Nina Jacobson is a popular American film executive, and even amongst the few lady representatives to head the Hollywood production house. Later on, she even established her own production company, which rolled out super hit movies and minted billions at the box office. She began her film job as a documentary researcher, and later, she became a story reader in Disney House, in 1987. Next year, she chose to become the director of film development in the Silver Pictures Company. Although she had a demanding career in many Hollywood production houses, she only accepted to be the vice president for Universal Pictures. In 1995, she got herself associated with big Hollywood projects such as ‘Twelve Monkeys’ and ‘Dazed and Confused’, which were well appreciated at the box office. After a few years of her association with Universal, she joined another notable production house in Hollywood. She moved to Dreamworks Studio and was connected with the making of the movie, ‘What Lies Beneath’, which was an American psychological thriller-horror film that released in 2000. Her basic job was to listen to pitches for new films, understand its genre, pass the project, and later, the story was to be developed.
In 1998, she joined Disney House and had to develop scripts or had to oversee the film production. In Disney, she handled portfolios given to her by Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, and Hollywood Pictures.Many successful movies rolled out of big production houses when she was in charge of them as executive producer. When Nina Jacobson was the executive producer in motion pictures, she would oversee the filmmaking with regard to film finance, scripts and liaise with line producer and even distributors. In those days, the jobs of executive producers were most challenging, and there were not many female executives. With her association with Disney, she stood behind many successful projects in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
During her association, she became very well exposed with various genres of movies, such as horror movies (Sixth Sense), sports drama series (
Remember The Titans
), American war movies (Pearl Harbor), comedy films (The Princess Diaries), fantasy films (The Chronicles of Narnia), and American epic fantasy swashbuckler films (Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise).
She was the undisputed queen of the film production houses and was crowned as ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ by Forbes. Despite being associated with Disney with her innumerable successful projects, she was fired by Disney and lost her job. Buena Vista Pictures’ last distributed movie was also her last project in the production company, and this was the movie, ‘The Game Plan’. In 2007, she formed her own American studio, ‘Color Force’ and became the CEO of the company. The company signed a three-year deal with Dreamworks Pictures.
After the establishment of ‘Colors Force’, her production company rolled out particularly the film series, ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’, as well as ‘The Hunger Games’. Nina Jacob’s most successful project till date is The Hunger Games film series. This series has four parts to it and they falls under the purview of science-fiction, mixed with dystopian and adventure. It was released and distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation. Her other famous project was the trilogy series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which released in 2010, 2011 and 2012.