Peter Samuelson

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Peter Samuelson
Born Peter Samuelson
(1951-10-16) 16 October 1951 (age 63)[1]
London, England, UK
Occupation Motion picture producer
Years active 1971-present

Peter Samuelson is an American and British TV and film producer and educator, and founder of the Starlight Children's Foundation.[2]


Peter Samuelson is the president of Film Associates, Inc[3] a media consultancy and production company. He is mainly a film and television producer, but has also been a production manager, senior corporate executive, and starred in The Return of the Pink Panther as the Clothing Thief. He was previously president of Spashlife, Inc[4] and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Panavision, Inc.[5] After serving as a production manager on films such as The Return of the Pink Panther, he emigrated from London to Los Angeles and produced Revenge of the Nerds, Tom & Viv, Wilde, Arlington Road and other films.[6]

Peter also served on the initial three person advisory board for Jeff Skoll's Participant Productions.[7] He was the first managing director of the Media Institute for Social Change (MISC) at the University of Southern California.[8]

Social entrepreneurship[edit]

As a social entrepreneur, in 1982 Peter and his cousin, actress Emma Samms, were inspired by a boy battling an inoperable brain tumor, and started the Starlight Children's Foundation, building it into a charity dedicated to granting wishes for seriously ill children.

In 1990, Peter brought together leaders including Steven Spielberg and General Norman Schwarzkopf to create the STARBRIGHT Foundation,[9] a charity dedicated to developing media and technology-based programs to educate and empower children to cope with the medical, emotional and social challenges of their illnesses. Five years later, they launched the interactive social network Starbright World that helps seriously ill children meet and develop relationships with peers through video, sound, text, and avatar based communication.[10]

In 1999, Samuelson founded First Star Inc,[11] a charity headquartered in Washington, D.C. that works to improve the public health safety and family life of America's abused and neglected children.

In 2004, Starlight and STARBRIGHT completed a formal merger and became the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, where Samuelson serves as the international chairman of the organization.[12]

In 2005, he founded Everyone Deserves A Roof (EDAR) to develop and distribute mobile, single-user structures which in the daytime serve as purpose-built recycling vehicles while at night time transform into tented bed enclosures.[13]


Peter was born on 16 October 1951 in London, England and has a Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.[14] He is the son of Sir Sydney Samuelson and has two brothers. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He is the fourth of five generations employed in the film industry .[citation needed]


Samuelson has a career in the film industry that started in the early 1970s.[15]

Producer and Executive Producer[edit]

Production Manager[edit]

  • Shoot the Sun Down (1981) (Associate Producer & Production Manager)
  • High Velocity (1976) (Production Manager)
  • The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) (Production Manager & uncredited acting part of the Clothing thief)
  • One by One (1975) (Production Manager)
    • aka Quick and the Dead (USA)
  • Le Mans (1971) (Assistant Production Manager)


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