Location: Hollywood, CA

Founded: 2002


Smuggler is a production company founded by Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody. Originally developed to produce commercials, Smuggler has expanded to include divisions for film, television, and theater.

Notable Products

  • Commercial production
  • Film production
  • Television production
  • Music video production
  • Theatrical production
  • Animation

What to Expect

Smuggler is a collective of storytellers, comprised of more than 20 directors. To date, the commercial production branch of the company has developed campaigns for clients such as FedEx, MTV, Converse, Ford, Activision, Nike, and Coca-Cola. Smuggler is responsible for the Logitech “Bacon on Bacon” commercial, as well as the T-Mobile “Welcome Back” campaign that featured a flash mob at the Heathrow airport in London. Perhaps the most notable was the Ecko Unlimited “Still Free” viral video, directed by Randy Krallman, which featured graffiti artists supposedly jumping a fence at Andrews Air Force Base to tag Air Force One.

Under the banner of the Film & Theater division, Smuggler is actively in development of several projects, working with internal directors, as well as outside collaborators. Holy Wars, released in 2010, is the company’s first feature-length documentary. Seminar, which opened on Broadway in 2011, is the first play produced by Smuggler in partnership with Jeffrey Finn and Jill Furman, starring Alan Rickman. In 2012, the musical adaptation of Once, based on the 2007 film, opened on Broadway. Once was developed and produced by Smuggler along with producers Barbara Broccoli (James Bond franchise) and Fred Zollo.

Headquartered in Hollywood, Smuggler also operates offices in New York and London. In addition to the in-house directors, the company employs fulltime staff in positions, such as producer, project bidder, production coordinator, and others related to pre-production through post-production. Roles on specific projects, like technical production crews, are typically contracted on a freelance basis depending on the needs of the particular assignment. Unpaid internships are offered in areas such as production and research, allowing students the opportunity to work alongside Smuggler’s directorial and producing teams and typically requiring a commitment of three days per week for three or four months. Employment and internship opportunities are generally not advertised on Smuggler’s website but are listed on industry job boards when available. In addition to proven skills and experience in commercial production, the company values a candidate with a strong work ethic, creative mind, and healthy sense of humor.


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