Diane Jackson is one of the world’s top production leaders and brand builders, renowned for transcending barriers and expectations in the business of advertising, technology, and media. She firmly believes producers can accomplish anything and that the world would be a better place if producers could be unleashed on our planet’s largest challenges.
With a global career spanning agencies, brands and tech, Diane brings a rare combination of business leadership, production operations, creative storytelling, and a vast community to Makers. As VP Global Production, she is focused on accelerating the continued growth and momentum of the company’s producer-led model, evolving its culture of collaboration, and elevating the role of producers as creative problem solvers who have the power to make world-changing ideas a reality.
Prior to joining Makers in 2023, Diane served as Director, Global Head of Production, Creative and Experiential at Meta. Her accomplishments at Meta include overseeing the production of the company’s “Meet Meta” brand campaign and co-authoring their first Production Playbook outlining industry-wide production best practices.
Previously, Diane was Chief Production Officer at global advertising agency DDB. Throughout her 14-year tenure, she built a rich legacy of inspiring and developing best-in-class production teams, working on the front lines to design innovative, high-impact brand stories, and sustaining the agency’s growth and industry profile. Diane’s influence has permeated global and national brands including FCA Jeep, Mars Wrigley, McDonald’s, Miller Lite, Molson Coors, State Farm, and Ram Trucks, among others.
Diane is a regular contributor to industry award programs and has received numerous accolades throughout her career. She was the first female head of agency production to serve on a Cannes Lions jury, has served on the Cannes Lions Film Craft jury twice, was the Production, Post-Production and Music Video Jury President of the London International Awards, and has served multiple times on the AICP Curatorial Panel at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Diane has been the recipient of the Institute Practitioner in Advertising (London) - Distinction in Advertising award and was the first producer ever to receive the Fastules, Sharpe, Yovetich Leadership Award. Her work has been recognized by D&AD, Cannes, Clios, and the London International Awards, among others. In 2018, Diane was celebrated by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, where she received a Gold in Women of the Year in the highly contested Marketing, PR and Advertising category.
In her spare time, Diane is a mentor and philanthropy advocate who has supported and worked with non-profit organizations including Off The Street Club in Chicago, Free Spirit Media, and Dress for Success. Diane is a graduate of the University of Brighton and currently resides in Chicago.