Sam Haskell, III
Best-selling Author; Film Producer, Magnolia Hill Productions (WB)
Sam Haskell, III, former Worldwide Head of Television for WMA, Author, Philanthropist In 2007 Television Week Magazine named Sam Haskell, III “One of the 25 Most Innovative and Influential People in Television of the Last 25 Years,” an honor he shared with Ted Turner, Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Walter Cronkite and other television legends. Haskell earned his ranking among the industry’s best through his 27-year career at the renowned William Morris Agency where he was one of the most powerful agents and dealmakers in the business. At William Morris Haskell oversaw the "packaging" of all agency-represented network projects, including such mega-hits as " Fresh Prince of Bel Air," "Mad About You," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Lost," "Murphy Brown," "Sisters," "Suddenly Susan," "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee," "Diagnosis Murder," "King of Queens," "Las Vegas" and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," among many others. He serves as Executive Chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization and Executive Producer of the past nine Miss America Pageant telecasts on ABC. Over the last 15 years Sam and his wife, Mary, have helped to raise over 55 million dollars for charitable causes. Since 2013, Sam has run Magnolia Hill Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television in Los Angeles, CA, where he is producing four television movies for NBC, the first of which was Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors. In his nationally-bestselling memoir, Promises I Made My Mother he attributes his success to the lessons he learned from his mother at an early age - lessons such as faith, hope and character.