Brian Carmody is a managing partner and co-founder along with Patrick Milling Smith of international production company SMUGGLER, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and London. SMUGGLER has twice taken home the coveted Palme d’Or, Cannes Lions Grand Prix, the Emmy, D&AD pencils as well as Sundance, London, Berlin and Venice Film Festival Awards.
Born in Skibbereen, Ireland, Brian Carmody came to LA in April of 1994 to work for Propaganda Films. He quickly became the Head of Sales for Propaganda’s sister company, Satellite, where he helped shape the careers of Spike Jonze, Brian Beletic and Jhoan Camitz. In 2001 Carmody joined forces with Patrick Milling Smith and together they founded SMUGGLER. They quickly gained a reputation for spotting young talent and building successful careers. SMUGGLER’s business model focuses around the philosophy that well-told stories in the hands of first class talent generate powerful audience connections. The company is now widely recognized for superior productions and cutting-edge creativity. With productions in nearly every continent, SMUGGLER is a trusted brand for many of the world’s largest corporate clients and a beacon to the best writing and directing talent in the business.
In 2009 SMUGGLER formed a film and theatre division. Greetings From Tim Buckley, starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots, debuted at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews with The Hollywood Reporter calling it a “sensitive, well-cast film about father-son musicians Tim and Jeff Buckley that gets the emotions and music just right” while The Globe and Mail named it one of their top six favorite films of TIFF.
Amongst its many theatre projects is the play Seminar, which premiered on Broadway in November, 2011 and starred Alan Rickman and Jeff Goldblum in an extended production. SMUGGLER adapted the Oscar winning musical Once for Broadway which was awarded 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical along with the 2013 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.