Patrick Sammon has a mix of experience in filmmaking, broadcast journalism, and LGBTQ political advocacy. He is the President of Story Center Films in Washington, DC. He’s the co-director and co-producer, with Bennett Singer, of CURED, which he conceived. The award-winning documentary has been optioned by 20th Century Television as the basis for a limited scripted series on FX or Hulu. Steven Canals, the co-creator of Pose, is writing and executive producing the series; Sammon and Singer are serving as producers of the project.
Before CURED, Sammon was the Creator and Executive Producer of CODEBREAKER, a “superb” (The Telegraph) and “imaginative” (Sunday Times) award-winning drama-documentary that “artfully explored” (The Mail) the life and legacy of Alan Turing, one of the 20th century’s most important people. Turing helped win World War II through his codebreaking and laid the intellectual foundation for the computer age. Instead of being celebrated, however, he faced brutal persecution from the British government because he was gay. More details about CODEBREAKER can be found at TuringFilm.com.
Sammon turned his idea for CODEBREAKER into a highly acclaimed film that has reached all corners of the globe. He put together an award-winning international production team (including Great Britain-based Furnace Ltd.), secured financing, and helped oversee both the business and creative side of the production. Sammon also developed and implemented a creative and comprehensive grassroots distribution strategy for CODEBREAKER, combining traditional distribution channels with a unique outreach campaign to connect with the target audience. More than three million viewers around the world have seen the film through television broadcasts (including a worldwide premiere on Channel 4 in the UK and a US premiere on Discovery Science), a 12-city U.S. theatrical release, film festivals, digital outlets (including Netflix and iTunes), DVDs, and more than 250 non-theatrical screenings.
Sammon also participated in more than 125 speaking events at CODEBREAKER screenings hosted by universities, community groups, professional organizations, government agencies, corporations, and law firms. He’s an experienced public speaker with a wide range of knowledge about filmmaking, LGBTQ history, and the ongoing fight for equality. Among other venues, he has spoken at The British Museum, the US National Archives, the Organization of American States, the FBI, the National Press Club, the National Science Foundation, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Purdue, Duke, and NYU. Corporate speaking hosts have included, among others, EY, PwC, Bloomberg LP, Goldman Sachs, Moody’s, Microsoft, Intel, Google, Kraft, Pfizer, and Ingersoll Rand.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Sammon started his career as an award-winning television news reporter at CBS affiliates in Northern New York and Northeast Tennessee.