Ken Jacobson is one of the pioneers of Talent Management.
He was a founding member of the firm James/Levy/Jacobson 30 years ago, at a time when few actors had Managers, and few Managers existed.
Ken Jacobson's career started in 1975 as an actor. For 10 years he appeared in theater in New York, including playing the role of "David" in the Tony Award Winning Best Broadway Drama of 1983, Torch Song Trilogy.
After leaving acting, Jacobson worked for a short time in ABC primetime casting in New York.
In 1986, he moved to Los Angeles and began a career in Talent Management, and for the next 20 years was a partner in the firm of James/Levy/Jacobson. Along with his partners, Ken Jacobson contributed to kickstarting the careers of many unknown actors including James and Dave Franco, Jaimie Alexander, Michelle Williams, Mena Suvari and Erika Christensen. During those same years Jacobson personally launched many careers, including those of Hilary Swank, whom Jacobson signed as an unknown at 15, represented for 10 years ultimately placing in “Boys Don’t Cry” for which she won the Academy Award, and Ben Foster, who was discovered and signed by Jacobson at the age of 12, which began a 20 year relationship that catapulted Foster to the highest levels of respect in the Film industry.
In August of 2006, finding himself spending too much time running a company and not enough time to focus on servicing his clients, Jacobson left his twenty-year partnership and headed out on his own. For the past ten years he has continued to represent a small and very select list of actors, most of who are starring in film and television.
Pilot Season 2015 was a great one for Ken's clients...of the 10 actors on his list who were available for series, five booked pilots. With 98% of the membership of SAG/AFTRA unemployed, that statistic defies all odds, and speaks for itself.
Having discovered most of his clients as unknowns, Ken Jacobson's eye for talent and track record in developing careers is second to none. With only a few exceptions, he is the only manager his clients have ever had, and many of them have been with him since they were children.
In addition to management, Ken has also produced several films, including "ZACK AND REBA", with Brittany Murphy, Thomas Jane, Debbie Reynolds, Michael Jeter, Kathy Najimy, and Martin Mull, “KOUNTERFEIT” starring Hilary Swank, Ben Foster, and Mark Paul Gosselaar, and James Franco's first Directing effort, the short film "KYLE".
Jacobson is happily married, with two sons, and lives in Studio City.