Jacob Whitley has worked as a producer and line producer in the film industry since 2010. His first project was the independent feature film Edge which Jacob produced and financed. Being a detective thriller, he leveraged the resources of his uncle, Captain Jim Enright of the La Palma Police Department, who acted as the film's police operations specialist and allowed the crew to shoot Edge at the police station with realistic sets and vehicles lent by the police department
After finding VOD distribution for Edge, Mr. Whitley worked on Ubisoft's promotional film project "Tom Clancy - The Division: Dark Winter" as the Line Producer. During this 17 hour shoot, he found the crew quickly falling behind. Taking the lead on the project, he rearranged the shooting schedule on the fly which allowed for production to be completed on time with all the proper shots in the can to make the project complete.
In 2014 he was called in as a replacement producer on the feature film, Hide and Go Seek starring Vernon Wells. The production dates and low budget had already been set, but with less than a month to pull the project together, Mr. Whitley was able to bring the project in under budget and on schedule. As of March 2017, the film is in the distribution process with potential deals in the discussion stage.
In 2015 Mr. Whitley was hired onto the country music film Buckshot starring Tim deZarn. Due to the extremely low budget of $38,000, he had to pull together every resource he had as well as wear every hat in the production department just to complete the project on time and under budget. Post-production is currently finalizing the film for distribution under the supervision of the director/executive producer.
During that summer, Mr. Whitley worked as a production coordinator with the commercial company, Film Orange, on several commercial projects for clients such as Land Rover and Goodwill. During this time, he worked very briefly with the pre-production team as an Office Assistant under the Coordinator for the motion picture La La Land, the winner of 5 Academy Awards in 2017.
Mr. Whitley earned his Bachelor's degree in Communications: Radio/TV/Film from Cal State Fullerton in 2014. Continuing his education, he earned a Project Management Certification in 2016 from Cal State Fullerton and an MBA Overview Certification from Professor Chris Haroun through Udemy.com in 2017. While continuing to run his film production company as well as his co-owned carpet cleaning business with his father, Jacob is currently pursuing a second degree in accounting and plans to achieve his CPA by the end of 2019.