Jerome is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker who created, executive produced and directed the hit series, On the Road in America, about four young Arabs traveling across American with an American film crew, now in its third season. He also executive produced Muslim Women and Life After Death, both of which aired in the Middle East and are currently in release. Jerome has recently completed production of the third season of On the Road in America and is in post-production on American Caravan and Trading Places.
Other credits include Pumping Iron, the Academy Award-nominated documentary that launched the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger; Stripper, the critically acclaimed feature documentary distributed by Twentieth Century Fox; Old Boyfriends, starring John Belushi and Talia Shire; The Russians, an eight hour television series for TNT that won a Cine Golden Eagle; the award winning Laughs series for HBO with P.J. O'Rourke; The Gathering (Miramax); Rebel Highway (Showtime); Double Switch (an interactive game for Sega).
As an executive in the entertainment industry, he has been an Exhibitor (Co-founder and Co-CEO of the Festival Cinemas, a chain of art houses in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1972-75); Head of Acquisitions and Production at an independent studio (Cinema 5, the Miramax of its day, from 1978-1980); and President of a Production Company (Visionaire Communications from 1981-86) that did more than 60 hours of high quality programming for television.
From 2001-2005, he was the Strategic Director of USC's Institute for Creative Technologies, charged with government relations, fundraising, managing Think Tanks and the ICT's consulting relationships, and founding ICT Works, which was successfully launched in February of 2005.
As a venture capitalist, he has been involved in a number of startups: Celestial Seasonings, Innerspace Environments, The National Survival Game, The Peninsula Wine Company, and Pathways International among them.
For 13 years Jerome was a senior lecturer in screenwriting and directing at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies and was, for ten years, on the directing faculty at the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television. He has also taught directing, screenwriting, storytelling and digital filmmaking at the Los Angeles Film School, Esalen Institute, Yale University, Dartmouth, The University of Hawaii and in numerous foreign countries. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, he went to Afghanistan three times leading teams of filmmakers to teach storytelling, filmmaking and program development to television personnel in Kabul and Kandahar.
He graduated from Yale University with Honors in History of the Arts and Letters, is a member of the WGA and DGA, and is married to Mary Lambert, the film and music video director. They have a twenty year-old son, Jordan.