Jacob Houlind began his career in television as a legal advisor to the VP of acquisition at SBS broadcasting. In this position he was involved in the acquisition of international rights for the SBS stations across Europe as well as working in the program department at the SBS broadcastings station TvDanmark (now Kanal 5). In early 2000 he moved to MTV International and quickly rose through the ranks, from Controller of Business & Legal Affairs to Director of Sales & legal Affairs and finally to Managing Director, a post he held for 4 years. As a result of the merger between MTV Produktion, Mastiff Media and the later acquisition of Jarowskij, Houlind was appointed as Managing Director of Zodiak Television World, moreover Houlind joined the Zodiak Television Board of Directors. At Zodiak Television Houlinds responsibility was to manage and grow International format sales and co-production, oversee all international Merger & Acquisition activities as well as being responsible for program development in all Zodiak Television home territories. In Late 2005 Houlind was appointed as General Manager, Nordic Region at Nordisk Film, where his new responsibility is to manage and build the existing 30MEUR TV production activities across the Nordic region. In 2007, Houlind was appointed President & CEO of Nordisk Film TV.
Houlind has been an active member of the international formats community and has been a speaker, tutor and jury member at several format conferences, seminars and festivals throughout the past years. Further Houlind is a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in New York (International Emmy) and sits in the International Steering committee of NATPE (The National Association of Television Program Executives).
Jacob Houlind is an Advisory Board Member of the Entertainment Master Class.