A graduate from the California Institute of the Arts film and television program, Rick Jacobson began his professional filmmaking career with legendary film producer Roger Corman when he hired Jacobson to direct the martial arts actioner “FULL CONTACT” - Jacobson’s first full-length feature film, at the age of 21.
With 15 feature films spanning action / horror / thriller / comedy / romance to his credit, Jacobson transitioned to the small screen where he has served as director, producer and writer of over 100 episodes of episodic television.
For “SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND” Jacobson was called upon to helm the first two episodes where he defined the look, style and design of the groundbreaking series. Over the following IV seasons, Jacobson added in the role of Producer where he helped guide the production through its enormous visual and technical challenges while continuing to direct the series most demanding episodes - including the critically acclaimed series finale entitled, “Victory”.
For the series “ASH VS EVIL DEAD” Jacobson was once again was enlisted as Executive Producer and Writer as well as series Director for all III seasons of the horror / comedy’s successful run. For the climatic final two episodes of the series, Jacobson wrote as well directed - cementing the destiny of the franchises iconic lead character, Ash Williams.
Following "AvED", Jacobson’s skills were called upon with History Channel's large scale production - “KNIGHTFALL” - A dramatic series based on the exploits of the 13th century Knights Templar. Filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, Jacobson serves as Executive Producer and series Director where he reconcieved the look and style of the series.
Recently Jacobson served as Executive Producer on the follow up to 2016's successful horror / thriller "DON'T BREATHE" for Lionsgate / Sony Pictures followed by helming the Netflix romantic comedy feature film entitled, "THE ROYAL TREATMENT". TRT went on to be the #1 most watched Netflix film in the world its first three weeks of release. Currently the film still resides in the Top 10 most watched movies on the streaming platform reaching over 214 million homes in over 190 countries.
Jacobson's latest producing / directorial project, "The CLEANER" based on a crime novel of the same name is currently in Post Production and being produced and distributed by Lionsgate / Sky television.
Rick Jacobson lives in both Auckland New Zealand and Los Angeles California.