Gregory Jacobs (born August 14, 1968) is an American film director, assistant director, producer, and screenwriter. He has frequently collaborated with several film directors, most notably Steven Soderbergh, as well as directing himself, having overseen projects such as Criminal (2004), Wind Chill (2007) and Magic Mike XXL (2015).

Gregory Jacobs
Jacobs in 2015
Born (1968-08-14) August 14, 1968 (age 55)
Other namesGreg Jacobs
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
Occupation(s)Film director, assistant director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1987–present
SpouseHeather Jacobs[1]

Early life


Jacobs was born and raised in Harrington Park, New Jersey, where he attended Harrington Park Elementary School and was first introduced to film making by 7th grade teacher, Eugene Kennedy. He was further educated at Northern Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan.[2] Jacobs is the son of Rafael Jacobs, who works as a lawyer, and Marti Jacobs.[1] He has a brother, Douglas Jacobs, who is the president of Integrated Sports Media, a sports firm, located in Hoboken.[2] Jacobs is also a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts.[3] During a hiatus from the school in 1986, he worked as an assistant director to John Sayles on the independent film Matewan.[2][4]



Jacobs has been active as an assistant director in his career for film directors such as the Coen brothers, Richard Linklater, Sayles, John Schlesinger and Steven Soderbergh.[2] Jacobs first began cooperating with Soderbergh in 1993 on King of the Hill.[5][6] In 2004, Jacobs released Criminal, his first feature film as a director, which he also wrote the script and helped produce.[7] His second project was Wind Chill, announced in October 2005. It premiered in 2007.[8][9] In March 2014, it was reported that Jacobs would helm Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the first film,[10][11] with Soderbergh acting instead as an executive producer, cinematographer and film editor.[10][12]



For his involvement as one of the producers of Behind the Candelabra, Jacobs won an Emmy Award in the category Outstanding Miniseries or Movie, which he shared along with Jerry Weintraub, Susan Ekins and Michael Polaire.[13] The same year, he was also the recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series,[14] as well as the PGA Award, Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television.[15]


Year Title Notes
1989 Shag Additional second assistant director
1990 Elliot Fauman, Ph.D. Assistant director
Tune in Tomorrow Second assistant director
Miller's Crossing Second assistant director
1991 City of Hope Second assistant director
Thousand Pieces of Gold Second assistant director
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare Second assistant director
Little Man Tate Second assistant director
Lonely Hearts First assistant director
1992 Under Cover of Darkness First assistant director
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Assistant production supervisor (Second unit)
Simple Men First assistant director
1993 Family Prayers First assistant director
The Music of Chance First assistant director
King of the Hill First assistant director
Naked in New York First assistant director
1994 Foreign Student Assistant director
Amateur First assistant director
1995 Before Sunrise Associate producer
The Underneath First assistant director
Pie in the Sky First assistant director
1996 Eye for an Eye First assistant director
A Very Brady Sequel First assistant director
1998 The Newton Boys First assistant director
Goodbye Lover Assistant director
Out of Sight First assistant director
I'll Be Home for Christmas First assistant director
1999 The Limey First assistant director
2000 Erin Brockovich First assistant director
Price of Glory First assistant director (Second unit)
Traffic First assistant director
2001 Ocean's Eleven First assistant director
2002 Full Frontal Producer
Solaris Executive producer
2004 Criminal Directorial debut; screenwriter, producer
Eros Segment: "Equilibrium"; producer
Ocean's Twelve Co-producer
2005 Bubble Producer
2006 The Good German Producer
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Executive producer
Wind Chill Director
2008 Che Executive producer
2009 The Girlfriend Experience Producer
The Informant! Producer
2011 Contagion Producer
Haywire Producer
2012 Magic Mike Producer
2013 Side Effects Producer
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Producer
2015 Magic Mike XXL Director, producer
Blackway Screenwriter, producer
2017 Logan Lucky Producer
2019 The Laundromat Producer
2022 Dog Producer
Year Title Notes
2013 Behind the Candelabra Producer
2014–15 The Knick 20 episodes; executive producer
2014–17 Red Oaks 20 episodes; screenwriter, executive producer
2023 Extrapolations Upcoming series; executive producer


  1. ^ a b c Strauss, Robert (September 19, 2004). "In person; first take at directing for a film hand". The New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Amdur, Neil (August 7, 2014). "Award-winning TV producer got start in Harrington Park Elementary film class". North Jersey Media Group. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Gregory Jacobs biography". São Paulo International Film Festival. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Crust, Kevin (September 10, 2004). "Second banana to top dog". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  5. ^ McCarthy, Todd (May 20, 1993). "Review: 'King of the Hill'". Variety. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  6. ^ Salovaara, Sarah (June 30, 2015). "'Magic Mike XXL' Director Gregory Jacobs steps out of Steven Soderbergh's shadow". Indiewire. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  7. ^ Chocano, Carina (September 10, 2004). "'Criminal' pulls off a fresh caper drama". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  8. ^ Saney, Daniel (October 21, 2005). "Jacobs to direct 'Wind Chill' horror". Digital Spy. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  9. ^ Chang, Justin (April 27, 2007). "Review: 'Wind Chill'". Variety. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "'Magic Mike' sequel will be called 'Magic Mike XXL,' directed by Steven Soderbergh's AD". The Huffington Post. March 29, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  11. ^ White, James (March 30, 2014). "Greg Jacobs directing Magic Mike sequel". Empire. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  12. ^ Vishnevetsky, Ignatiy (May 20, 2014). ""Retired" Steven Soderbergh will be lighting, shooting, and editing Magic Mike XXL". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  13. ^ "Behind the Candelabra wins 11 Emmys; HBO picks up 27 in all". Home Box Office (HBO). September 23, 2013. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  14. ^ "DGA Awards: The winners". The Hollywood Reporter. January 25, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  15. ^ "25th Annual PGA Awards: First-Ever Tie For Best Motion Picture – 'Gravity' And '12 Years A Slave'; 'Breaking Bad' & 'Modern Family' Take Top TV Awards; Winners List". January 19, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2015.