Goldcrest's Original Founder Jake Eberts Dies
Goldcrest extends their condolences to the family of Jake Eberts, the original founder and financier of Goldcrest responsible for producing some of the UK's best films and highlights of the Goldcrest film catalogue.
He was a much respected industry leader with a mission to make films with a positive impact on mankind. John Quested, Chairman of Goldcrest Films International Limited noted that “Jake made a wonderful contribution to establishing Goldcrest as a major film maker in its early years.”
Jake Eberts was a highly regarded film financier and original founder of Goldcrest in the 1970s where from 1979-1983 the company's films earned 30 Oscar nominations and won 15. He helped to revive the struggling British film industry with Oscar winning films including The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire and Gandi. Eberts worked closely throughout his career with established directors including Jean-Jacques Annaud, Sir Richard Attenborough, John Boorman and Roland Joffe.
Eberts' later successes as producer or exec producer included hit films, A River Runs Through It, James and the Giant Peach and Chicken Run (co-ex produced with Jeffrey Katzenberg). In 2002, Eberts became Chairman of National Geographic Feature Films where he exec produced Jean-Jacques Annaud's live action animal feature Two Brothers and was behind the incredibly successful international box office hit documentary March of the Penguins.