David Jacobs

Raised in a humble Jewish household, David Jacobs would earn his fame by creating some of the wealthiest families in television history. After starting out as an illustrator and researcher for encyclopedias, Jacobs took ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1939

Filmography

Producer (17)

Alaskan Bush People 1979 - 1994, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Story Producer

Bodies of Evidence 1979 - 1994, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1979 - 1994, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Mysteries at the Museum 1979 - 1994, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Producer

Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-De-Sac 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Moloney 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Profiles 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Knots Landing Block Party 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Secrets of Midland Heights 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Married: The First Year 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Producer

A Perfect Match (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Behind the Screen (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Berrenger's (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Dallas: The Early Years (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Four Corners (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lace (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Writer (7)

Brain Games 1979 - 1994, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Writer

Dallas 2011 - 2014 (TV Show)

Creator

Dallas: J.R. Returns 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Dallas 1977 - 1991 (TV Show)

Creator

Chicago Story 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer

Dallas: War of the Ewings (TV Show)

Characters as Source Material

Family (TV Show)

Writer
Actor (3)

Dallas: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Knots Landing 1979 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Guns of Paradise 1988 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Raised in a humble Jewish household, David Jacobs would earn his fame by creating some of the wealthiest families in television history. After starting out as an illustrator and researcher for encyclopedias, Jacobs took a chance on screenwriting, eventually finding work on such series as "Family" and "Kingston: Confidential". He wrote a script called "Houston" about a Texas oil magnate and cattle rancher, his family, and the internal power struggles over their empire. Houston was relocated and renamed "Dallas", which became a hit for CBS, as well as one of the longest-running series in television history (1978 to 1991). Prior to "Dallas", Jacobs had pitched a soap centered on four married couples, but abandoned it when CBS insisted on a glitzy "saga"-type show instead. After "Dallas" became a hit, Jacobs's premise was resurrected as "Knots Landing", a spin-off of "Dallas" that ran from 1979 to 1993. In writing about his '80s successes for the New York Times, Jacobs claimed the main difference between "Knots Landing" and evening soaps like "Dallas" was the former's fundamentally middle-class underpinnings. He wrote: "The pleasure of watching "Dynasty" and "Dallas" and "Falcon Crest" was voyeuristic "Dynasty" and "Dallas" and "Falcon Crest" were about Them. "Knots Landing" is about us." Jacobs's other credits during the '80s and '90s included the short-lived series "Berrenger's", which revolved around a department store; the war drama "Homefront", which he executive-produced; and a "Knots Landing" reunion miniseries in 1997.

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