Samantha Culp is a writer, producer and creative strategist based in Los Angeles after a decade in greater China. Her work examines the changing flows of global culture, emergent creative economies, and mobilizing storytelling for social change.
For Netflix, she has produced the criminal justice documentary series’ “The Confession Tapes” (2017, nominated for best episodic series by the International Documentary Association) and “Exhibit A” (premiering 2019), and was consulting producer on the global food series “Ugly Delicious” (2018). She is the visual consultant for the forthcoming film adaptation of Hao Jingfang’s Hugo Award-winning sci-fi novella “Folding Beijing”.
As a journalist and critic, her writing has appeared in publications such as the Atlantic, New York Magazine, the New York Times T Magazine, Travel & Leisure, and Artforum. Since its foundation in 2009, she has been a contributing editor of China’s leading art magazine, LEAP (艺术界). In 2018, she was awarded a Literary Journalism residency at Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada.
Her recent clients for brand strategy, content, and experiences include Apple, Airbnb, GE, Gucci, and Japan’s Ministry of Culture. She’s a co-founder of Paloma Powers, a consultancy developing artist-led solutions, and CultureTM, an online publication and symposium exploring brands as cultural patrons.
As a curator, she has staged exhibitions and events for institutions like LACMA, NeueHouse Hollywood, and UCCA Beijing. She’s spoken about her work at venues like the UCLA School of Art and USC School of Cinema, and is a visiting lecturer at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She serves on the board of directors of the non-profit organization China Residencies Network.