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Jake Eberts


B: July 10, 1941 in Montréal, Québec
D: September 6, 2012 in Montréal, Québec

Born John David Eberts, the man everyone knew as Jake grew up in Québec’s northern mining region and was educated at Arvida High School and then at Bishops College School in the province’s Eastern Townships. He also studied at McGill University (Engineering 1962) and laterattended Harvard Business School (MBA 1966). After working as an engineer in Europe and a banker on Wall Street, he entered the entertainment industry in London in 1976. In 1977 he founded Goldcrest Films which became one of the most successful independent producers of motion pictures. In 1985 he started Allied Filmmakers, an independent feature film development and production company based in London and Paris. Over 35 years, he was the executive producer or producer of many internationally acclaimed feature films. In fact, his films earned 65 Oscar® nominations and 27 Oscars® including four Best Picture awards for Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Driving Miss Daisy and Dances With Wolves. In 1991 Eberts published his autobiography, My Decision is Final, and in June 1992, he was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada. In 1993 he became a Trustee of the Sundance Institute. He had also received honorary doctorates from McGill, Bishops and Trent Universities, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Citizenship Award.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Chariots of Fire (1981, executive producer)
The Name of the Rose (1986, executive producer)
Hope and Glory (1987 executive producer)
The Adventures of Baron Muncausen (1988, executive producer)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989, associate producer)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989, co-executive producer)

Texasville (1990, executive producer)
Dances With Wolves (1990. executive producer)
The Nutcracker Prince (1990. executive producer)
Black Robe (1991, executive producer)
City of Joy (1992, producer)
A River Runs Through It (1992, executive producer)
The Princess and the Cobbler (1993, executive producer)
Super Mario Bros. (1993, producer)
No Escape (1994, executive producer)
James and the Giant Peach (1996, executive producer)
The Wind in the Willows (1996, producer)
The Education of Little Tree (1997, producer)
Grey Owl (1999, executive producer)

Chicken Run (2000, executive producer)
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000, producer)
Snow in August (TV-2001, producer)
Prisoner or Paradise (2002. documentary, executive producer)
Open Range (2003, producer)
Guy Pearce’s Ultimate Guide to Tigers (VR-2004, documentary, executive producer)
Two Brothers (2004, producer)
America`s Heart and Soul (2004, documentary, executive producer)
Doogal (2006, executive producer)
Renaissance (2006, executive producer)
The Choir (2007, documentary, executive producer)
Whatever Lola Wants (2007, producer)
Journey to Mecca (2009, executive producer)
Oceans (2009, documentary, executive producer)

The Illusionist (2010, executive producer)
Roads to Mecca (2010, documentary, executive producer)
The Way Back (2010, executive producer)
Hidden Beauty: A Love Story That Feeds the Earth (2011, documentary, executive producer)

Black Robe, movie poster
Poster for the 1991 movie Black Robe courtesy of Alliance Films