Educated as a painter, David Jacobs graduated from art college in 1961. He began writing about art, mostly architecture, in the 60s and published ten books and many magazine articles. He switched to writing fiction in the 70s and published quite a few short stories, then switched one more time to writing and producing for television in the 80s and 90s. His television career worked best for him. Among the many dramatic series he created and produced, the most successful commercially were Dallas and Knots Landing, which ran forever. The most artistically successful series were flops.
Jacobs retired from television in 2000, but he is currently a producer-of-record of a possibly forthcoming motion picture version of Dallas. He sits on a board or two here and there, plays pétanque, reads history obsessively, and works with organizations committed to the restoration, preservation, and exhibition of silent films, about which he is passionate. He is even more passionate about his work with political organizations and figures who believe, as he does, that the airwaves belong to the public.
Jacobs lives in Los Angeles with his wife Diana, who is an artist. They have three grown children, two of whom are writers and one who is pursuing her PhD in forensic sociology and psychology.