Writer and TV producer David Jacobs created two of the three longest-running dramas in television history: Dallas and Knots Landing. In a career spanning 24 years, he wrote or produced several TV movies and mini-series as well as more than 700 hours of episodic television, including such dramas as Midland Heights, Four Corners, Homefront, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and his personal favorite, Paradise, a Western that ran on CBS for three seasons.
Between 1961 and 1976, Jacobs, a painter-turned-writer, wrote many magazine articles about architecture and urban design for The New York Times Magazine and other publications, and short stories for magazines as diverse as Obstacle and Redbook. He also published ten books of non-fiction, mostly about the arts, and many for young readers. His last book was Chaplin, the Movies, and Charlie.
Jacobs and his wife Diana, an artist, sponsor two international scholarships. The first is a one-year program for a media graduate from the University of Stirling in Scotland to study at U.C.L.A and work in the entertainment industry. The other is a four-year program for a foreign art student at Jacobís alma mater, the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He now serves on their board of trustees.
Jacobs has three grown children and lives in Los Angeles. He teaches screen writing; works with organizations committed to the restoration, preservation, and exhibition of silent films; and is writing a novel about Andrew Carnegie and his imaginary friend.