Sam Davis (producer)

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Sam Davis (born 1964 in New York City, New York) is a German-American film producer. He is the founder of Cologne, Germany-based production company Rowboat Film- und Fernsehproduktion, and lives and works in Cologne.

Life[edit]

Sam Davis is a graduate of the University of Southern California and studied German at UCLA. After working at 20th Century Fox, he founded his own company Insight Out Films. In 1992, Sam moved to Frankfurt (Germany), where he wrote and directed the documentary ”Warum wir hier sind“ (“Why we´re here”) for the BBC and WDR. From 1993 until 1998, Sam was head of the TV Movie Department at RTL Television in Cologne. During this time, he was responsible for the development and production of approximately 100 TV movies and miniseries. He introduced Germany to the made-for-TV movie.[1]

In 1998, Sam Davis became a partner and Co-CEO of Cologne-based production company Zeitsprung.[2] While holding this position he produced event productions, TV movies and series.

From 2004 until 2009, Sam took charge of the German Fiction department of Endemol Germany where he was responsible for TV movie and series productions such as "Liebe ohne Rückfahrschein", "Mr. Nanny - Ein Mann für Mama" and the two-part "London, Liebe, Taubenschlag".

In January 2010, Sam Davis co-founded and became CEO of Rowboat Film- und Fernsehproduktion.[3][4] Rowboat´s first TV movie A Day for a Miracle premiered at the Hamburg Film Festival in 2011. It was broadcast January 18, 2012 on ORF and, with over one million viewers, the highest rated film of the year. On March 5, 2012 A Day for a Miracle was also successfully broadcast on ZDF with 5.8 million viewers. In 2012 Sam won the ROMY prize in Austria for Best Producer for A Day for a Miracle. The movie was also nominated in the following categories: Best Screenplay (won), Best Movie, Best Actor, and Best Actress.[5] At the International Emmy Award 2013 A Day for a Miracle won in the category TV Movie/Mini-Series.[6][7] Since then Sam Davis has produced successful series such as Murder by the Lake and Professor T.[8][9]

In 2017, Sam Davis was the moderator of the Nominee Panel for Best Performance by an Actor an Best Performance by an Actress in the context of the International Emmy Award ceremony.[10] In the last few years he visited The International Emmy World Television Festival as a delegate of the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW.[11]

Sam Davis is married and has four children.

Awards and Nominations[edit]

  • 2012: ROMY, Best TV Producer for A Day for a Miracle[12] At the International Emmy Award 2013 A Day for a Miracle won in the category TV Movie/Mini-Series.[13]
  • 2013: International Emmy Award, Best TV Movie/Miniseries for A Day for a Miracle[14]
  • 2014: Hamburg Producers Award, Nominated for Best German Television Film for The cold Truth[15]
  • 2015: Hamburg Producers Award, Nominated for Best German Television Film for Trust me[16]

Filmography[edit]

  • 1993: Tödliche Lüge
  • 1993: Das Schicksal der Lilian H.
  • 1994: Eine Mutter kämpft um ihren Sohn
  • 1994: Weihnachten mit Willy Wuff
  • 1994: Tag der Abrechnung – Der Amokläufer von Euskirchen
  • 1994: Mein Kind soll leben
  • 1994: Das ist dein Ende
  • 1994: Blut an der Wiege
  • 1995: Tödliches Leben
  • 1995: Der Räuber mit der sanften Hand
  • 1995: Mörderische Zwillinge
  • 1995: Mit verbundenen Augen
  • 1995: Anwalt Martin Berg – Im Auftrag der Gerechtigkeit: Mord im Klinikum
  • 1995: Alle lieben Willy Wuff
  • 1996: Die Flughafenklinik
  • 1996: Zwei Leben hat die Liebe
  • 1996: Der Venusmörder
  • 1996: Die Stimme des Mörders
  • 1996: Ein sauberer Mord: Tod in der Reinigungsfirma
  • 1996: Der Parkhausmörder
  • 1996: Der Kindermord
  • 1996: Du bist nicht allein – Die Roy Black Story
  • 1996: Adrenalin
  • 1996: 5 Stunden Angst – Geiselnahme im Kindergarten
  • 1997: Frucht der Gewalt
  • 1997: Sexy Lissy
  • 1997: Das verflixte Babyjahr – Nie wieder Sex?
  • 1997: Der Todesbus
  • 1997: Tod eines Lehrers – Eine Schule unter Verdacht
  • 1997: Thalia – Königin der Liebe
  • 1997: Sünde einer Nacht
  • 1997: Nina – vom Kinderzimmer in Bordell
  • 1997: Mörderischer wohnen – Der Tod des letzten Mieters
  • 1997: Die Lüge in deinen Augen
  • 1997: Kalte Küsse
  • 1997: Geisterstunde – Fahrstuhl ins Jenseits
  • 1997: Die Friseuse und der Millionär
  • 1997: Ferkel Fritz
  • 1997: Blutige Scheidung
  • 1997: Der stille Herr Genardy
  • 1997: Die Mädchenfalle – Der Tod kommt online
  • 1997: Sieben Feuer des Todes – Code Red
  • 1998: Vickys Albtraum
  • 1998: Silvias Bauch – Zwei Männer und (k)ein Baby
  • 1998: Sieben Tage bis zum Glück
  • 1998: Meine Frau liebt zwei
  • 1998: Florian – Liebe aus ganzem Herzen
  • 1998: Liebe mich bis in den Tod
  • 1998: Höllische Nachbarn
  • 1998: Herzbeben – Die Nacht, die alles änderte
  • 1998: Die heilige Hure
  • 1998: Gigolo – Bei Anruf Liebe
  • 1998: Du hast mir meine Familie geraubt
  • 1998: Das Callgirl
  • 1998: Das Biest im Bodensee
  • 1998: Zerschmetterte Träume – Eine Liebe in Fesseln
  • 1998: Das Miststück
  • 1998: Florian – Liebe aus ganzem Herzen
  • 1999: Die Singlefalle – Liebesspiele bis in den Tod
  • 1999: Paul und Clara – Liebe vergeht nie
  • 2000: Liebe pur
  • 2000: Anna H. – Geliebte, Ehefrau und Hure
  • 2000: Laila – Unsterblich verliebt
  • 2001: Mircomania
  • 2001: Todeslust
  • 2001: Die Frau, die Freundin und der Vergewaltiger
  • 2001: Victor – Der Schutzengel
  • 2001: Pest – Die Rückkehr
  • 2001: Die heimlichen Blicke des Mörders
  • 2001: Kleiner Mann sucht großes Herz
  • 2002: Zwei Affären und eine Hochzeit
  • 2002: Flitterwochen im Treppenhaus
  • 2002: Traumprinz in Farbe
  • 2003: Das Wunder von Lengede

