Jackson chats with one of his idols, Regis Philbin, in his dressing room at ABC TV, NY.
Lights Camera Jackson (a.k.a. Jackson Murphy) began his career as a film critic in 2006 at the age of 7. To date, Jackson has written nearly 1,000 reviews of new releases and, in total, has seen more than 1,500 films. In 2010, Jackson became the youngest person to win a NY Emmy Award, for his on-air movie reviews on Time Warner TV station, Capital News 9. And in 2011, Jackson was inducted into the Broadcast Film Critics Association as their youngest member. The BFCA’s annual Critics Choice Awards is one of the industry’s most recognized and prestigious awards shows. Jackson is also a member of SAG-AFTRA and votes annually for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Currently, Jackson can be heard every Friday morning on WGNA-FM and his reviews are also posted on his website, YouTube channel and Cultjer.com. He is also a contributor to AnimationScoop.com, run by animation historian Jerry Beck. And Jackson hosts the weekly internet pop culture news show “LCJ LIVE” (every Sunday at Noon ET), along with “The LCJ Q&A Podcast”, on which he interviews celebrities and filmmakers. Among those who have joined LCJ on the show are comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried, “Wallace & Gromit” creator Nick Park, Emmy-winning game show host Todd Newton and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.
Lights Camera Jackson has been co-starring in photographs with his favorite celebrities from the entertainment, news and sports world since he was 6 years old. Jackson’s first picture with a celeb was snapped in January of 2005, at the Center For Disability Services Telethon in Albany, NY. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest was making a VIP appearance at the event. Jackson, a big fan of the show, approached Seacrest during a break and asked for an autograph. The “Idol” star eagerly obliged. Jackson and Ryan then posed for this photo.
Since that day Jackson’s collection of photos with stars of stage, screen, TV and sports has grown to over 400 (he has more with his friend Regis Philbin than with any other single celeb). Many of them are featured in the Gallery section of his website. And each of the photos not only represents a special moment in time in the life/career of Lights Camera Jackson, but also includes its own story. Where and when each photo op took place, and what the interaction was like before, during and after the camera captured the moment – these are all element that, together, make each image uniquely special.