Producer and Past Executive at Sony Pictures Feature Film Marketing And Domestic Television Research; Currently Producer - The Banker
Jonathan Baker is currently producing with his partner Nnamdi Asomugha an untitled Tessa Thompson jazz era film also starring Eva Longoria. They also produced the upcoming feature THE BANKER, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Nicolas Hoult, directed by George Nolfi which sold to Apple and will be released in theaters late 2019. They are producing stage productions of SPAMALOT and the play AMERICAN SON starring Kerry Washington.
Jonathan is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and works with his partner Nnamdi Asomugha under the banner iAm21 Entertainment. They are currently producing an untitled Tessa Thompson jazz era film also starring Eva Longoria. They produced the upcoming feature THE BANKER, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Nicolas Hoult, directed by George Nolfi which sold to Apple and will be released in theaters late 2019. They are producing stage productions of SPAMALOT, the adaptation of the movies August Rush and The Harder They Come, and the play AMERICAN SON starring Kerry Washington, which will appear on Netflix soon.
His feature film satire MANIFEST DESTINY DOWN: SPACETIME is due out around Halloween 2019. He produced, directed, and composed the score for the short HARPER FINCH, currently appearing in festivals.
He Executive Produced CROWN HEIGHTS (dir. Matt Ruskin), starring LaKeith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Atlanta) and Nnamdi, which won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2017 and was bought by Amazon Studios. He Co-Produced the feature musical BASMATI BLUES, starring Donald Sutherland, Tyne Daly, Brie Larson and Scott Bakula; and Executive Produced HALFWAY, starring Quinton Aaron (The Blindside).
Prior to being an independent producer, JB worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment, first in television research, then at Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures as Marketing Manager. He helped release over forty major theatrical films, of which ten achieved #1 at the box-office. Some noteworthy films include CLOSER (dir. Mike Nichols), ADAPTATION (dir. Spike Jonze), BIG FISH (dir. Tim Burton), BOOGEYMAN (#1 at the box office), UNDERWORLD (#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, LORDS OF DOGTOWN (dir. Catherine Hardwicke), OLIVER TWIST (dir. Roman Polanski), RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (dir. Ryan Murphy), and SILENT HILL. He also Co-Produced the documentaries FANG VS. FICTION (AMC), THE REAL EXORCIST (A & E), and REAL PREMONITIONS (A & E).
Prior to Los Angeles, JB worked on Wall Street at Salomon Brothers Asset Management in Institutional Sales, and on Broadway at The Nederlander Producing Company of America. He worked with Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Dionne Warwick, Neil Young, Paul Simon, and many other legendary artists. He produced documentaries that starred Lea DeLaria, Geoffrey Holder, Liliane Montevecchi, and Julie Wilson.
JB received a Best Actor award for his performance in Thank You for Not Smoking, an official entry in the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. He composed, directed, and performed in the musical short film, Naked: A Guy’s Musical, distributed by Shorts International.
JB is an 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. He also teaches at GIOCA, a graduate program at the University of Bologna, Italy.
JB studied Musical Theater at The Boston Conservatory of Music and The University of Michigan School of Music. He studied directing and acting at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension Program under Don Richardson.