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:
Chariots of Fire (1981, executive producer)
Texasville (1990, executive producer)
Chicken Run (2000, executive producer)
The Illusionist (2010, executive producer)