Jake Eberts

Executive, Producer, Financier
A former Wall Street investor, the Montreal-born Jake Eberts began his career in features in the early 1970s arranging financing. After relocating to London, England, where he eventually rose to managing director of ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1941 in Montreal, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Producer (40)

A Walk in the Woods 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Midnight Sun (Hyde Park) 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Jerusalem 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

One: Life On The Limit 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Iron Man: Armored Adventures 2008 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Associate Producer

Oceans 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Illusionist 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Way Back 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Choir 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Whatever Lola Wants 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Doogal 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Renaissance 2006 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Magic Roundabout 2005 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

America's Heart and Soul 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Sacred Planet 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Two Brothers 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Open Range 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Prisoner of Paradise 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chicken Run 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Grey Owl 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Education of Little Tree 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wind in the Willows 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

James and the Giant Peach 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Arabian Knight 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

No Escape 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Super Mario Brothers 1993 (Movie)

(Producer)

A River Runs Through It 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

City of Joy 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Black Robe 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Get Back 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Dances With Wolves 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Last Exit to Brooklyn 1990 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Texasville 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Driving Miss Daisy 1989 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

White Mischief 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hope and Glory 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Name of the Rose 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Snow in August (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (1)

Poultry in Motion: The Making of Chicken Run 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former Wall Street investor, the Montreal-born Jake Eberts began his career in features in the early 1970s arranging financing. After relocating to London, England, where he eventually rose to managing director of Oppenheimer & Co., Ltd., he founded Goldcrest Films, a successful independent production company involved with such high-profile films as Richard Attenborough's Oscar-winning "Gandhi" (1982), Bill Forsyth's "Local Hero" (1983) and Roland Joffe's "The Killing Fields" (1984). Eberts served as president and CEO of Goldcrest until 1983 when he joined Embassy Pictures. In 1985, he founded Allied Filmmakers and the following year made his debut as executive producer with Jean-Jacques Annaud's "The Name of the Rose" (1986). Among the other features this risk-taking maverick produced or executive produced are John Boorman's Academy Award-nominated memoir of WWII London "Hope and Glory" (1987), the back-to-back Oscar winners "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) and "Dances With Wolves" (1990), Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It" (1992) and the delightful children's film "James and the Giant Peach" (1995). He returned to films with Native American themes as producer or executive producer of "The Education of Little Tree" (1997) and Attenborough's "Grey Owl" (1999). Eberts also served as an executive producer on the first feature from Aardman Animation, "Chicken Run" (2000), co-directed by Peter Lord and three-time Oscar-winner Nick Park. The maverick passed away on Sept. 6, 2012 in Montreal.

Relationships

Alex

Son

Dave

Son

Lindsay

Daughter

Fiona Eberts Special Thanks

Wife

EDUCATION

Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts

McGill University

Montreal , Quebec

Milestones

2010

Executive produced adventure drama "The Way Back," written and directed by Peter Weir

2009

Collaborated with Disney to executive produce nature documentary "Oceans"

2007

Executive produced musical documentary "The Choir"

2000

Re-teamed with director Robert Redford as producer of "The Legend of Bagger Vance"

2000

Executive produced "Chicken Run," the first animated feature produced through Aardman Animation; directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park

1999

Served as one of the producers of Richard Attenborough's "Grey Owl"

1997

Returned to Native American themes as executive producer of "The Education of Little Tree"

1996

Executive produced "James and the Giant Peach"

1994

Was executive producer of "No Escape"

1992

Served as executive producer of "A River Runs Through It," directed by Robert Redford

1992

Produced "City of Joy," directed by Roland Joffe

1991

Moved to Paris (date approximate)

1991

Reteamed with Beresford for "Black Robe"

1990

Executive produced Oscar-winning "Dances With Wolves," directed by and starring Kevin Costner

1989

Was one of the executive producers of the Academy Award-winning "Driving Miss Daisy," directed by Bruce Beresford

1987

Served as executive producer of the Oscar-nominated "Hope and Glory"

1985

Founded and became chief executive of Allied Filmmakers, an affiliate of Pathe

1984

Joined Hollywood film company Embassy Communications International as an executive

1979

Invested his own money in "Zulu Dawn" (1979); took almost a decade to extract himself from $750,000 debt

Founded and served as president and CEO of London-based Goldcrest film company

Worked on Wall Street

Returned to Goldcrest

Named managing director of Oppenheimer & Co, Ltd. in London

Bonus Trivia

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"The modus operandi of Hollywood is wrong-headed. Everyone in Hollywood spends their time talking to one another all day, then having dinner with the same people at night. The perks are outrageous, the power absolute, but it's a ludicrous, insular world, as reflected in the fact that is gives birth to so many mediocre pictures." – Eberts quoted in Variety, March 30, 1992

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"Jake Eberts is not exactly a household name in showbiz circles. He doesn't run a company, doesn't mingle with celebrities and never gets his name in the paper. The Paris-based Eberts has invented a profession for himself – a sort of gypsy producer and money-raiser, a Don Quixote of filmmakers, forever wandering the world's money markets, persuading people to invest in projects that are always a little over-the edge, a bit ahead of the curve." – Peter Bart quoted in Variety, March 30, 1992

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"Jake Eberts is not exactly small-time. At this moment in time he has some $105 million in production money spead across the globe – a veritable one-man studio. He has played a pivotal role in mounting such projects as 'Driving Miss Daisy,' 'Dances with Wolves,' 'The Name of the Rose,' 'Gandhi,' and 'Chariots of Fire.' They are all challenging and a tad unconventional – the sorts of films Hollywood would find nervous-making." – Peter Bart in Variety, March 30, 1992

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Eberts received the Film Producers Award of Merit in 1986.

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