Jacob is currently the TVNZ Blacksand Design Director, responsible for a team of over 20 designers across all mediums; motion, 3D, digital and print.
His team work on all TVNZ brands, channels, platforms, shows and news, along with a number of commercial partner projects. Some of his recent projects include TVNZ OnDemand platform, TVNZ Duke and TVNZ’s master redesign which revamped the TVNZ stable including TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 2.
Prior to his role at TVNZ, Jacob was the Head of Design at Eyeworks NZ (now Warner Brothers NZ), where he worked across all of the productions, which included reality shows, drama series and feature films. While at Eyeworks Jacob was also in charge of the design for SKY’s Living Channel and Food TV, working from the conception of the channels through to two of the biggest-rating channels on the Sky network. He additionally oversaw the design for Sports Inc. programmes – international sports shows screening on ESPN, Fox Sports, and the Golf Channel.
Studying communications and digital Jacob has always had a passion for storytelling and digital design. He was a founding partner in digital agency Sniper Systems producing a number of online activations and websites. He has also worked extensively in live and interactive broadcast as well as large-screen event and arena design for events including the NBA (basketball), NBL (baseball), NHL (hockey), and Indy car racing.
Jacob’s work has been broadcast around the world – locally on TVNZ, TV3, Prime, and Sky; in Australia on channels 7, 9 and 10, and in America on ESPN, Fox Sports, Golf Channel, CMT, MTV2, and Real TV. Jacob’s projects have won prestigious Best Design Awards, Qantas Awards, Cannon Awards, NZ Marketing Awards, Axis Awards, Best on the Box awards and Promax awards.