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Sam Hoffman has enjoyed a twenty-year-and-counting career in the New York feature film and television industry in producing, directing, and assistant directing capacities. Previously with Wes Anderson, he was the first assistant director on The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou as well as New York line producer on The Darjeeling Limited.
Mr. Hoffman recently executive-produced Julian Farino’s The Oranges, starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, and Leighton Meester; and Richard Levine’s Every Day, starring Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, and Ezra Miller. He was co-producer on John Polson’s Tenderness, starring Russell Crowe and Jon Foster; and produced Michael Ian Black’s Wedding Daze, starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher.
He has been the first assistant director on such movies as Woody Allen’s The Curse of the Jade Scorpion; Nicholas Hytner’s The Object of My Affection and Center Stage; Susan Stroman’s The Producers; and Richard Linklater’s The School of Rock. He was a second assistant director on such films as Tim Robbins’ Dead Man Walking; Mike Newell’s Donnie Brasco; Brian De Palma’s Carlito’s Way; Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day; David Anspaugh’s Rudy; and Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own, among other projects.
In 2009, he created the renowned website www.OldJewsTellingJokes.com; the site’s video portraits have been viewed over 15 million times, been released on DVD, and broadcast on the BBC. The site has been featured on countless blogs as well as in New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Mr. Hoffman’s book, based on the site, is now in its fourth printing.
He graduated with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania.