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DAVID JACOBSON

THE INNOVATOR

 
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
— C. S. Lewis
 
 

With a background as an independent producer and entertainment executive, David Jacobson
partnered with filmmakers Adam Sjoberg and Seanne Winslow to found Required Reading in Fall of 2015. 

He most recently executive produced award-winning documentary film I Am Sun Mu, directed by Adam Sjoberg, which sold to Netflix about a North Korean defector turned dissident artist. The film went on to play at top film festivals around the world including DocNYC, IDFA, and Florence and received praise from The Washington Post, The Economist, the LA Times, and The Hollywood Reporter. 
 
Prior to that, he produced the global breakdancing & hip-hop documentary film, Shake the Dust, directed by Adam Sjoberg and executive produced by Nasir “Nas” Jones. The story follows groups of B-Boys and B-Girls on the streets of Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda, and Yemen and gives a fresh look at the power of community, dance, and hip-hop as tools for positive social change.

David also has proven versatility working in both music and branded content and recently produced Kanye West’s first of its kind fashion show/album release/ and performance art event at Madison Square Garden featuring the premiere of his album Life of Pablo and Yeezy Season 3 fashion line. The show was sponsored by Adidas and featured over 1,200 fully styled extras, supermodels including Naomi Campbell, and streamed to over 20-million people on Tidal, in theatres, and in Times Square.
 
Prior to that, David co-produced the high profile independent feature film, Lee Daniel’s The Butler, alongside Pamela Williams, directed by Lee Daniels and starring Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Robin Williams, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, and Mariah Carey. He was instrumental in helping structure and raise over $32-million in independent financing for the project, produced on-set through all of principal photography in Louisiana, and helped oversee post-production and delivery to The Weinstein Company, who bought the film in an auction scenario. The film has gone on to win number one in the North American box office in its first three weekends and gross over $180-million worldwide.
 
After The Butler, he joined Dave Stewart’s innovative content, music, and technology company, Dave Stewart Entertainment, as head of Film, TV, and business strategies where he oversaw a diverse slate of feature, TV, and digital content, including Songland, an upcoming music competition format at NBC, the feature film A Hole in the Fence created by Ringo Starr & Dave Stewart, and the 80’s music industry inspired series, Hit Man, written by George Gallo. He was also intimately involved in the development, fundraising, and launch of the technology start-up, the First Artist Bank, which is a digital financial platform for online creative communities seeking to fund and monetize their work.
 
David was previously Director of Development at Laura Ziskin Productions (LZP) based at Sony Pictures Entertainment where he supported an A-list slate of film and television projects in the studio & independent spaces including the development of Madly in Love, written by two time Academy-Award winning screenwriter Alvin Sargent; Enron based on the hit British play by Lucy Prebble; and a remake of the award-winning German film The Robber.
 
Prior to serving as an executive at LZP, David worked for 3 years as Laura Ziskin’s assistant and worked alongside the producers on The Amazing Spider-Man, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield & Emma Stone. He also worked on the two groundbreaking Stand Up 2 Cancer telethons which aired on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, Discovery, E!, Showtime and several other networks and helped raise over $180 million towards accelerated cancer research.