Patrick Milling-Smith

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Patrick Milling-Smith is a film, theater, music video, commercial and experiential producer. He co-founded international production company SMUGGLER with Brian Carmody in 2002.[1]

His productions range across various mediums and are recognized for being talent driven with an emphasis on storytelling, resulting in a wide array of highly sought-after industry awards, including Tonys, the Grammy, Emmys, Cannes Lions, Palm D’ors and Grand Prixs, D&AD pencils, Clios, and Olivier Awards.


SMUGGLER launched in 2002 and has since won three Emmy Awards and three Cannes Lions Palm D’ors, along with several Cannes Lions Grand Prixs, including most recently in 2018 for Jay Z’s video Smile, directed by Miles Jay.[2]

SMUGGLER has been awarded Top Production Company accolades by several leading commercial industry magazines and award shows, including the Clio Awards and AdAge, which named SMUGGLER its Production Company of the Year for the third time in 2017.[3] In 2011, Patrick and Brian received the Made in New York Award from Mayor Bloomberg.[4]

In April of 2018, Patrick produced MGM Resorts’ Universal Love Album with McCann New York, which featured classic love songs re-imagined by such musical icons as Bob Dylan, Ke$ha, and St. Vincent. Pronouns of the traditionally heterosexual love songs were swapped to reflect same-sex affection.[5] The Album went on to win 5 Cannes Lions, including one Gold Lion, at the 2018 Cannes Lions Awards.[6]

Film & Theatre[edit]

Patrick’s feature film producing credits include Greetings from Tim Buckley,[7] Weightless written by Enda Walsh and starring Alessandro Nivola, and Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian starring Benicio Del Toro.

Upcoming film projects include a remake of cult classic The Wild Geese written by William Monahan and the adaptation of Jean Anouilh’s play Becket, written by William Monahan and to be directed by Michael Mann.[8]

Patrick’s Broadway theatre productions include the play Seminar starring Alan Rickman, which premiered on Broadway and was extended with Jeff Goldblum as the lead,[9] and his most recent productions Once and The Kids Stays In The Picture[10], which he produced alongside Barbara Broccoli, Brian Carmody, and Fred Zollo.

After a successful run at the New York Theatre Workshop, Once moved to Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre and officially opened Sunday, March 18, 2012,[11] recouping its initial $5.5 million investment after only 21 weeks and 169 performances.[12] It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2012, and went on to win 8 including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and Best Sound Design of a Musical.[13] On February 10, 2013, Once also took home Best Musical Theater Album at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.[14] The musical toured the US, Toronto, Australia, Korea and London's West End where it was nominated for six Olivier Awards including Best Musical in 2014.

In 2017, Patrick produced The Kid Stays in the Picture, based on the memoir of the same name by Robert Evans.[15] Adapted and directed by Simon McBurney, the play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in March, 2017 and focuses the rise and fall of Robert Evans (born in New York in 1930 and still going), the former head of Paramount Pictures who produced Love Story, Rosemary's Baby (film), Chinatown (film) and The Godfather.



  1. ^ "Production Company A-List 2018: SMUGGLER". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  2. ^ Diaz, Ann-Christine. "Jay-Z's 'Smile' wins Entertainment Lions for Music Grand Prix at Cannes". Creativity Online. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  3. ^ "Production Company of the Year: SMUGGLER". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  4. ^ "Made in NY - Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting - About". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  5. ^ "Stars Turn Wedding Classics Into Same-Sex Love Songs in MGM Resorts' 'Universal Love' Playlist". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  6. ^ "MGM Resorts - "Universal Love" Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2018". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  7. ^ "Greetings from Tim Buckley". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  9. ^ Lahr, John (21 November 2011). "A Talent To Abuse" – via
  10. ^ Felperin, Leslie (2018-07-18). "'The Kid Stays in the Picture': Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2017-03-23.
  11. ^ Brantley, Ben. "'Once,' With Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, at Jacobs Theater". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  12. ^ "Broadway's 'Once' Recoups Initial $5.5 Million Investment". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  13. ^ "Once Takes Home Eight Tony Awards; Complete List of 2012 Tony Winners". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  14. ^ Dziemianowicz, Joe. "Grammy Awards 2013: Broadway hit 'Once' wins award for Best Musical Theater Album - NY Daily News". Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  15. ^ Cieply, Michael. "Robert Evans, Hollywood Player, Inspires Broadway Play". Retrieved 2018-07-18.

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