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.
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.