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Sam Sandora is President of Sandora Productions, Inc., Vice President of zoetifex Studios (animation), and, General Manager of 3 Rivers Studios (film & television sound stages in Pittsburgh, PA.)
Sam is a seasoned veteran of the entertainment industry as a Writer, Producer and Emmy-Nominated Director for his work on the “Mickey Mouse Club (Disney Channel). He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, west and the Directors Guild of America.
“Colin & Brad: Out Of The Box” (Art & Industry – New York)
Line Producer on this television comedy special taped at The Carnegie Library & Music Hall in West Homestead, PA.
“THEM IDIOTS with Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, and Bill Engvall” (CMT) (Levity Entertainment – Los Angeles)
Production Consultant on this stand-up comedy special. The show was taped before a sold out audience (18,000) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Sandora also served as Second Unit Director shooting show’s opening montage as well as audience/fan interviews prior to show.
“Billy Gardell: Halftime” (Comedy Central) (Levity Entertainment – Los Angeles)
Production Consultant on this stand-up comedy special. [Billy Gardell stars on the CBS hit sitcom, “Mike & Molly] Sandora also served as a Second Unit Director shooting show’s opening montage as well as conducted audience interviews prior to the show.
“Inventionland” (History Channel)
Sandora served as a Production Executive who helped sell this television reality show pilot, about a Pittsburgh-based invention company. The pilot was shot in Pittsburgh, PA and Charlotte, NC and aired to very good ratings.
“Made In America with John Ratzenberger” (Travel Channel)
Creative Consultant on this popular show, Sandora also served as Contributing Writer on the closing segment of the PPG Episode.
“The Mickey Mouse Club” (The Disney Channel)
Director, Segment Producer and Staff Writer having worked on Season Three and Season Five. Sandora earned an Emmy Nomination for “Outstanding Directing in a Children’s Series” in his first year as a DGA Director.
“Rusty Tales” (TV Pilot for Ed McMahon Productions)
Director, Writer, Producer and Show Creator on this children’s show pilot shot at the Disney/MGM Studios in Lake Buena Vista, FL which starred Ed McMahon as ‘Uncle Ed the Story Man.’
“The Jersey” (The Disney Channel)
Director on this comedy episode of shot on location in Pittsburgh, PA.
Writer on this children’s comedy television show pilot, shot in Pittsburgh, PA.
“Not Necessarily the News” (HBO)
News Consultant on this show which won a Cable Ace Award in 1984. This news parody show was HBO’s first comedy series and was produced in Los Angeles, CA.
Staff Writer, Short Film Assistant To The Director, Researcher on a LIVE, late night comedy show which featured the talents of Larry David and Michael Richards, among others. Series shot in Los Angeles, CA.
“Disney FREE Weekend Preview” (The Disney Channel)
Director & Creative Consultant on worked on wrap-around promotional spots which featured numerous MMC Mouseketeers. Shot in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
Director, Producer & Writer on countless Corporate, Industrial and Medical Projects for: sales, marketing, image, TV commercials, webisodes, and video-news-release projects which earned a number of national awards. Sandora has worked with such global or national clients as: Transitions Optical, Inc., LEGO Corporation, PPG Industries, Deloitte Consulting, Walt Disney World Marketing, The Disney Channel, H.J. Heinz, Essilor of America, Bayer Corporation, Westinghouse Nuclear Division, Wal-Mart Optical, Costco Optical, Kurt Angle–Olympic Athlete, McGowan Center for Artificial Organ Development, Family House, Optical Laboratories of America, SmithKline Beecham (Glaxo SmithKline), among others.
In 1998, Sandora received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.