DreamWorks Studios has signed an overall producing deal with Nina Jacobson, it was announced today by Stacey Snider, Co-Chairman and CEO of the Studio. It will give the studio a first look at her projects over a three-year term, effective at the beginning of 2007.
"I have long admired Nina for her creativity and her well-deserved accomplishments," said Production President Adam Goodman. "We're thrilled to have her join our producing roster. We know she can deliver and we are here to support her in every way."
Jacobson comes to DreamWorks after serving as president of the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group from 1998 to 2006.
"When I left DreamWorks for Disney in 1998, Steven encouraged me to look at my time away as 'study abroad,'" said Jacobson. "I feel very lucky to be able to bring all that I have learned over the past 8 years back to DreamWorks as a producer. There is no one for whom I have greater respect or affection than Stacey, Adam and Steven Spielberg. They have created a culture at DreamWorks that values talent and candor and I am honored to be able to contribute to their slate."
Stacey Snider noted, "We couldn't be happier to bring Nina to us as a producer. She is a rare talent who has earned the respect of writers, filmmakers, and all those who have known her and worked with her. We are fortunate that she has chosen DreamWorks for the opportunity to wear a producing hat for her own projects."
Steven Spielberg added his thoughts by saying, "I'm very proud to be able to welcome Nina home."
Nina Jacobson has built an impressive career as a senior film executive, encompassing roles at three major motion picture studios. Most recently Jacobson served as president of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group where she broadened the scope of Disney live-action movies by building a slate that included major franchises such as "Pirates of the Caribbean" I, II, and III and "The Chronicles of Narnia" as well as more targeted hits such as The Princess Diaries, Freaky Friday, and Remember the Titans. Jacobson also fostered relationships with respected filmmakers such as Chris Nolan, Wes Anderson and M. Night Shyamalan, yielding commercial and critical successes ranging from The Prestige to The Royal Tenenbaums to The Sixth Sense. Jacobson also took chances on first-time studio filmmakers, generating hits like The Rookie, Under the Tuscan Sun, Flight Plan, The Miracle, Invincible and Step Up.
Prior to Disney, Jacobson was a senior film executive at DreamWorks, where her responsibilities ranged from the development of What Lies Beneath to originating the idea of the animated Antz. Before DreamWorks, Jacobson worked at Universal as a Senior Vice President where she oversaw Twelve Monkeys, Dazed and Confused, and Dragon -- The Bruce Lee Story.
Jacobson is active with Teen Line, Feminist Majority Foundation, and Inner City Film-makers. She is a graduate of Brown University.