Executive Vice President
U.S. Reality and Syndicated Programming
For the past ten years, Holly Jacobs has been Executive Vice President of U.S. reality and syndicated programming for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). In this role, Jacobs oversees the development of non-scripted programming and leads the sales effort to broadcast and cable networks. Key highlights under her leadership include the multi-Emmy and Critic's Choice Award winning "Shark Tank", the prime time network relaunch of "The $100,000 Pyramid" hosted by Michael Strahan (ABC), the upcoming ABC summer series, "The Gong Show" and the multi-Emmy Award winning "The Dr. Oz Show" which has aired in first-run syndication for the past eight years.
Jacobs has received numerous entertainment honors, including:
-Multichannel Broadcast Group's "Wonder Woman" award in 2016
-Hollywood Reporter's "Top Reality Players" in 2014 and 2015
-Variety's "Daytime TV Impact Honoree" in 2015
-Hollywood Reporter's "Reality TV: 50 Most Powerful List" in 2011 and 2012
-Broadcasting & Cable's "Next Wave of Leaders" and "Top Women of Hollywood" in 2010
-Recipient of the Bernie Brillstein "Legacy" award in 2010
Jacobs was a mentor as part of the 2016 Women in Entertainment program, a partnership between The Hollywood Reporter and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and is on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. She is also a senior member of Sony's company-wide Innovation Task Force. She received her Master's Degree in Art Therapy from New York University.
Prior to SPT, Jacobs served as Executive Vice President, alternative development, at Fox Television Studios (FtvS) where she was responsible for all unscripted development, including reality, documentary, biography and hybrid programming for network and cable outlets. During her tenure, she oversaw the development and production of series such as "Celebrity Duets" and "Talk Show With Spike Feresten for Fox, "The Girls Next Door" for E!, "Inked" for A&E, and "Crowned" for CW.
Before joining FtvS in 2004, Jacobs was Executive Vice President, programming and development, at Buena Vista Productions, where she developed product for network, first-run syndication and cable. While there, the division launched "The Wayne Brady Show", which won six Daytime Emmy awards, including Best Talk Show and Best Talk Show Host in 2003 and Best Talk Show Host in 2004, as well as the syndicated version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" Prior to that, Jacobs was Vice President of Programming at ABC Daytime, where she had oversight of the Emmy Award winning show, "The View."
Before joining ABC, Jacobs produced several award-winning documentary films, including "Time Will Tell" which received the coveted Cine Golden Eagle award.