GIANT PIRATES ENTERTAINMENT – Company Bio

ROSS JACOBSON (3311 Productions, and formerly of Magical Elves) and TROY SEARER (formerly of Tijuana Entertainment) have merged to create GIANT PIRATES ENTERTAINMENT, a new venture aimed at in house production and financing of non-scripted material for television. Prior to launching Giant Pirates, Ross has been the acting CEO at 3311, and previously spent three and a half years as the Chief Operating Officer at Magical Elves. There he oversaw all aspects of the company including development, corporate strategy, finance, and many aspects of production. While at Magical Elves, Ross managed the closing of strategic deals with NBC Universal and AOL as well as production deals with corporate partners such as Unilever and Panasonic, and broadcast deals with CBS, Bravo, Oxygen, USA, MTV, VH1, Showtime, and others. In each year that Ross served as the COO at Magical Elves, the company achieved record growth and profitability as well as garnering the most Emmy nominations of any reality television production company. Most recently, Ross teamed up with his former colleagues at Magical Elves to sell “America’s Next Great Restaurant” to NBC, where he served as an Executive Producer on the series. Prior to joining Magical Elves, Ross worked as a freelance producer on several shows including “Project Greenlight” (HBO), “Project Runway” (Bravo), and “Supernanny” (ABC).

TROY SEARER was a founding partner and CEO of Tijuana Entertainment prior to launching GIANT PIRATES with Ross. At Tijuana, Troy was instrumental as the creative force behind all of the company’s productions. He previously co-executive-produced two substantial hits of the reality genre: “The Biggest Loser” (NBC) and “Beauty and the Geek” (CW). His distinctive talents brought viewers the groundbreaking “Breaking Bonaduce” (VH1) series, as well as “Shooting Sizemore” (VH1) and “Supergroup” (VH1). Most recently, Troy creatively drove the critically acclaimed series "Addicted to Food" (OWN) and "Obsessed" (A&E). Troy’s earlier achievements include writing for and executive-producing NBC’s “Friday Night,” directing and producing for NFL Films, and creating, writing, and executive producing the NBC Saturday morning sit-com “Hang Time.”