AUTHOR OF PROMISES I MADE MY MOTHER
WHO AM I?
Emmy nominated producer Sam Haskell, III was named in 2007 by Television Week Magazine “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,” “Sisters,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Lost,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Live with Regis & Kathie Lee,” among many others.
Since 2012, Sam has run Magnolia Hill Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television in Los Angeles, CA. With his partner Dolly Parton, they produced two television movies for NBC. The first, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors”, eclipsed over 16 million live viewers making it the most viewed original television movie among the Big Four Networks in six years. Moreover, it has received overwhelming critical acclaim and has gone on to win the Movieguide Templeton Foundation Epiphany Prize, The Christopher Award, and the Academy of Country Music Tex Ritter Award. The second film, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas Of Many Colors – Circle of Love”, was the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster Coat of Many Colors, which aired November 30th on NBC, again ranking #1 in all key demos and delivering 14.5 million live viewers. It has also won the Movieguide Epiphany prize, the Christopher Award, the Family Film Award, and was nominated for Best Television Movie at the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards.
Sam is married to his college sweetheart Mary Donnelly Haskell, a former Miss Mississippi. They have two children, Sam IV, and Mary Lane. Sam and Mary have three grandchildren, Samuel Bond Haskell V, James Donnelly Haskell, and William Kirkpatrick Haskell, II.
Mr. Haskell’s memoir, “Promises I Made My Mother,” is an incisive, compelling, deeply personal, and spiritually-enriching story about living a principled life in unprincipled times. It was acquired in auction by Ballantine Books, a Random House imprint, and is co-written / edited by David Rensin, a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and includes a forward written by Ray Romano. Mr. Haskell recalls, “Since I was a kid, I’ve been guided by principles that shaped me into who I am today. Mostly I’ve got my Mother to thank for that. She’s not here for the telling of this story, of life’s lessons learned, promises kept and dreams fulfilled, but I think if she were, she’d be smiling.”
“Promises I Made My Mother” is now available on Amazon.com.
President of Magnolia Hill Productions
Magnolia Hill Productions (Los Angeles)
Former Worldwide Head of Television
“Mothers and sons should read this book together while celebrating one of the greatest bonds that exist in the world today!”
“My friend Sam Haskell’s journey has taken him from rural Mississippi to the great cities of the world. This book will tell you exactly how he did it. He had an inspirational mother who ‘taught him life’s lessons!'”
“Sam found success by being true to himself and keeping his promises to his mother. It’s all in the breeding, and for you, it’s all in the reading!”
“Sam Haskell in an anomaly in Hollywood. He brings to this book his humor, his honor, and his unique perspective on how to live life'”
“An eye-opening read for anyone who has the capacity to dream.”
“This book is a must-read for anyone who hopes to fine ‘true’ success in any field… the kind that last forever.”
-Kathie Lee Gifford