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Sam Martin is the president of aid+abet, a film and television production company based in California.
The dual goals of aid+abet are; creating high-quality series and longform television, and independent features. On the feature side, aid+abet sources, develops and produces features, with a concentration on genre films. The company is financed through private equity.
Upcoming projects for Ms. Martin include a seven-part miniseries based on Taylor Branch’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biographies of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which she will executive-produce for HBO with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films. Other television projects in development include the event miniseries Succession, for USA Network.
Previously, Ms. Martin was vice president of HBO Films and was responsible for overseeing the development and production of 16 unique original movies for the premium channel. These included Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, directed by Yves Simoneau, which was nominated for 17 Emmy Awards and won 6 including Outstanding Made for Television Movie; the 2007 Sundance Film Festival’s closing-night film, Nelson George’s Life Support, starring Queen Latifah; Lackawanna Blues, directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson from his acclaimed one-man show, which received the 2005 Humanitas Prize and earned actress S. Epatha Merkerson a Golden Globe Award; Raoul Peck’s Sometimes in April…, starring Idris Elba, which was invited to the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival; the NAACP Image Award-winning Boycott, directed by Clark Johnson and starring Jeffrey Wright; Jim McKay’s Everyday People, the ensemble cast of which received a Gotham Award nomination; and Katja von Garnier’s Iron Jawed Angels, for which Anjelica Huston won a Golden Globe Award.
A native of New York City, Ms. Martin attended The Brearley School and Columbia College, Columbia University. She has sat on the board of Women in Film.