OUR MISSION is to cultivate, support, and protect artistic integrity. To create art that makes a difference, that inspires us to leave our comfort zone. We strive to be constantly challenging our perspectives and to never become stagnant. Under our various production companies, we consult and produce projects to expand art’s role in our society with the goal of being helpful to humanity. With passionate commitment to our clients and each other, we encourage collaboration, compassion, and love for the process.
“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.” – Maya Angelou
LEAH SILBERMAN - COORDINATOR
Leah is a singer/songwriter and performing artist under the moniker Leah Capelle. She was raised on the north side of Chicago, attended Berklee College of Music, and is now about to graduate from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry. Leah is the general manager for The Loft program, manages clients for the studio, and handles all billing and receiving. She also helps run an independent record label based out of Chicago called Little Cabin Entertainment where she does A&R. She loves cappuccinos, game nights, and playing with her two cats Harper and Marty.
MICHAL ZIELINSKI - MEDIA COORDINATOR
Mike has a creative sensibility that touches videography, photography, vfx, editing, fashion, and even blacksmithing - LA has turned out to be a great place for this Polish-born Denver-raised artist. In his five years in the city of angels, Michal has shot and edited for daytime Emmy award winning projects and has taken art direction from clients like Tom Ford, Kanye West and Zayne Malik. You will often catch him wearing sunglasses because he rides his bike to work.
EMILY SHEARMAN - ASSISTANT
Emily is a singer-songwriter from small-town New Jersey. She held several performance residencies in Florence, Italy, and now focuses on her writing. She works closely with several artists including Max Embers and Cypress, both of whom are set to release their collaborations with her in the near future. She attended Berklee College of Music for a few years. She is responsible for scheduling, manages guests in and out of the Nook, and handles day to day functionality of the office. When she is not writing or working, she spends her time cultivating relationships with those around her.
ASHLEY YOUNG - DEVELOPMENT INTERN
Ashley is in charge of reading and tracking projects. If you send us a script, she’s the one that’s going to read it. She graduated with a degree in Film and Media Production from Taylor University. During her time there, she directed and produced two short documentaries When The Game Changes and We Are Rwandans. Both have won many awards including a regional Emmy from the Lower Great Lakes chapter. Ashley has a passion for telling stories that empower people and believes film has the unique ability to reach wide audiences on a deep level. When she’s not working you can find her hiking, drinking coffee, or watching ‘The West Wing’.
Jonathan Baker - founder
is currently producing under iAm21 Entertainment stage productions of the upcoming national tour of the musical Spamalot, the adaptation of the movies August Rush and The Harder They Come, and the play American Son starring Kerry Washington which opens on Broadway next month.
In film, Jonathan is currently producing the “Untitled Banker Project,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Nicolas Holt, directed by George Nolfi, which is currently shooting in Atlanta; producing a documentary about the Chicago based theater company Steppenwolf; and he wrote, directed and stars in the upcoming feature comedy Manifest Destiny Down: Spacetime.
Most recently, Jonathan Executive Produced the film Crown Heights (dir. Matt Ruskin) with iAm21, which stars Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Atlanta) and Nnamdi Asomugha. Crown Heights won the Audience Award at Sundance in 2017, was bought by Amazon Studios and released in theaters in 2017. He Co-Produced the feature musical film Basmati Blues, starring Donald Sutherland, Tyne Daly, Brie Larson and Scott Bakula, released in theaters in February of 2018. He also Executive Produced Halfway, starring Quinton Aaron (The Blindside).
Prior to being an independent producer, Jonathan worked many years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, first in television research, then at Screen Gems and TriStar Pictures as Marketing Manager. He marketed over forty major theatrical releases, of which ten films achieved #1 at the box-office status. He Co-Produced the documentaries Fang vs. Fiction (AMC), The Real Exorcist (A & E), and Real Premonitions (A & E). Some 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.
Prior to living in Los Angeles, Jonathan lived in New York and 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 suck as Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Dionne Warwick, Neil 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.
Jonathan has been 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 since its inception eleven years ago. He also currently teaches at GIOCA, a graduate program at the University of Bologna, Italy. He has been a guest speaker at UCLA Producing Program.
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. He produced and directed the short film Harper Finch. He is in development on his original feature animated musical Private Sky.
Jonathan 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 from Don Richardson.