Mark Jacobs has been documenting and sharing compelling stories in broadcast news and film for more than 30 years. His visually stunning and emotionally honest style has elevated projects for major television networks and motion picture corporations while being recognized by his peers with more than fifty awards to include 3 NATAS Prime Time Emmy nominations, 23 NATAS Regional Emmy’s, Edward R. Murrow, UPI, AP, NPPA, SDI and Telly awards. Anyone bravely struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, racism and other life challenges have always moved Mark. Each television series, documentary or narrative film that is connected to the human spirit attracts Mark. The sheer opportunity to emotionally move audiences to look in a mirror and ask, “what can I do to help or make a change” is gratifying enough for Mark.
In January 2008 Mark opened Zzyzx Films, a documentary house that has since gained notice for its ethically driven substance and advocacy. Zzyzx Films prides itself on celebrating storytellers who deliver awareness through aspirationally branded productions. Inspirational stories connected to extreme sports athletes, celebrities, public figures and simply those that make a difference by finding a need and delivering the answer to that need. Long gone are the stories about the issue. Zzyzx Films is about delivering stories about those that are doing the “work” to make a change. "Jesse's Story," Zzyzx’s first feature documentary, captures the spirit of a promising young surfer as he overcomes a career-ending spinal cord injury to lead and inspire others. Among other honors, “Jesse’s Story” garnered both the Jury and Audience Prizes for Best Documentary at the Malibu and San Diego Film Festivals.
Unique traits: Creative eye, strong love of how music motivates my creativity, love of cycling, family, empowering others to be actively involved in the overall goal of any project by listening and loving them, journalist, philanthroy and the level of love I have for my friends and family.
See Resume Link
23 NATAS Emmy Awards in Journalism
Unitied Press International Awards in Journalism
Associated Press Awards in Journalism
Edward R. Murrow
NATAS Daytime Emmy Nomination for Lucky Dog (CBS)
Nominated for Peabody