Jacqui Barcos is a DGA award-winning filmmaker whose credits span the film, television and animation industries. As Creator and Executive Producer, Barcos recently sold her global TV crime series, The Last Savage to Paul Lee’s new international television studio, Wiip. Developed in association with Athena Pictures and Hotel Mumbai Producer Joe Thomas, the series is based on the true exploits of an undercover wildlife crime operative in South Africa. Barcos also co-created and sold historical drama TV series, The Amazons to Studio Canal TV with Fred Fuchs (Godfather 3, Tudors) as Executive Producer. She is currently in development on several new TV dramas for the International market including Native American supernatural thriller, Ghost of Little Wolf, as well as urban crime drama, Vigilante. In addition, Barcos is working closely with top Neuroscientists at Darpa and Berkeley in preparation for her directorial feature debut, an art-house indie thriller, The Lost Gardens of Xilitila, which delves in to the fascinating world of Neurotech. Barcos made her first foray into television by selling her pitch, The Misfits to Graham King’s GK-TV.
As screenwriter and producer, Barcos partnered with John Legend’s company, Get Lifted, to produce her hip hop animated feature, Central Park Tale. The project will be directed by Daniel Jeannette (Happy Feet, Where the Wild Things Are), choreographed by Jamal Sims (Step Up, Hairspray) and produced in Paris and Montreal by Academy Award-winning studio, Mikros Image (The Little Prince). Barcos was honored as a 2015 PGA Diversity Fellow to develop the project.
A fifteen-year industry veteran, Barcos has worked for such companies as Francis Ford Coppola’s Commercial Pictures/American Zoetrope and Miramax Films. As a Canadian/US filmmaker, Barcos specializes in developing content for the global market, and often consults on international film and television projects. A USC film school graduate, Barcos won a DGA award for her short film, Mala Sangre. In 2017 she was selected as a finalist for the Warner Brothers Directing Workshop. Barcos is a co-founder of Women In Action, an all-female genre filmmaker’s collective and is an Emeritus Board Member of the Alliance of Women Directors. She is repped by Mitch Solomon at Authentic Talent and Literary Management and the Claire Best Agency.