Curriculum Vitae

Bilingual English/French

M.A. Cambridge University, England

Executive Program in Management Anderson School of Management, UCLA

Mergers & Acquisitions Certificate Wharton School of Business, U. of Penn.

President - ASPIRE Academy for Social Purpose in Responsible Entertainment Piloted at the University of California, Los Angeles

Founding Managing Director - Media Institute for Social Change

School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California. 2012-13

Co-Founder / Past Chairman / Present Board Member - Starlight Children’s Foundation

Chapters worldwide serving 6 million seriously ill children annually

Co-Founder (with Steven Spielberg) - Starbright World

First avatar-based interactive social network for teens, 1995

Co-Founder - First Star Public Policy Initiative, Washington, DC

Advocacy, professional education, legislative initiatives and research to benefit abused and neglected children. 1999 - 2015


Founder / President - First Star Academies, Los Angeles, CA

On-campus High School Academies for Foster Youth at nine universities: UCLA, URI, GWU, UConn, UCF, Loyola Chicago, Rowan NJ, CUNY Staten Island

Founder / President - FS Bruin Village, Los Angeles, CA

Foster Youth permanency, college preparatory accelerator
Founder / President EDAR (Everybody Deserves a Roof) Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Mobile recycling and single-person shelters for the homeless

ENCORE Fellow - The Purpose Prize, San Francisco, CA


Board Member Universal Giving, San Francisco CA

Founding Board Member Participant Media, Los Angeles, CA.

Advisory Board Member

Advisory Board Member

Man Of The Year County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services

Outstanding Citizen Ernst & Young Alumni Association Citizen Leadership

Caring Award Winner Caring Institute Award, Washington, DC

Finalist (twice) Kellogg's Foundation/Hannah Neil Children's Award, Ohio

Guest Lecturer University of Southern California School of Business

Guest Lecturer University of Michigan School of Law, Blavin Scholar Program

Guest Lecturer UCLA, Anderson School, Executive MBA Program

Guest Lecturer UCLA, School of Theater, Film And Television

Guest Lecturer Pediatric Grand Rounds, Miller Memorial Hospital, Long Beach

Guest Lecturer University of Southern California Presidential Fellows Program

Guest Speaker Skoll World Forum, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Keynote Speaker Cavendish Conferences: United Nations, Oxford University, UCSD, Cleveland Clinic OH, Education Conference 2016

Speaker Family Office Association, Westchester NY


Lecturer World Congress on Information Technology,

George Mason University

Keynote Interview New York University, Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship

Member British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA)

Member Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
Academy Endowment Campaign Committee
Academy Grants and Scholarships Committee
Academy Scholar Program Committee

Finals Committee Judge Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting

Judge Sundance Pro-Social Hackathon
Judge World Of Children Entrepreneurial Philanthropy Awards

Past Member Board of Governors, (also past Chairman, Nominating Committee and past Treasurer) Century City Hospital

Producer “Stormbreaker” Ewan McGregor, Alicia Silverstone, Mickey Rourke, Bill Nighy, Andy Serkis
Executive Producer “Chromophobia” Ralph Fiennes, Penelope Cruz
Executive Producer “Execution Live” (ABC miniseries)
Producer “The Last Time” Michael Keaton, Brendan Fraser
Executive Producer “Man In The Chair” Christopher Plummer
Producer “Things To Do Before You’re Thirty” Dougray Scott
Executive Producer “The Libertine” Johnny Depp, John Malkovich
Producer "Arlington Road" Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins
Producer “Gabriel & Me” Billy Connolly, Iain Glen
Producer “Wilde” Jude Law, Steven Fry, Vanessa Redgrave

Producer “Tom & Viv” Willem Dafoe, Miranda Richardson

Two Academy Award Nominations

BAFTA Nomination as Outstanding British Film

Executive Producer “The Pact: A Love Story” Megan Mullally
Producer “The Gathering” Christina Ricci.
Executive Producer “The Commissioner” John Hurt, Armin Mueller-Stahl.
Producer “Revenge of the Nerds”
Producer “A Man A Woman and A Bank” Donald Sutherland,

Paul Mazursky
Producer “Playmaker”
Executive Producer “Turk 182” Timothy Hutton
Executive Producer “Man, God and Africa” 
Executive Producer “Vicars” 
Executive Producer “The Babe Business” 
Executive Producer “Guesthouse Paradiso”
Supervising Producer “Clash of the Daytime Stars”

Production Manager “Return of the Pink Panther” and other films


Previously director of the following corporations:

Spotlight Health, Los Angeles and Virginia.

Panavision Incorporated, Tarzana California (Chairman of Executive Committee)

Panavision Overseas Inc., Tarzana, California

A.R.G. Societe Anonyme, Grenoble, France (Aaton Cameras)

Montage Computer Corporation, West Concord, Massachusetts

Interscope Holding Corporation

Interscope Communications Inc.

Interscope Real Estate Corporation

Interscope Real Estate North Carolina Inc.

Interscope Travel Inc.

Interscope USAC Racing Corporation

Interscope Investments Inc.

Interscope Corporation

Interscope EFT, Inc.

Interscope Securities Inc.

Interscope Real Estate Georgia Inc.

Interscope Productions Inc.

Samuelson Group Inc.

Audio Visual Headquarters Inc.

Privilege Magazine Inc.

.... all of Los Angeles, California


Samuelson Group PLC, London, England

Victor Duncan Inc., Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta

Samuelson Concert Productions (Equipment) Inc., Dallas, Texas

Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the following Partnerships during formation and initial period of operations: 
Fleetwood Travel, Newport Beach, California
National Transaction Systems, El Segundo, California


President, Film Associates Inc.

Owner, Samuelson Productions


Mr. Samuelson divides his volunteer time between leading entrepreneurial non-profits. He is Founder / President of the First Star Academies, Inc. and of the EDAR (Everyone Deserves A Roof) Inc. charity, both of Los Angeles. He also produces motion pictures and other media, leads ASPIRE in its pilot phase at UCLA, and provides pro bono board service as Co-Founder of the Starlight Children’s Foundation through its 50 offices. Mr. Samuelson is married, has four children and lives in Los Angeles.