Executive Vice President
Programming and Production, Networks
Marie Jacobson serves as executive vice president, programming and production, networks for Sony Pictures Television's (SPT). Based at SPT's headquarters in Culver City, California, Jacobson is charged with the overall programming and production of all SPT-owned and operated channel investments. She oversees program and format acquisitions, original series production, program development and program planning for the group. She is responsible for the strategic programming and brand direction for all new linear and digital network ventures as well as producing and acquiring the highest-caliber SPT and third-party programming.
In addition to spearheading SPT Networks' recent foray into global original series development like Hannibal, Crossing Lines and The Firm, Jacobson has acquired and adapted the format rights to many of the industry's top scripted and unscripted series for broadcast across SPT Networks. Jacobson's team has led the production management and local execution of numerous local-language versions of homegrown and third party formats such as The Amazing Race for AXN Asia; Next Top Model for Canal Sony Brazil and Latin America; Big Brother for SET India; Cash Cab for AXN Asia; Minute To Win It for AXN India; Los Caballeros Las Prefieren Brutas for Canal Sony; Pop Idol for SET India and Canal Sony Latin America; Yo Soy Betty, La Fea for SET India; and Dancing With The Stars for SET India.
Jacobson also has oversight of digital programming on SPT's 70+ branded digital platforms around the world. This includes digital program and product development, digital video and non-video deployment strategies and the overarching cross-platform brand direction for SPT Networks. Jacobson has overseen the development and/or deployment of such multi-platform series as Afterworld, Woke Up Dead with Jon Heder, The Confession with Kiefer Sutherland, as well as intheQube 3D, SPT Networks' signature 3D multi-platform series on Sony's 3Net for Imax and Discovery joint-venture.
Jacobson previously served as senior vice president, programming and production, international networks, since 2003. Prior to that she was senior vice president, programming, international networks, since 2000.
Prior to joining SPT, Jacobson served as chief executive officer of TV1, the FOXTEL - AUSTAR Pay-TV channel partnership of Sony, Universal and CBS Paramount in Australia. She assumed the CEO position after serving as the channel's head of programming and acquisitions. Before TV1, Jacobson served as director, programming and special projects for Comedy Central in New York. She joined Comedy Central as manager, program planning and scheduling. Jacobson also held positions at Columbia TriStar Television Distribution (now Sony Pictures Television) in Los Angeles, including manager, sales administration, and analyst, television research. Jacobson's career began as a television research associate for Paramount Domestic Television in Los Angeles.
Jacobson graduated from UCLA with a BA in history and business.