Without Fail

Candid conversations with people who have done hard things: what worked, what didn't and why. Hosted by Alex Blumberg.

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The Secret Early Lives of Sam Esmail

February 11, 2019

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Show Notes

Director and screenwriter Sam Esmail's TV series Mr. Robot was an immediate hit when it premiered in 2015, turning him into one of the most in-demand showrunners in Hollywood. But he didn't have an easy path to that point. Sam was 38 by the time Mr. Robot launched. He'd worked all kinds of jobs — including a stint as a startup founder — and seen all kinds of setbacks. Sam tells Alex about the stuff that came before, and about why he couldn't quit trying to make movies, even when success was a long way off.

Without Fail is hosted by Alex Blumberg. It is produced by Molly Messick and Sarah Platt and edited by Alex Blumberg and Devon Taylor. 

Peter Leonard mixed the episode. Theme and ad music by Bobby Lord.