“You just have to live and life will give you pictures ... Of course it's all luck."

– Henri Cartier-Bresson

Samson Chan is an award-winning cinematographer, director, and photographer who travels the world extensively, creating beautiful and striking stories of sports superstars, Hollywood heavyweights, and real-life heroes for documentary and commercial projects.

Samson is a 10-time Emmy and a Clio Award winner and applies his unique perspective with a passion for the pursuit of telling the story and getting the shot. His cinematography, which Variety magazine calls “gorgeous”, stands out for its dynamic compositions, dramatic use of light, and genuine appreciation for its subject matter.

Samson is adept in all aspects of the creative process from the front lines to the boardroom. His breadth of experience and scope derives from having worked on almost every genre and scale of filmmaking. This includes documentaries, feature films, commercials, b2b communications, and branded content, with subjects as diverse as sports, entertainment, fashion, technology, and social issues.  His life and work experience is unique and his perspective invaluable to suiting any creative project.

A native of Chicago, Samson received his degree in film from Northwestern University, and is based in Los Angeles and San Diego.


Year Award Category Project
2019 Clio Award Branded Entertainment & Content Breaking Barriers, UFC, Executive Producer Adam Condal
2019 AIPS Sport Media Award Best Video Athlete Profile Birthright: Becoming Toby Dawson, Director Matthew Allen
2019 James Beard Foundation Media Award Outstanding Reporting Deep Dive, Food for Thought, Reporter David Chang
2019 Emmy Award Outstanding Open/Tease Always Start with the Dreams, PyeongChang 2018 Olympics
2016 Sportel Awards, Golden Podium Laureate Best Slow Motion Neymar, Rio 2016 Olympics, NBC Olympics
2014 IOC Olympics Golden Rings Award Best Olympic Feature Winter’s Theatre, Sochi 2014 Olympics, NBC Olympics
2012 National Edward R. Murrow Award Video Sports Reporting Angel in the Outfield, ESPN, Producer Beein Gim
2011 Emmy Award Outstanding Art Direction Sunday Night Football show open, NBC Sports
2011 Emmy Award Outstanding Long Feature The Man Behind the Red Bandanna, ESPN, Producer Drew Gallagher
2010 Emmy Award Outstanding Open/Tease Discovery, Vancouver 2010 Olympics, NBC Olympics
2010 Emmy Award Outstanding New Approaches Sports Programming The Science of Sports, NBC Sports, Producer Phil Parrish
2009 Peabody Award Documentary Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, HBO Sports, Producer Ezra Edelman
2008 Emmy Award Outstanding Camerawork The Clock of Their Lives, Beijing 2008 Olympics open, NBC Olympics
2008 Emmy Award Outstanding Open/Tease Perfection, Superbowl XLII open, Fox Sports, Producer Mike Hughes
2008 Telly Award Cinematography World Figure Skating Championships open, ESPN, Producer Steve Lawrence
2005 Emmy Award Outstanding Documentary Rhythm in the Rope, ESPN, Producer Johnson McKelvy
2005 Cinequest Film Festival Audience Award Best Documentary Film Emmanuel's Gift, Lookalike Productions, Directors Lisa Lax & Nancy Stern


Year Client Project
2021 Billie Jean King Enterprises BJK Live Appearance Introduction Director Samson Chan
2020 Peacock Kamome Director David Picker
2019 NBC Sports Drive Like Andretti Director Matthew Allen
2019 Golf Channel Chi Chi & Devo Director Josh Glaser
2019 UFC Breaking Barriers EP Adam Condal
2018 ESPN, SEC Network Sundays in the South Director Fritz Mitchell
2018 Fox Sports Cape Cod: Journey to the Bigs EP Laura Mickelson
2017 Avnet Global rebrand launch, agency R&R Partners EP Noah Goldsmith
2017 ESPN, ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award, honoree Eunice Kennedy Shriver Director Joie Jacoby
2017 Black Sheep Stew Productions Triumph: The Untold Story of Perry Wallace Director Rich Gentile
2016 PBS American Experience The Boys of '36 Director Margaret Grossi
2016 NBC Sports Building 43, presented by Smithfield Director Matthew Allen
2015 Verizon B2B spots, agency MRM//McCann EP Noah Goldsmith
2015 Abbott Great Wall Marathon, agency Sapient China, Rogue Producer EP Noah Goldsmith
2015 NBC Sports Chasing 43, presented by Smithfield Director Matthew Allen
2014 NBC Sports Notre Dame Reborn, presented by Under Armour Director Matthew Allen
2014 NBC Olympics Lokomotiv Director Jack Felling
2014 NBC Olympics Jessica Long: Long Way Home Director Matthew Allen
2014 NBC Olympics Nancy & Tonya Director Margaret Grossi
2014 NBC Sports Opening Day: Pheasant Season Director Jim Thompson
2014 Golf Channel Arnie Director Israel DeHerrera
2011 ESPN Films 30 for 30: The Fab 5 Director Jason Hehir
2010 ESPN Fims 30 for 30: Four Days in October Director Gary Waksman
2010 HBO Sports Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals Director Ezra Edelman
2010 Sony, FIFA Official 2010 World Cup Film in 3D Director Johnson McKelvy
2007 HBO Sports The UCLA Dynasty Director George Roy
2007 Harpo Studios The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special Director Annie Price
2005 Lookalike Productions, First Look Pictures Emmanuel's Gift Directors Lisa Lax & Nancy Stern
2005 ESPN Original Entertainment Rhythm in the Rope Director Johnson McKelvy
2005 ESPN, ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award, honorees Jim MacLaren & Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Directors Lisa Lax & Nancy Stern
2004 ESPN, ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award, honoree George Weah Director Johnson McKelvy