No one will be watching this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring race quite as closely as Jason Jacobson. It’s not just that this Film grad is a huge race fan; it’s that his job depends on it.
As a broadcast features producer for live segments on ESPN and ABC, Jacobson’s role at American Le Mans Series is primarily centered around producing content about the country’s biggest car races. Depending on what happens on the track, the story can change in an instant.
“I enjoy live sports because of the unpredictability. We can set the stage, create a storyline, and highlight the talent but we can’t predict who is going to win,” Jason says. “You have to stay alert because a small incident can completely change the outcome of a race.”
After getting an in from a fellow Full Sail grad and then working a year as a freelancer, Jason was hired on as a full-time producer in 2012. His days are spent creating custom content, managing creative personnel like the on-air talent, and working with drivers and teams for broadcast segments.
“I have been a sports car fan for as long as I can remember, so this is a perfect opportunity for me to utilize the skills I learned in college and apply them in an atmosphere I truly enjoy,” he says. “It’s really rewarding knowing that after all the long hours and hard work that my work can be seen on major networks anywhere in the world”
Of course, having to attend nearly every major sports car event in the country has turned out to be a fabulous perk.
“I can’t pick a favorite project, but my favorite tracks to work at would have to be Long beach and Baltimore. There is something really cool about watching sports cars racing at top speed through city streets.”