (2006) (Producer)
- Chromophobia (2005) (Executive Producer)
- Need (2005) (Producer)
- The Libertine (2004) (Executive Producer)
- The Pact (2002) (TV) (Executive Producer)
- The Gathering (2002) (Producer)
- Gabriel & Me (2001) (Producer)
- Guest House Paradiso (1999) (Executive Producer)
- Arlington Road (1999) (Producer)
- The Commissioner (1998) (Co-Producer)
- aka Der Commissioner – Im Zentrum der Macht (Germany)
- This Is The Sea (1997) (Executive Producer)
- Wilde (1997) (Producer)
- aka Oscar Wilde (Germany)
- Dog's Best Friend (1997) (TV) (Executive Producer)
- Tom & Viv (1994) (Producer)
- Playmaker (1994) (Producer)
- aka Private Teacher (Philippines)
- Turk 182! (1985) (Executive Producer)
- Revenge of the Nerds (1984) (Producer)
- A Man, a Woman, and a Bank (1979) (Producer)
- Shoot the Sun Down (1981) (Associate Producer & Production Manager)
- High Velocity (1976) (Production Manager)
- The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) (Production Manager & uncredited acting part of the Clothing thief)
- One by One (1975) (Production Manager)
- aka Quick and the Dead (USA)
- Le Mans (1971) (Assistant Production Manager)
In 1982 Samuelson and his cousin, actress Emma Samms, were inspired by a boy battling an inoperable brain tumor, and started the Los Angeles based non-profit organization Starlight Children's Foundation which brings entertainment and technology to children in hospitals.
In 1990, Samuelson brought together leaders including Steven Spielberg and General Norman Schwarzkopf to create the STARBRIGHT Foundation, a charity dedicated to developing media and technology-based programs to educate and empower children to cope with the medical, emotional and social challenges of their illnesses. Five years later, they launched the interactive social network Starbright World that helps seriously ill children meet and develop relationships with peers through video, sound, text, and avatar based communication.
In 2004, Starlight and STARBRIGHT completed a formal merger and became the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, where Samuelson served for 7 years as the international chairman of the organization.
In 2014, Samuelson founded ASPIRE, the Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment, a national 501(c)(3) charity that teaches media for social change to undergraduate and graduate students across the university, regardless of their Major. ASPIRE’s new kind of digital literacy was first piloted at UCLA.
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