Michael Jacobs (producer)

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Michael Jacobs
Michael Jacobs 2013-08-15 18-15.jpg
Jacobs in 2006
Born (1955-06-28) June 28, 1955 (age 63)
OccupationTelevision creator, writer, producer
Years active1982–present

Michael Jacobs (born June 28, 1955) is an American television creator, writer and producer whose work has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway, television and film. He is the creator/producer or has written and developed several television series including Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs, Charles in Charge, My Two Dads, The Torkelsons and Girl Meets World. His television shows have won the Emmy, People's Choice, Parent's Choice, Environmental Media Awards, and more.

Early life[edit]

Jacobs was born June 28, 1955 in Highland Park, New Jersey.[1] Jacobs grew up in New York City, New York; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Los Angeles, California.[1]

Career[edit]

Jacobs began his career as a writer and an actor.[1] As an actor, he toured with the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, appeared in a Los Angeles production of Godspell, and made an appearance on the soap-opera Days of Our Lives.[1]

His play, Cheaters, had its premiere in South Florida in 1977, winning the Carbonell Award for "Best New Play." It opened in 1978 at the Biltmore Theatre in New York, starring Doris Roberts, Jack Weston, Lou Jacobi and Rosemary Murphy, when he was twenty-two years old, making him one of the youngest playwrights in Broadway history.[2] His next play, Getting Along Famously was produced off-Broadway in 1984, at the Hudson Guild Theatre. His play, Impressionism opened on Broadway in 2009 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, starring Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen.

He was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe, National Board of Review and BAFTA Award for Best Film for producing the 1994 motion picture, Quiz Show, which also won the New York Film Critics Circle Award.[citation needed] He won the People's Choice Award (Best New Comedy) for My Two Dads and was nominated for the Emmy Award (Outstanding Children's Program) for Girl Meets World in 2015 and again in 2016, and once again in 2017, which was also nominated for the Humanitas Prize, the WGA Award, the PGA Award, as well as the Kids' Choice Award and Teen Choice Award.[3]

In 2007, he produced the documentary, As Seen Through These Eyes, about artists who were captured during the Holocaust and at risk of their lives created visual records so the world would know what happened. The film is narrated by Maya Angelou, (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings) and has been named "Best Film" or "Best Documentary" at multiple film festivals nationally and internationally.

Television[edit]

His production company, Michael Jacobs Productions, has been in long-term development partnerships with Universal Studios, TriStar Pictures, Disney, and NBC Studios. His television shows have appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Disney Channel and The WB television networks.

Boy Meets World[edit]

In 2013, Boy Meets World celebrated its twentieth anniversary on television, having been broadcast continuously since 1993 on ABC, Disney Channel, and currently on ABC Family, TeenNick and MTV 2. Michael and the cast were reunited in June, 2013, as the featured panel at the second annual ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. He was quoted there as saying, "I don't see anything on television right now that is speaking to the audience I have always spoken to and care very much about." Girl Meets World premiered on June 27, 2014 and was picked up for its second season on August 6, 2014 as the number one television show for kids.[4]

In 2018, all episodes of Boy Meets World along with Dinosaurs began their run on the streaming service, Hulu.[5]

Michael is also the writer or co-writer of the theme songs for Charles In Charge, My Two Dads, The Torkelsons and Lost at Home.

Film[edit]

  • As Seen Through These Eyes (Documentary) 2007
  • Quiz Show 1994

Television[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Award Won/Nominated
1988 My Two Dads People's Choice Awards (Favorite New TV Comedy Program) Won[6]
1991 Dinosaurs (TV series) TCA Award (Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming) Nominated[7]
1992 Dinosaurs Kid's Choice Award (Favorite TV Show) Won[7]
Environmental Media Award (TV Comedy) Won[7]
1993 Dinosaurs Environmental Media Award (TV Comedy) Won[7]
1994 Quiz Show Academy Award for Best Picture Nominated[8]
Golden Globe Award (Best Motion Picture) Nominated[8]
BAFTA Award for Best Film Nominated[8]
New York Film Critics Circle Awards (Best Film) Won[8]
1995 Dinosaurs Environmental Media Award (TV Comedy) Won[7]
1999 Boy Meets World Kid's Choice Award (Favorite TV Show) Nominated[9]
2000 Boy Meets World Kid's Choice Award (Favorite TV Show) Nominated[9]
2014 Girl Meets World Teen Choice Award (Choice Summer TV Show) Nominated[10]
WGA Award (Children's Script) Nominated[10]
2015 Girl Meets World Emmy Award (Outstanding Children's Program) Nominated[10]
WGA Award (Children's Script) Nominated[10]
2016 Girl Meets World Emmy Award (Outstanding Children's Program) Nominated[10]
Kid's Choice Award (Favorite TV Show) Nominated[10]
Teen Choice Award (Choice TV: Summer Show) Nominated[10]
WGA Award (Children's Script) Nominated[10]
2017 Girl Meets World Emmy Award (Outstanding Children's Program) Nominated[10]
Humanitas Prize Nominated[10]
Kid's Choice Award Nominated[10]
PGA Award (Season 2, Season 3) Nominated[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Inside the Playbill: Cheaters - Jan 1978 at Biltmore Theatre". Playbill Vault. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Cheaters". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Girl Meets World - Awards & Nominations". emmys.com. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Sabrina Carpenter goes to high school in "Girl Meets World" new season". mcall.com. The Morning Call. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  5. ^ Spangler, Todd (2017-09-29). "Hulu Lands 'Home Improvement,' 'Boy Meets World,' 'Dinosaurs' Exclusive Streaming Rights". Variety. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  6. ^ "My Two Dads wins Favorite New TV Comedy". peopleschoice.com. One Three Digital, LLC. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Dinosaurs - Awards - IMDb". imdb.com. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d "Quiz Show - Awards - IMDb". imdb.com. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Boy Meets World - Awards - IMDb". imdb.com. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Girl Meets World - Awards - IMDb". imdb.com. IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 23 February 2017.

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