Deadline Magazine Interviews NYFA’s Colonel Jack Jacobs on Roku Docu-Series ‘Ten Weeks’


New York Film Academy’s (NYFA) Division of Veteran Services (DVS) is delighted to share a recent news piece highlighting Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient, and Chair of NYFA’s Veteran Advancement Program, published last month in the entertainment industry digital magazine “Deadline.”

“For those choosing to join the United States Army, their journey from citizens to Soldier begins with basic training,” a quote from Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston that’s a direct correlation to ten-part docuseries on the US Army’s basic training ritual, Ten Weeks. In an interview with “Deadline,” Colonel Jacobs explained that the show was inspired by a book he wrote, Basic: Surviving Bootcamp and Basic Training. This docu-series follows five young Americans through 10 weeks of basic training, showing their transformation from civilians into Soldiers.

Ten Weeks was originally greenlit by the startup streaming service, Quibi, however the subscription streamer has been acquired by Roku in early 2021. The 8-10 minutes in length episodes are now available to free stream on the Roku Channel in the U.S., Canada and U.K. Executive producer and chief content officer of production firm “We Are the Mighty,” Chase Millsap states, “I am proud of how Ten Weeks captures the equally exhausting and exhilarating experiences of the military and look forward to sharing these inspiring stories on the Roku Channel.” The stories of the five Soldiers represent the collective sacrifice, bravery, and resilience of the more than half a million Americans who serve in the Army and Army Reserve today. This series is executive produced by Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Mary Lisio, Chris Rowe, David Gale, Chase Millsap, Col. Jack Jacobs and Val Nicholas.

On February 2, 2021, NYFA held a virtual panel event with Colonel Jacobs, David Gale and Chase Millsap, that was moderated by Tova Laiter, Director of the NYFA Q&A-List Series, which can be viewed here.

In the past 10 years, NYFA has proudly welcomed nearly 2,500 veterans and servicemembers’ dependents as students at NYFA; the NYFA community is grateful to each for their service to our country. For more information, please contact NYFA DVS, at or 818- 333-3558.


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Published on: December 10, 2021

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