Matt Jackson, a film producer and who has served as an executive at several production companies over his long career, has been named head of film production and acquisitions at The Mark Gordon Co., where he will be charged with overseeing the company’s film operations. Jackson most recently led development and production at IM Global as president of production, where he produced films including The Secret In Their Eyes starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor and released by STX. He also executive produced Gary Ross’ Free State Of Jones which stars Matthew McConaughey and is set for release (also via STX) on June 24.
Jackson, who will report to Gordon, will manage day-to-day development and production on projects and identify feature content for acquisition by the company.
“Matt is a terrifically talented producer with great creative instincts and excellent taste. He knows how to put movies together and is an advocate for unique creative voices and captivating original stories. We look forward to building a robust film slate together,” said Gordon in a statement announcing the hire.
While at IM Global, Jackson also developed and produced The Journey helmed by Nick Hamm and starring Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Freddie Highmore and John Hurt, as well as Eran Creevy’s upcoming action thriller Collide starring Nicholas Hoult and Anthony Hopkins. In addition, he also did the same for the horror thriller Viral and the upcoming Southside With You, which premiered this year at Sundance and was just acquired by Miramax and Roadside Attractions.
Prior to his stint at IM Global, he served as the EVP and Head of U.S. Production at Exclusive Media and produced Gillian Flynn’s novel adaptation of Dark Places starring Charlize Theron, as well as Peter Landesman’s JFK picture Parkland. He also produced the David Ayer thriller End Of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick and America Ferrera and Snitch starring Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon.
Before joining Exclusive, Jackson served as SVP Production at The Kennedy/Marshall Company for three years. He has also held executive production and development positions at Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures.