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As President of JEP, Jonathan Eskenas has become one of the industry’s top executives, producing numerous highly rated and critically acclaimed television series, movies and miniseries.
Eskenas is currently entering production on the 7th installment of the wildly successful Hallmark Channel franchise "The Good Witch." The 6th installment, "The Good Witch's Destiny," premieres on Hallmark in Ocotber 2013. “The Good Witch’s Charm” premiered in October 2012 as the network’s most watched movie of the year. He also recently executive produced two high profile movies for Lifetime: ripped-from-the-headlines true story “The Bling Ring” and critically acclaimed biopic “Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story.” He currently has several projects in various stages of development and production at multiple networks.
Before opening JEP in August 2013, Eskenas served as Vice President of Development at Dick Clark Productions, overseeing the scripted television department of the historic company. While at dcp, Eskenas developed and executive produced the Investigation Discovery series "Deadly Sins," now entering its third season. Prior to dcp, Eskenas was President of Orly Adelson Productions, one of the industry's top independent production companies.
Throughout his career, Eskenas has produced and overseen dozens of productions. His films include USA Network’s true crime thriller “D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear”, winner of NAACP Image Awards for best television movie and best actor (Charles Dutton); “Fab Five”, which premiered as Lifetime’s second most watched movie of all time among key demos; “3: The Dale Earnhardt Story”, ESPN’s all-time highest rated movie with over 7 million viewers, starring Barry Pepper in a SAG Award nominated performance; “Intimate Stranger”, a true crime movie for Lifetime; CBS’s “The Madam’s Family”, starring Ellen Burstyn and Annabella Sciorra; Lifetime’s “Odd Girl Out”, based on the groundbreaking book about bullying among teenage girls; romantic comedy “Bridal Fever” starring Delta Burke, for Hallmark Channel, ESPN’s critically acclaimed telefilms “Code Breakers” starring Scott Glenn and “The Junction Boys” starring Tom Berenger; and comedic detective series “Mystery Woman”, starring Kellie Martin, which premiered as Hallmark Channel’s all-time second-highest rated original production.
Among his other series credits, Eskenas supervised development and production of “Playmakers”, ESPN’s first original dramatic series, which was honored as one of AFI’s top ten shows of the year; “Tilt”, ESPN’s gritty series set around the world of professional poker; and the popular MTV reality series “Sorority Rush” and “Fraternity Rush”. Eskenas spearheaded and produced a groundbreaking internet series for TBS and has also developed multiple animated series for children and teen networks
Recognized as a leading producer, Eskenas has been recruited to give multiple presentations at the renowned San Diego State University Writers’ Seminar, and has been a guest lecturer for UCLA’s famed producing program and for AFI’s and LMU’s screenwriting classes.