James Jaeger is a Telly Award-winning filmmaker (grandfather, producer of the first medical training films in the United States (and the founder of the Department of Neurosurgery at Jefferson Medical College/Hospital), Mr. Jaeger began his career in entertainment around 1973 with the Valley Forge Music Fair working on such shows as THE CARPENTERS, THE DAVID BRENNER SHOW, THE PEGGY FLEMMING SHOW and THE SONNY & CHER SHOW.
Between 1974 and 1977 he held positions with various companies (among which were NFL FILMS and WRS LABS) specializing in the processing and printing of motion picture film. Positions held included negative-prep technician, panel printer, photometer technician, color timer and ultimately, laboratory manager. Also active as a free-lance photographer and cameraman during the same period, Mr. Jaeger serviced over 300 clients (from Seattle to Philadelphia) on portrait and commercial projects, as well as, college/high school football and soccer games (including the US-Mexican Olympic Soccer game of 1974).
Relocating to Hollywood, California in 1977, Mr. Jaeger worked on about a dozen feature films in numerous capacities over the course of 11 years. Specific positions held in rough chronological order were: production still photographer, set carpenter, best boy, camera operator, assistant editor, music editor, 35mm editor and director. He also held positions as a script analyst, development assistant and assistant to various producers. Productions worked on in these capacities (with their producers and/or talent) included SHAME, SHAME ON THE BIXBY BOYS (Lee Garmes/Chris Pearce/Monty Markham), TEN VIOLENT WOMEN (Ted V. Mikels), REVOLT IN THE STARS (Max Youngstein/Paul Haggis/John Longenecker), OLD FRIENDS/NEW FRIENDS (Fred Rogers/Lee Strasberg/Arthur Baron), LOVELY BUT DEADLY (David Sheldon/Richard Brummer) and CNN news projects (Patricia Duff Medavoy).
Becoming interested in the producing side of motion pictures, Mr. Jaeger worked at The Production Machine, Inc. (founded by Jackson B. Mahon, former manager of Errol Flynn and President of Errol Flynn Enterprises, Inc.), which developed and ran the first computerized production management programs for the budgeting and scheduling of feature-length motion pictures. Productions done in association with Columbia Pictures TV and CBS were: A TOUCH OF SCANDAL and WHITE WATER (Angie Dickinson), MY WICKED, WICKED WAYS (produced by Doris Keating and based on Errol Flynn's autobiography), PASSION FLOWER (Barbara Hershey), STRANDED (Loni Anderson) and MILES TO GO (Jill Clayburgh). Some productions were the first independently financed Canadian master limited partnership public offerings collateralized by CBS licenses. All ultimately aired on CBS as movies of the week.
In late 1981, Mr. Jaeger founded Matrix Productions to continue goals set forth by Lee Garmes and Academy Artists, Inc. and the Independent Screen Producers Association (predecessor to the AFMA), of which Mr. Jaeger is a founding member. The company began modestly by producing TV commercials, public service announcements and eventually live, multiple-camera events (featuring talent such as Gregory Peck, Tom Jones, Paul Williams, Ron Ross and Helen Hayes). Between 1983 and 1984 the company produced and released its first half-hour narrative drama called THE PICKUP (Andrew Cofrin) and its first feature, OVEREXPOSED (Monique Gabrielle, Paul Eagleton, Marty Korse). In 2007 Matrixx Productions partnered with Cornerstone Entertainment and produced FIAT EMPIRE featuring Rep. Ron Paul and Dr. Edwin Vieira. The documentary about the Federal Reserve System, garnered a Telly Award and became the top documentary on the Internet for six months. Matrixx Productions, now a division of Matrixx Entertainment Corporation, continues to develop documentaries and features. Recently completed productions are ORIGINAL INTENT (featuring Ted Baehr, Pat Buchanan, G. Edward Griffin, Ron Paul and Edwin Vieira) and MOLON LABE - How the Second Amendment Guarantees America's Freedom (featuring Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan and Alex Jones) and numerous others all available as a free public service at www.HomeVideo.net
After graduating from The Haverford School and The Cinema Institute (founded by Shorty Yeaworth, director of THE BLOB), Mr. Jaeger majored in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated summa cum laude in filmmaking class of 1978 at Los Angeles City College. In 1976 to August 1978 he worked personally with Academy Award winning cinematographer-director-producer, Lee Garmes, who was to become one of his most important mentors (as Mr. Garmes had photographed or directed over one hundred classic features, including SHANGHAI EXPRESS, SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY starring Danny Kaye and was an unaccredited cinematographer on GONE WITH THE WIND). Mr. Jaeger holds a management degree from Celebrity Centre in Hollywood and has written and published 5 books (as well as a 98-volume set of training manuals) on motion picture production and operations. He has also written/co-written thirteen feature-length screenplays of which 8 have been produced.
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