Sam Katz has been producing, directing and developing historical documentaries for 10 years. Prior to launching his production company, History Making Productions, Katz spent much of his career in municipal and project finance, private equity, civic leadership, and politics. Katz has created EMMY award-winning films on the history of Philadelphia, including the 13-part series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, Urban Trinity: The Story of Catholic Philadelphia, Philadelphia Welcomes Pope Francis, Before Hollywood: Philadelphia and the Birth of the Movies, and Sisters in Freedom, among others. Currently in production is a documentary film on the emerging role that China is playing as the center of classical music, Beethoven in Beijing; Gradually, Then Suddenly, a documentary on the bankruptcy of Detroit; and a film on the transformation of Pittsburgh.
Katz spent the first 25 years of his career as a public finance advisor, having co-founded Public Financial Management, the nation’s leading capital formation and investment advisor to state and local governments. During his tenure he developed and executed financing plans for major infrastructure projects for states, counties, and cities throughout the U.S., including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and for transit systems in Atlanta and Washington, D.C., airports in Orlando and Charleston, highways in Virginia and Colorado, and major league sports facilities in Baltimore, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Miami, and Philadelphia.
Katz has been active in public life in his home city and state. He served as the CEO of Greater Philadelphia First, a business-oriented civic group focused on regional economic development. Katz, a three time candidate for Mayor, was a close runner up in 1999 in the tightest mayoral election in the city’s modern history. He also co-founded and chaired BioAdvance, a regional investment organization that launched early stage life science companies. Between 2011-2014, Sam served as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the state agency charged with oversight of Philadelphia’s finances.