Sam Esmail serves as creator, executive producer, writer and director on USA Network’s Golden Globe Award-winning series Mr. Robot.
After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Esmail attended AFI’s directing program where he received his M.F.A. In 2008, he wrote his first feature screenplay, Sequels, Remakes & Adaptations, which landed on the Black List, a survey taken by more than 600 production companies and film financier executives naming their most-liked screenplays. He followed that up a year later with his second Black List script, Norm the Movie. His feature directorial debut, Comet, was released through IFC in 2014.
Since its premiere, Mr. Robot has received six primetime Emmy Nominations with two wins including Best Lead Actor in a Drama series, five Golden Globe Award nominations and two wins including Best Drama, a Peabody Award, two SAG Award nominations, four Critics’ Choice Award nominations and three wins, two Writers Guild Award nominations and one win for Best New Series, and three IPA Satellite Award nominations and one win for Best Supporting Actor. The series was selected for an AFI Award for Television Program of the Year, won a Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Long Form Series, had its world premiere at last year’s SXSW Festival where it took home the coveted Audience Award in the Episodic’s category and was an official selection at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.
Esmail is the author of the only tie-in book for USA’s award-winning series Mr. Robot, Elliot’s journal – Red Wheelbarrow. Before and during the events of season two, Elliot recorded his most private thoughts in this journal – and readers can hold this piece of the series in your hands.