Executive Vice President
U.S. Reality and Syndicated Programming
Holly Jacobs currently serves as Executive Vice President of U.S. Reality and Syndicated Programming for Sony Pictures Television (SPT), a role she has held since 2008. Throughout her tenure, Jacobs has overseen the development of multi-Emmy award winning and culturally impactful series, that both established and continue to define new genres of television with “Shark Tank” and “The Dr. Oz Show,” while also leading the sales efforts for non-scripted programming to broadcast, cable, and streaming outlets.
Recent highlights of Jacob’s leadership also include the ABC prime time network relaunch of "The $100,000 Pyramid" hosted by Michael Strahan now in its 3rd season, "The Gong Show" which returns for a second season this summer on ABC and TBS's “Snoop Dogg presents the Joker's Wild.” Additionally, she and her team are currently in production on one of the premiere non-scripted offerings from Netflix with the upcoming docu-series “7 Days Out” and have successfully shepherded both “Shark Tank” and “The Dr. Oz Show” into their respective tenth seasons, with continued success in both the ratings and with audiences.
Jacobs has received numerous honors and accolades for her innovation and leadership in the entertainment industry, including:
▪ 2017 Variety's Women's Impact Report
▪ 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
Holly is as passionate about creating meaningful programming as she is in her commitment to creating meaningful change through the mentoring and development of women across the entertainment industry. In 2016 she served as a mentor for the Women in Entertainment program, a partnership between The Hollywood Reporter and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and she currently sits 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.
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 the Walt Disney Company, 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. She holds a Master's Degree in Art Therapy from New York University.