Publications[edit]

In 2000, Sam Davis book Quotenfieber - Das Geheimnis erfolgreicher TV-Movies was published.[39] In this book, he writes about the German television broadcasting business, how fictional TV-movies are made, what functions they have and the importance of ratings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Time Magazine: Foreign Chick Flicks", accessed November 16, 2017
  2. ^ "Horizont: RTL-TV Movie-Chef Sam Davis wechselt zu Kölner Produktionsgesellschaft Zeitsprung", accessed on October 24, 2017
  3. ^ "Sam Davis und Beta Film gründen Produktionsfirma", accessed on October 24, 2017
  4. ^ "Unitel: Beta Film and Sam Davis in one boat", accessed November 16, 2017
  5. ^ "Romyverleihung 2012", accessed on October 24, 2017
  6. ^ "Winner International Emmy Award 2013", accessed on October 24, 2017
  7. ^ "DWDL: Das größte Risiko ist, kein Risiko einzugehen", accessed on November 16, 2017
  8. ^ "DWDL: Matthias Matschke ist 'Professor T': Wie tickt der denn?", accessed on October 24, 2017
  9. ^ "Blickpunkt Film: Sam Davis produziert neue ZDF-Krimiserie", accessed on November 16, 2017
  10. ^ "International Emmy Awards 2017: Festival Programm, accessed on November 16, 2017
  11. ^ "NRW at the 2017 International Emmys", accessed on November 16, 2017
  12. ^ "Romyverleihung 2012", accessed on October 24, 2017
  13. ^ "Winner International Emmy Award 2013", accessed on October 24, 2017
  14. ^ "Winner International Emmy Award 2013", accessed on October 24, 2017
  15. ^ "Presseportal: Das ZDF mit 13 Produktionen auf dem Filmfest Hamburg", accessed on November 16, 2017
  16. ^ "ZDF Presseportal: Das ZDF auf dem Filmfest Hamburg", accessed on November 16, 2017
  17. ^ "A Day for a Miracle" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on November 4, 2013
  18. ^ "Summer in Alsace" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on November 4, 2013
  19. ^ "The End of Lies" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on November 4, 2013
  20. ^ "Summer in Portugal" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on November 4, 2013
  21. ^ "On the Road with Elsa" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on November 4, 2013
  22. ^ "The Homecoming" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on November 4, 2013
  23. ^ "Murder by the Lake - The Celtic Mystery" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on November 4, 2013
  24. ^ "The cold Truth" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  25. ^ "Murder by the Lake 2 - Family Issues" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  26. ^ "Trust me" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  27. ^ "Because I love you ..." on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  28. ^ "Murder by the Lake 3 - The Sleepwalker" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  29. ^ "Murder by the Lake 4 - Till Death do them part" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  30. ^ "Professor T - Season 1" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  31. ^ "Wedding in Rome" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  32. ^ "Murder by the Lake 5 - The Girl who loved to laugh" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  33. ^ "Murder by the Lake 6 - The Return" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  34. ^ "Murder by the Lake - The fourth Woman" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on October 6, 2017
  35. ^ "Professor T - Season 2" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on May 29, 2018
  36. ^ "Murder by the Lake 8 - Death in the Forest" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on May 29, 2018
  37. ^ "Murder by the Lake 9 - Mermaid" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on May 29, 2018
  38. ^ "Professor T - Season 3" on Rowboat's Website, accessed on November 12, 2018
  39. ^ Davis, Sam (2000-08-29). Quotenfieber - Das Geheimnis erfolgreicher TV-Movies (in German) (1., Aufl. ed.). Bergisch Gladbach: Lübbe GmbH & Co. KG, Verlagsgruppe. ISBN 9783404940073.

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