The hire is one of three made by the Bristol-based factual company with Stephen McQuillan joining as executive producer and Tom Cooper post production supervisor.
Jackson was at UK-based distributor DRG for six years, latterly as CEO, ahead of its sale to MTG last year. He then joined the board of PR agency Franklin Rae, but the appointment by Icon Films (a Franklin Rae client) is his first permanent position since exiting DRG.
McQuillan comes from journalism and has worked extensively on BBC current affairs show Panorama. Cooper joins from Flying Monsters producer Atlantic.
Icon makes shows including Discovery’s River Monsters with Jeremy Wade. Company managing director Laura Marshall said: “It’s a busy time at Icon Films and the appointment of three pivotal positions is crucial in ensuring the continuing growth and sustainability of a key regional indie.”