Father-and-son combo Andrew Meyer ’71 and Jake Meyer ’08 couldn’t be more different at first glance. The first thing you notice is the height (Jake is well over 6 feet, and his father, well, isn’t). Andrew swam sprints for Bucknell, while Jake was a shot putter for the Bison. But they share the
same gummy smile and a shockingly similar résumé.
Andrew was an overnight success at Bucknell. He was
a key member of the concert committee and charmed the
Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and others into stopping
by Lewisburg. Eventually, A&M Records called to figure
out the identity of this 20-year-old who kept changing their
tour schedules. Andrew graduated with a job awaiting him at
A&M Records. There he started A&M Films and went on
to produce movies such as The Breakfast Club, directed by a
little-known talent named John Hughes — whom Andrew
discovered — and Fried Green Tomatoes.
Like his father, Jake packed up his car and drove cross-country to LA after graduation. He landed in advertising,
where he partnered with Paramount Studios, Relativity,
Lionsgate, Open Road, A24 and Focus Features to launch
their media-buying campaigns on digital. The Meyer boys
just seem to do well with the studios.
Both think that this is more than just dumb luck. “As
an English major at Bucknell I learned the importance of
efficiency and clarity in writing,” Andrew says. “My professors
were always cutting back my indulgent prose, forcing me to
focus on the core of the story and teaching me how to tell the
story in a concise way so the reader would stay engaged. This
is especially critical in writing a screenplay because every line
costs money to shoot. My Bucknell English professors taught
me those skills.”
Jake offers a less technical explanation: “In Hollywood
you can either build relationships or you can’t. From the
very beginning, I had professors like Shara McCallum and
Tameka Cage, who would sit us in a room and challenge us
to communicate. Whether in writing, discussion or face-to-
face with a professor, we had to be capable of making a clear
point. If you’re someone who can walk into an executive’s
office and explain what you need without wasting 30 minutes
of their time, then you’re going to go far.”
Bucknell represents a lot of good memories for the father/
son team. Andrew reminisces about how he’d walk away from
the concerts in the ’60s with bags of money he had to keep
under his bed until the
banks opened the next day.
And both agree that one of
the best days of their lives
was when Andrew pulled
Jake out of his high-school
classroom to give him his
acceptance letter to
Bucknell. Being able to share that excitement as a family
tradition was an exhilarating feeling.
Ultimately, the duo says they never would have had their
Hollywood success if it weren’t for their years in the Carnegie
and Vaughan Literature buildings, where their English classes
met. The time they spent there prepared them for working in
Hollywood. While they’ve never worked together on a movie
(which seems strange), maybe their first tandem effort could
be about Bucknell. The blue-and-orange sunsets look ready
for their closeup.
Andrew Meyer ’71 is a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design.
He is preparing a feature film to be shot this summer. Jake Meyer ’08 has
launched more than 20 national feature films, including Spotlight, Dirty
Grandpa and Dope.
Hear Andrew Meyer talk about producing The Breakfast Club at
bucknell.edu/bmagazine or download the Bucknell Magazine app.
From Bucknell to
Father and son parlayed their English
majors into Holly wood success.
By Andrew Meyer ’71 and Jake Meyer ’08
a lot of good
memories for the
Jake Meyer (left) and Andrew Meyer at
the 30-year-anniversary celebration of
The Breakfast Club in Los Angeles.