Harrington Park, New Jersey, United States
|Other names||Greg Jacobs|
|Alma mater||Tisch School of the Arts|
|Occupation||Film director, assistant director, producer, screenwriter|
Gregory "Greg" Jacobs is an American film director, assistant director, producer, and screenwriter. He has frequently collaborated with several film directors, most notably Steven Soderbergh. Jacobs has also been operating as a director himself, having overseen projects such as Criminal, Wind Chill and Magic Mike XXL.
Jacobs was born and raised in Harrington Park, New Jersey, where he was educated at Northern Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan. Jacobs is the son of Rafael Jacobs, who works as a lawyer, and Marti Jacobs. He has a brother, Douglas Jacobs, who is the president of Integrated Sports Media, a sports firm, located in Hoboken. Jacobs is also a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts. During a hiatus from the school in 1986, he worked as an assistant director to John Sayles on the independent film Matewan.
Jacobs has been active as an assistant director in his career for film directors such as the Coen brothers, Richard Linklater, Sayles, John Schlesinger and Steven Soderbergh. Jacobs first began cooperating with Soderbergh in 1993 on King of the Hill. In 2004, Jacobs released Criminal, his first feature film as a director, which he also wrote the script and helped produce. His second project was Wind Chill, announced in October 2005. It premiered in 2007. In March 2014, it was reported that Jacobs would helm Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the first film, with Soderbergh acting instead as an executive producer, cinematographer and film editor.
For his involvement as one of the producers of Behind the Candelabra, Jacobs won an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, which he shared along with Jerry Weintraub, Susan Ekins and Michael Polaire. The same year, he was also the recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series, as well as the PGA Award, Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television.
|1989||Shag||Additional second assistant director|
|1990||Elliot Fauman, Ph.D.||Assistant director|
|Tune in Tomorrow||Second assistant director|
|Miller's Crossing||Second assistant director|
|1991||City of Hope||Second assistant director|
|Thousand Pieces of Gold||Second assistant director|
|Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare||Second assistant director|
|Little Man Tate||Second assistant director|
|Lonely Hearts||First assistant director|
|1992||Under Cover of Darkness||First assistant director|
|The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag||Assistant production supervisor (Second unit)|
|Simple Men||First assistant director|
|1993||Family Prayers||First assistant director|
|The Music of Chance||First assistant director|
|King of the Hill||First assistant director|
|Naked in New York||First assistant director|
|1994||Foreign Student||Assistant director|
|Amateur||First assistant director|
|1995||Before Sunrise||Associate producer|
|The Underneath||First assistant director|
|Pie in the Sky||First assistant director|
|1996||Eye for an Eye||First assistant director|
|A Very Brady Sequel||First assistant director|
|1998||The Newton Boys||First assistant director|
|Goodbye Lover||Assistant director|
|Out of Sight||First assistant director|
|I'll Be Home for Christmas||First assistant director|
|1999||The Limey||First assistant director|
|2000||Erin Brockovich||First assistant director|
|Price of Glory||First assistant director (Second unit)|
|Traffic||First assistant director|
|2001||Ocean's Eleven||First assistant director|
|2004||Criminal||Directorial debut; screenwriter, producer|
|Eros||Segment: "Equilibrium"; producer|
|2006||The Good German||Producer|
|2007||Ocean's Thirteen||Executive producer|
|2009||The Girlfriend Experience||Producer|
|2014||Edge of Tomorrow||Producer|
|2015||Magic Mike XXL||Director, producer|
|2013||Behind the Candelabra||Producer|
|2014–15||The Knick||20 episodes; executive producer|
|2014–17||Red Oaks||20 episodes; screenwriter, executive producer|
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- McCarthy, Todd (May 20, 1993). "Review: 'King of the Hill'". Variety. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
- Salovaara, Sarah (June 30, 2015). "'Magic Mike XXL' Director Gregory Jacobs steps out of Steven Soderbergh's shadow". Indiewire. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
- Chocano, Carina (September 10, 2004). "'Criminal' pulls off a fresh caper drama". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
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- "'Magic Mike' sequel will be called 'Magic Mike XXL,' directed by Steven Soderbergh's AD". The Huffington Post. March 29, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
- White, James (March 30, 2014). "Greg Jacobs directing Magic Mike sequel". Empire. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
- Vishnevetsky, Ignatiy (May 20, 2014). ""Retired" Steven Soderbergh will be lighting, shooting, and editing Magic Mike XXL". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
- "Behind the Candelabra wins 11 Emmys; HBO picks up 27 in all". Home Box Office (HBO). September 23, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
- "DGA Awards: The winners". The Hollywood Reporter. January 25, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
- "25th Annual PGA Awards: First-Ever Tie For Best Motion Picture – 'Gravity' And '12 Years A Slave'; 'Breaking Bad' & 'Modern Family' Take Top TV Awards; Winners List". Deadline.com. January 19, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2015.