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Jonathan Baker

Producer/Past executive at Sony Pictures Feature Film Marketing and Domestic Television Research

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Biography

Most recently, Jonathan returned from India where he co-produced the feature musical film BASMATI BLUES, starring Donald Sutherland, Tyne Daly, Brie Larson and Scott Bakula. The film’s original musical score – supervised by Bonnie Greenberg, composed by multi-Grammy winning songwriters and choreographed by Grammy winner Noemie LaFrance – promotes an anti GMO message.

Jonathan founded his own private artist development studio in 2007.  With over 150 clients ranging from Broadway, television and feature film stars, the studio produces original content and teaches the economics of various entertainment models to up and coming creative professionals. 

Previously, while at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Jonathan first worked in television research, then at Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures.  He marketed fifty major theatrical releases, of which ten films achieved #1 at the box-office status.  He is credited as Co-Producer of the documentaries FANG VS. FICTION (airing on AMC), THE REAL EXORCIST (A&E), and REAL PREMONITIONS (A&E) while also having developed the feature SILENT HILL.  Films of note include CLOSER (dir. Mike Nichols), ADAPTATION (dir. Spike Jonze), BIG FISH (dir. Tim Burton), BOOGEYMAN  (#1 at the box office), UNDERWOOD (#1 at the box office), IN THE CUT (dir. Jane Campion), YOU GOT SERVED (#1 at the box office), the RESIDENT EVIL franchise, and EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE.  While at TriStar, LORDS OF DOGTOWN (dir. Catherine Hardwicke), OLIVER TWIST (dir. Roman Polanski), RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (dir. Ryan Murphy) and SILENT HILL.

Prior, Jonathan worked on Wall Street at Salomon Brothers Asset Management in Institutional Sales, and on Broadway at The Nederlander Producing Company of America where he handled development and line producing for CEO Jimmy Nederlander, Jr.  He worked with acts like Billy Joel, the Stones, Dionne Warwick, Neal Young, Paul Simon, and many others.  He worked on nine Broadway shows at a time.  He independently produced documentaries on Broadway stars Lea DeLaria, Geoffrey Holder, Liliane Montevecchi, and Julie Wilson that went through the film festival circuit. He landed a Jazz television show on BET staring Savion Glover and consulted at the Tribeca Film Studio for the first hi-definition video library and production company in conjunction with talent such as Celine Dion.   

Jonathan received Best Actor for his role in THANK YOU FOR NOT SMOKING, an official entry in the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.  He composed and directed the musical short film, NAKED: A GUY’S MUSICAL, distributed by Shorts International.

Jonathan is Adjunct Professor of feature film and entertainment economics at Carnegie Mellon’s Masters of Entertainment Industry Management program in the Heinz School of Public Policy and the GIOCA graduate program at the University of Bologna, Italy.  He has been a guest speaker at UCLA Producing Program and the University of Texas. 

Jonathan attended The Boston Conservatory of Music and graduated from The University of Michigan in music, philosophy and religious studies.  He studied directing and acting at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension Program, from Don Richardson.  

Education

University of Michigan