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The Executive Producers

Michael Jacobs (Executive Producer) is the youngest playwright to ever open on Broadway. At twenty-two years old, his play Cheaters ran at the Biltmore Theater and then internationally. His next play, Getting Along Famously opened Off-Broadway at the Hudson Guild Theater.


In television, Michael has enjoyed long runs with several half-hour comedies he has created, written and produced. Among these are, Boy Meets World, Dinosaurs and Lost at Home for ABC, My Two Dads and The Torkelsons for NBC, and Charles in Charge for CBS. My Two Dads was the winner of The People’s Choice Award for Best New Comedy. Dinosaurs was nominated for two Emmy Awards and won one, as well as being the recipient of the Environmental Media Award three years in a row.


Boy Meets World and Dinosaurs went on to be syndicated, and along with The Torkelsons, also run on The Disney Channel. Charles in Charge was a pioneer of first run syndication, and is seen all over the world. In motion pictures, Michael produced Quiz Show, which won the New York Drama Critics Award, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Jerry Offsay (Executive Producer) left his position as President of Programming for Showtime Networks in 2003 to form his own production company, Parkchester Pictures. In the first year after his departure he executive produced six films, three of which were accepted at the Sundance Film Festival. He also was the creative consultant on Keeping Up With the Steins.


During his ten-year tenure at Showtime Networks, he was responsible for all programming functions of Showtime Networks Inc. and for more than tripling Showtime’s original programming slate of series and films. Many of these programs have appeared in the Venice, Toronto, Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals and have garnered Emmy®, Golden Globe™, and CableACE awards among others.


Jerry green-lit Soldier’s Girl and Tennessee Williams’ The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone which both won a total of 5 Golden Globe nominations. Critically acclaimed projects that have aired under Jerry’s management included: The Believer, Hiroshima, 12 Angry Men, Mandela and deKlerk, Inherit the Wind, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Bojangles, Laughter on the 23rd Floor and The Day Reagan Was Shot. Amongst the television series that Jerry was responsible for green-lighting are Queer as Folk, Soul Food and The L Word.


Prior to joining Showtime Networks, Jerry served as Executive Vice President, ABC Productions for Capital Cities/ABC Inc., where he was responsible for all production and distribution. Before assuming his position at ABC Productions, Jerry was President, RKO Pictures. He served as executive producer on films including Eight Men Out, Diabolique, and Hamburger Hill as well as co-producer on Narrow Margin.

Irv Weintraub (Executive Producer) moved to Los Angeles in 1975 at the age of twenty one upon graduation from Pace University, where he earned a B.A. in Public Accounting.


He joined Deloitte & Touche, becoming a partner in 1986, and served as Director of Retail Service for their Southern California office, specializing in providing accounting and consulting services to both publicly and privately held retailers.


Irv joined the William Morris Agency in 1990, where he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In 2004 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


Irv is involved with numerous charitable and civic affiliations which include: AIPAC, American Jewish University, Jerusalem Foundation and Venice Family Clinic. He is also a Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Member, California Society of CPA’s.

Amy Janes (Producer) Upon graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a BFA in Film Studies, Amy was invited to sit on the board of the non-profit, art based organization Project YES (Youth Envisioning Social change) which provides leadership opportunities for young people through the arts and service learning.


In pursuit of her master’s degree in film with an eye on teaching at the college level, Amy found herself in Los Angeles in the Producer’s Program at UCLA. While studying for a MFA she worked hand-in-hand with the ArtsBridge Foundation.


Amy put aside her desire to teach at the higher level to further her knowledge of the film industry. She is the Head of Film Production at Parkchester Pictures, working with Jerry Offsay, the former President of Programming for Showtime Networks. Together they are developing and producing a slate of feature films and documentaries.


She has recently directed her own documentary Kaziah the Goat Woman.

Michael Rosendale (Producer) began his career in TV news, shooting and editing for the ABC affiliate in Richmond, Virginia. He quickly moved into film working on Michael Mann’s Manhunter. He was Unit Manager on Oliver Stone’s Platoon, shot in the Philippines during the Marcos revolution.


Michael then set up his own production company, Task at Hand Productions, where he produced three major industrial programs including the 1993 Telly Award-winning, Caremark and A.I.S for the International Aids Conference in Amsterdam, and five one-hour episodes of Kilroy!, the top rated BBC talk show. For MTV, he produced Forget Your Name: a Documentary of the Rave Underground. Clips of it aired on 60 Minutes, 20/20 and Dateline. He also produced numerous music videos for Polygram, A & M, and Warner Brothers.


Warner Brothers also commissioned Michael and his Academy Award-nominated co-producer, Nick Redman, to make A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and the Searchers. This highly acclaimed documentary won the Gold Plaque at the 2000 Chicago Film Festival. Rosendale and Redman also co-produced and directed From Dollars to Donuts, a documentary on the making of The First Nudie Musical, featuring Cindy Williams and Ron Howard.

The Producers

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