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Sam Tyler has been involved in creating and producing television programs since his pioneering documentary In Search of Excellence in 1985. A few years after the release of the film, he began a second career as a speaker, using his film clips and stories to inspire audiences in all kinds of organizations.
Mr. Tyler's current production The News Press Story, a documentary film pertaining to events involving The Santa Barbara News Press, was on Public Television in 2008.
Good to Great a documentary based on Jim Collins' best-selling book, is Sam Tyler's most recent work. Funded by Verizon, the program is a look at the principles of greatness in action at organizations as diverse as Southwest Airlines, The Dallas Police Department, Starbucks, and a Latino school in Yuma, Arizona. The program aired nationwide on Public Television in 2007 and 2008.
Prior to becoming an independent producer, Mr. Tyler was VP for Development at WGBH Boston, one of PBS' flagship stations, where he was involved in funding programs such as Julia Child's Kitchen, This Old House, NOVA, and Frontline.
Sam Tyler is also responsible for 20 video and film projects including the launch of The Harvard Business School Video series and other PBS films, including The Excellence Files and The Entrepreneurial Revolution. He recently produced a profile of Lance Armstrong.
Sam Tyler is a graduate of Princeton University. He is married and has five children. He has run 5 marathons, skis and snowboards, and serves on the board of a major foundation in Santa Barbara, CA.