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Also Known As: John David Eberts Died: September 6, 2012
Born: July 10, 1941 Cause of Death: Undetermined
Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, CA Profession: executive, producer, financier

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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...

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.

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Worked on Wall Street
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Named managing director of Oppenheimer & Co, Ltd. in London
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Founded and served as president and CEO of London-based Goldcrest film company
1979:
Invested his own money in "Zulu Dawn" (1979); took almost a decade to extract himself from $750,000 debt
1984:
Joined Hollywood film company Embassy Communications International as an executive
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Returned to Goldcrest
1985:
Founded and became chief executive of Allied Filmmakers, an affiliate of Pathe
1987:
Served as executive producer of the Oscar-nominated "Hope and Glory"
1989:
Was one of the executive producers of the Academy Award-winning "Driving Miss Daisy," directed by Bruce Beresford
1990:
Executive produced Oscar-winning "Dances With Wolves," directed by and starring Kevin Costner
1991:
Reteamed with Beresford for "Black Robe"
1991:
Moved to Paris (date approximate)
1992:
Produced "City of Joy," directed by Roland Joffe
1992:
Served as executive producer of "A River Runs Through It," directed by Robert Redford
1994:
Was executive producer of "No Escape"
1996:
Executive produced "James and the Giant Peach"
1997:
Returned to Native American themes as executive producer of "The Education of Little Tree"
1999:
Served as one of the producers of Richard Attenborough's "Grey Owl"
2000:
Executive produced "Chicken Run," the first animated feature produced through Aardman Animation; directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park
2000:
Re-teamed with director Robert Redford as producer of "The Legend of Bagger Vance"
2007:
Executive produced musical documentary "The Choir"
2009:
Collaborated with Disney to executive produce nature documentary "Oceans"
2010:
Executive produced adventure drama "The Way Back," written and directed by Peter Weir
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Education

McGill University: Montreal , Quebec -
Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts -

Notes

"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." --Jake Eberts quoted in VARIETY, March 30, 1992

"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 alittle over-the edge, a bit ahead of the curve." --Peter Bart in VARIETY, March 30, 1992

"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

Eberts received the Film Producers Award of Merit in 1986.

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wife:
Fiona Eberts.

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