Sam Donnelly serves as executive producer of NBC’s “America's Got Talent,” now in its 12th season.
Prior to joining the series in the U.S., Donnelly worked for Thames Television as executive producer on the Syco TV/FremantleMedia series “Britain’s Got Talent.” Donnelly first worked with the hosts of ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent,” Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (known in the U.K. as Ant & Dec), when she joined their TV production company, Gallowgate Productions, in 2010.
Previously, Donnelly spent six years working on BBC’s smash-hit competition series “Strictly Come Dancing,” the precursor to the U.S. sensation “Dancing with the Stars.” She served as the show’s executive producer from 2007-09, as well as its sister series for dance hopefuls, “Strictly Dance Fever.”
Donnelly’s television career began at the BBC where, for more than a decade, she moved through the ranks, beginning as a researcher for the prestigious talk show “Parkinson” and taking on a variety of production positions. She had oversight of some of the BBC’s most highly rated and highly regarded series, including “The British Academy of Film and Television Awards,” BBC One’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and “A BAFTA Tribute,” which recognized British entertainment icons such as Victoria Wood, Bob Monkhouse, Ronnie Barker and Billy Connolly. She would later oversee BBC’s Saturday night entertainment series “The Magicians” when working for Elisabeth Murdoch’s production company, Shine.
In 2005, Donnelly was instrumental in convincing British comedy legend Ronnie Barker to come out of retirement and reunite him with partner Ronnie Corbett for “The Two Ronnies Sketchbook,” a retrospective series she produced that celebrated some of the team’s best and most memorable sketches.