Jeff Margolis - Executive Producer and Director



Award-winning producer/director Jeff Margolis brings nearly four decades of experience crafting dynamic event television to the task of executive-producing and directing the Screen Actors Guild Awards®. He first took the helm as executive producer of acting's most glamorous evening 16 years ago with the 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. This year marks the eighth consecutive year Margolis is also bringing his Emmy®- and DGA Award-winning directing talents to the SAG Awards®.

Margolis has shaped hundreds of the entertainment industry's biggest events, headlined by its top stars, for which he has received many of the industry’s top honors. He won two Directors Guild of America Awards for directing the Academy Awards® ceremony, has garnered six Emmy® nominations for directing the 1991-1996 Academy Awards telecasts and won Emmys for directing the 1995 Academy Awards® and for producing "Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Celebration." 

Margolis, who formed Jeff Margolis Productions (JMP) in 1976, has produced such memorable special telecasts as the September 11 tribute concert "United We Stand," "Motown 45," "CBS … 50 Years from Television City," "The First Family’s Holiday Gift to America: A Tour of the White House," "President Clinton's 50th Birthday Celebration at Radio City Music Hall," "A Gala for the President at Ford's Theater," "Quincy Jones…The First 50 Years," "An Evening with Bette, Cher, Meryl, Goldie, & Robin," "Celebrate the Dream: Fifty Years of Ebony," "Julie and Carol: Together Again," "The NCLR Alma Awards," "The Television Academy Hall of Fame," "Countdown to the Oscars® 2010," and numerous holiday specials, including, "A Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World," "A Merry Motown Christmas" and since 2010, "A Hollywood Christmas Celebration at the Grove."  Margolis has served as executive producer and director for most of these television events.

The JMP team has also produced the NBC musical reality/variety series "Fame" and the VH1 reality/audition series "In Search of the Partridge Family." Margolis executive-produced the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards to honor young performing artists for 10 years and served on the Spotlight Awards Board of Directors for seven years.

Margolis' prolific directing career includes 22 American Music Awards ceremonies, eight Academy Awards® shows, seven Screen Actors Guild Awards® simulcasts, three Emmy® Award ceremonies, three "Golden Globes® Red Carpet Specials,” three TV Land Awards shows, two Daytime Emmy® Awards" ceremonies, two Academy of Country Music Awards telecasts, the feature film "Richard Pryor Live in Concert," and numerous television events and series including two NBC "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" specials.