By Ryan Faughnder
Los Angeles Times
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson make up one of the most successful filmmaking teams working today. Their production company, “Color Force.” has been riding high with a string of hits including the recent summer smash “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Los Angeles Times
In summer 2016, movie producer Nina Jacobson accompanied her 16-year-old daughter on a visit to her alma mater, Brown University, and the memories came flooding back.
Walking along the green lawns and Gothic buildings of the Providence, R.I., campus, Jacobson recalled her first two years of college when she struggled with the fact that she was gay.
“I realized so much of my college years were spent not wanting to be gay,” she said. “I just imagined how different it would be if I were going through that experience in 2016 as opposed to 1984.”
Jacobson drew upon those memories when she was developing scripts for FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” about the killer who murdered the flamboyant fashion designer. She knew that taking audiences back to the homophobia of decades past would make the story powerful for contemporary viewers.
An instinct for finding the personal relevance in stories has served Jacobson well since her career as a top studio executive came to an abrupt end 12 years ago, when Walt Disney Co. fired her.
Since then, Jacobson, 53, has made a remarkable comeback. The hard-charging executive and her producing partner Brad Simpson, 45, make up one of the most successful filmmaking teams working today.
Their nine-person Los Angeles production company, Color Force, has been riding high with a string of hit franchises, such as “The Hunger Games,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and the recent summer smash “Crazy Rich Asians.”
The four “Hunger Games” movies alone grossed nearly $3 billion globally.