• Jacob Pechenik is a movie producer, married to actress Zooey Deschanel, born in 1972 in San Antonio, Texas.
• He studied chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and had a successful career in technology as CEO of TechTrader and YellowJacket Software.
• He founded Venture Forth Productions in 2010 and has produced numerous successful films such as The Skeleton Twins, Before Midnight and Solace.
• He and Zooey founded The Farm Project to help farmers grow and market their own food.
• His net worth is estimated at $3 million.

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SpouseZooey Deschanel
FactPechenik and Deschanel welcomed a daughter in August, 2015.

Who is Jacob Pechenik?

Jacob Pechenik was born on the 16th June 1972, in San Antonio, Texas, USA, and is a movie producer probably best recognized for the production of numerous notable movies such as “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pet”, “Kiss of the Damned”, “The Skeleton Twins”, “Solace” and “Before Midnight”. However, he probably became famous for being the husband of one of the most appreciated actresses of our time, Zooey Dechanel.

Early Life and Education

Both he and Zooey managed to keep Jacob’s childhood and family life very private, so almost nothing about that part of his life is known to the public. The only thing that we are certain about is that he was raised in a Jewish family in San Antonio. To speak about his education, he wasn’t always interested in the movie industry, in fact he was really passionate about science throughout his whole adolescence and the following period, especially chemistry. Therefore, following his matriculation form a high school in San Antonio, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where, due to his talent and intelligence, he to enrolled into the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.

Chemical Engineering and CEO career

Following his graduation, Jacob started developing a business idea with his good friends and colleagues from MIT. Several months later, they created a start-up called “TechTrader”, creating business-to-business enterprise software which would help in private and public trading exchanges, and would cater directly to materials markets.

Jacob Pechenik

As the idea as well as its realization was mainly done by him, Jacob deserved the position of the start-up’s CEO, and remained there for several years. At that period of time, he always tried to keep up with trends in the field of technology, so came up with a new idea to set up an improved version of software which would help in over-the-counter product trading, but in a better and easier way than previous ones. Therefore, he created a new company entitled “YellowJacket Software” which immediately became successful and lasted for several years, until bought by Intercontinental Exchange, which resulted in Jacob leaving the technology industry.

The Beginning of the Career in the Movie Industry

He then decided to explore what his true passion in life was, and soon realized that what he was actually interested in was the movie industry. With a net worth accumulated through his more than successful career as a businessman, he managed to connect the two things he loved and so in 2010 he founded a company which would produce and financially help independent movie makers, named ‘Venture Forth Productions’. His debut as an executive producer was a year later with his movie entitled “Terri” then the following year he produced another one, described as a great success and contributed a lot to his popularity as well as his net worth – that was the movie called “Kiss of the Damned”, released in 2012 and featuring Milo Ventimiglia, Joséphine de La Baume and Roxane Mesquida.

2013 to present

The following two years appeared to be extremely successful for Venture Forth Productions. They produced one of the greatest movies of that period, “We Are What We Are”, at the beginning of 2013, then Jacob was the executive producer of “Before Midnight”, which was so remarkable and memorable that it received worldwide recognition, and contributed so much to his career that a number of individual artists wanted to collaborate with him. Therefore, he ended up serving as an executive producer for numerous other movies in the same year, such as “Cold Comes the Night”, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete”, “Hateship Loveship”, “The Immigrant”, “Life of Crime”, and several more.

2014 brought him the production of the first comedy made by his company, entitled “The Skeleton Twins”, and later that year he produced the musical drama entitled “Song One”, which featured Anne Hathaway. A few months later, Pechenik served as an executive producer of the movie “Black or White”, in which he got the opportunity to work with one of the greatest stars in the field, Kevin Costner. In the following year, he was the executive producer of the thriller “Solace”, featuring Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Colin Farrel. Pechenik is currently working on producing the movie “You Can’t Win” which should be released in 2020.

Concurrently with working on his numerous film projects, Jacob decided to found a new company called “The Farm Project” with his wife Zooey Dechanel, with the goal of helping farmers in their business of growing their own food, making that process easier as well as more profitable.

Personal Life and Net Worth

Jacob met Zooey in 2014 while they were working on the same project; they immediately hit it off and started dating, and by the end of the year they were engaged, and they married the following year. She announced her pregnancy in the early 2015 and they welcomed their first child named Elsie Otter Pechenik in July the same year. Two years later, they had a son named Charlie Wolf Pechenik.

Speaking about Jacob’s wealth, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of his net worth is over $3 million, accumulated through his career in both the technology and movie industries.

General Info

Full NameJacob Pechenik
Height1.7 m
ProfessionFilm producer


SpouseZooey Deschanel
ChildrenElsie Otter Pechenik


MoviesRock the Kasbah, The Skeleton Twins

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1Pechenik and Deschanel welcomed a daughter in August, 2015.
2Jake and Zooey Deschanel are expecting their first child [January 13, 2015].




You Can't Win2016executive producer
Rock the Kasbah2015producer
Solace2015/IIexecutive producer
Amnesiac2014executive producer
Black or White2014executive producer
Electric Slide2014executive producer
Song One2014executive producer
The Skeleton Twins2014producer
Cold Comes the Night2013executive producer
Life of Crime2013executive producer
Devil's Knot2013executive producer
Hateship Loveship2013executive producer
The Immigrant2013executive producer
Jobs2013executive producer
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete2013executive producer
Before Midnight2013executive producer
We Are What We Are2013executive producer
Kiss of the Damned2012executive producer
Terri2011executive producer

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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