GERALD I. ISENBERG
CHAIRMAN OF THE CAUCUS
Armed with an MBA as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School, Jerry
Isenberg began his film industry career in 1964 at Columbia Pictures rising to become
Assistant to the President, Abe Schneider. In 1968, he joined ABC-TV as Executive in
Charge of Production, supervising production of the first three years of the prestigious
"Movie-of-the-Week" He left the Network to become an executive producer for
Metromedia Producers Corporation where he produced the feature film, "Let The Good
Times Roll," the television series, "The Super," and the TV movies,
"It's Good to be Alive: The Roy Campanella Story," "Go Ask Alice,"
"The Great American Tragedy," "Betrayal," "Where Have All The
People Gone," and "Message To My Daughter," among others.
In 1973, he formed his own production entity, The Jozak Company. From
1973 to 1982, Jozak produced, at risk, the TV movies, "It Couldn't Happen To A Nicer
Guy," "Winner Take All," "Katherine," "James Dean, Portrait
Of A Friend," "Having Babies," "The Gift," "The Secret Life
of John Chapman," and "Secrets" plus many others including the
award-winning "The Defection of Simas Kudirka," and the pilot to the series
"Fame" under associations with Paramount TV and MGM TV. In 1979 Isenberg
directed the television movie "Seizure" starring Leonard Nimoy.
In 1982, Isenberg joined forces with businessman Richard Cohen to form
I&C Productions which produced the TV movies, "When She Says No," "The
Three Wishes Of Billy Grier," and "When Dreams come True." A separate arm
formed for feature films, Jozak-Decade Productions, produced "Forbidden," the
noted movie for Home Box Office starring Jacqueline Bisset and Jurgen Prochnow, and the
feature film, "The Clan Of The Cave Bear," for PSO and Warner Bros. which
starred Darryl Hannah.
One of the most active producers in Hollywood, Isenberg formed Phoenix
Entertainment Group, Inc. with Gerald W. Abrams in July of 1985 to provide a broader base
for creativity, production and distribution, serving as Chairman of the Board, as well as
being the Executive responsible for several major projects including the mini-series
"The Women of Brewster Place," starring Oprah Winfrey for ABC,
"Gotham," starring Tommy Lee Jones for Showtime and the ABC series
"Mariah" and "A Fine Romance". In it's short four year existence
Phoenix produced nearly 40 movies and mini-series.
January 1, 1989, Isenberg and Abrams sold Phoenix Entertainment Group,
Inc. to the Hearst Corporation and entered into long-term employment agreements wherein
Isenberg functioned as chief Executive Officer of Hearst Entertainment Productions, and
President and Chief Operating officer of Hearst Entertainment, the combined production and
distribution corporation. In the six years Isenberg served at Hearst, the Company produced
nearly 70 movies, pilots and mini-series.
From 1989 until 1993, Isenberg taught as an adjunct professor at the
UCLA Graduate School of Film and Television. The courses he taught included Management of
the Creative Process in Television and a two semester internship study program in
movie-for- television production.
In January 1994, Isenberg joined the faculty of the USC School of
Cinema-Television as a full professor and Executive Director of Electronic Media Programs.
As such, in addition to teaching, he is responsible for the development and expansion of
the television and interactive course work and facilities at the film school.
Isenberg is currently Chairman of the Caucus For Producers, Writers
& Directors, and on the boards of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and
the National Closed Captioning Institute. He is married to Carole, a producer/writer and
President of Just For Us Seminars Inc., and has two sons Joshua, 27 and Zachary, 24.