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Participant Media and UCLA School of Film & TV Announce Fellowship in Honor of Oscar-Winning Producer Jake Eberts

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 20, 2013 at 2:17PM

Participant Media and the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television have announced the formation of a distinguished fellowship in honor of Oscar-winning film producer Jake Eberts (1941-2012). "The Jake Eberts Fellowship for Social Impact Filmmaking" is for the school's graduate students focused on feature film development, social media and digital post-production.
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Jake Eberts
Jake Eberts

Participant Media and the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television have announced the formation of a distinguished fellowship in honor of Oscar-winning film producer Jake Eberts (1941-2012). "The Jake Eberts Fellowship for Social Impact Filmmaking" is for the school's graduate students focused on feature film development, social media and digital post-production.

Throughout his four-decade career, Eberts financed or produced more than 50 films, including Best Picture winners "Chariots of Fire," "Gandhi," "Driving Miss Daisy" and "Dances with Wolves." In total his produced films garnered a staggering 65 Oscar nominations, and 27 wins.

The fellowship was announced at an Eberts tribute held on February 19, where Participant's Jeff Skoll dubbed Eberts "the gentle giant of the film industry." In a rare clip of Eberts talking about his career, he mentioned that he didn't realize his desire to be a filmmaker until age 35.

Participant will underwrite the fellowship for the next five years.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.