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In addition to her print portfolio, Sam has ample experience uplifting LGBTQ+ voices in video format. She has worked as an Associate Producer for digital brands like Logo, Paramount Global’s LGBTQ+ vertical, and In the Know, a Yahoo! franchise. Their video work has been recognized by the Shorty Impact Awards, Webby Awards, and GLAAD Media Awards. Below, check out some of their recent productions.

🚨 Sam is based in Brooklyn and currently available for assignments, producing opportunities, or part-time editing roles. If you’d like to work together, please email her: samantha[dot]manzella[at]gmail[dot]com.


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Nominee – Outstanding Online Journalism, Video or Multimedia, GLAAD Media Awards (2023)

Gold Distinction – Video Series, Shorty Impact Awards (2022)

Finalist – LGBTQ+, Shorty Impact Awards (2022)

This three-part roundtable series hosted by Raquel Willis puts everyday transgender youth in conversation with noted trans advocates at a pivotal moment for trans equality in the U.S. As Associate Producer, I saw this project through from inception to launch, collaborating with our Executive Producers to develop and streamline creative; liaise with talent, production management, and other key stakeholders; generate paper edits; and promote final assets on Logo’s social media channels. I also spearheaded our social impact campaign ‘SEEN: Trans Youth Town Halls Everywhere,’ which funded screenings of the series at LGBTQ+ community centers nationwide with help from CenterLink.

It is one of Logo’s most successful digital franchises to date, generating hundreds of thousands of views and buzz across the web.

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As Lead Writer and Associate Producer, I collaborated with Angelica Ross (Pose) to script her 2022 LGBTQ State of the Union address for Logo, which tackles everything from transgender representation in media to legislative attacks on trans youth across the country. To date, it is the top-performing installment of the franchise, amassing more than 405k views on YouTube and robust press coverage from outlets like NBC NewsBillboardThe Huffington Post, and more.

THE TRUTH IS… – yahoo’s itk

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