Jake Sasseville is an American-born TV entrepreneur and businessman, philanthropist and author who considers himself a world citizen. A self-proclaimed “creator of magic” in business, he began his career as a card magician at age 14
Since the genesis of his career he has launched two late night talk shows to phenominal ratings and now hosts and executive produces a teen talk show titled “The Mash” through a ground- breaking partnership with the Tribune Media Company. The show launches in Chicago in February and will go national later in the year. Sasseville also executive produces and stars in “Delusions of Grandeur,” a loosely scripted show that chronicles is pre-fame journey as a “Hollywood outsider” and all of his wild business antics and pop-spiritual quests.
Jake has been working with high profile names and brands from the world of broadcasting, entertainment, music and marketing for over a decade, and he’s only 25 years old.
Some of the biggest brands in the world use his TV, digital and experiential platforms to reach 18-34 year olds – including Ford, Proctor & Gamble, Overstock.com Microsoft, Coke, Denny’s, Crocs to name a few. These brands turn to Jake’s organization for fun, irreverent and fresh ways to reach this generation.
Jake was the flashlight behind “The Edge with Jake Sasseville” which launched on ABC affiliates in 2008 and later went into. After a year on television “The Edge” transitioned into “Late Night Republic with Jake Sasseville” — a newer and more grown up late night talk show. Late Night Republic aired for 52 weeks in 40 million households on Fox and CW.
Jake’s digital revolution started in 2007 with his “I want my Jake after Jimmy on ABC” campaign. With a few fresh-faced college grads, he traveled the country promoting the campaign, rallying hundreds of thousands to tell station managers that they wanted “their Jake after Jimmy.” The work paid off, and “The Edge with Jake Sasseville” launched nationally on ABC affiliates in 40 million homes after Kimmel.
Jake is currently penning two books, one titled THE REAL COST OF FAME about his successes and failures in entertainment as an entrepreneur who was willing to lose it all – and did – three times before the age of 25. His second book is called IT’S NOT THAT I’M BIPOLAR, IT’S THAT I’M GAY and captures Sasseville’s own coming out process (at age 24) and features conversations and interviews with famous and not-so-famous folks about their coming out process. The book is meant to contribute and elevate the dialog for teens and 20-somethings who struggle with accepting their sexuality.
Jake has worked with diverse talents such as Rainn Wilson, One Republic, DJ Cipha Sounds, Comedian Jim Norton, Wyclef Jean, the cast of “Will and Grace,” Katrina Bowden and Keith Powell from “30 Rock,” Guster, Kanye West, Michael Ian Black, Roseanne Barr and Cirque de Soleil.
In addition, Jake has also hosted a 15 – city campus music tour in 2009 and 2010. For every school that the Tour visited in 2010, Jake Sasseville’s non-profit endeavor with The Room to Read foundation raised money to build schools in South East Asia. The aim was to eliminate poverty by strategically elevating education, by empowering and focusing the muscle power of the Y Generation. By the end of the tour, together Jake, Room to Read, and the universities raised enough money to build a school in Thailand. The tour sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, met the donations with a generous corporate donation.
Jake currently lives in Chicago and claims to jog 10 miles a day (his staff say it’s more like 10 miles per week). He imagines his dog will be named Socrates.