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
Jonathan Baker - founder
produces with his partner Nnamdi Asomugha at iAm21 Entertainment. They are currently shooting Sylvie, starring Tessa Thompson and Nnamdi. They also produced the upcoming feature Banker, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Nicolas Hoult, directed by George Nolfi. 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 Netflix recently picked.
JB aka “Bo D” recently wrote, directed and stars in the upcoming comedy Manifest Destiny Down: Spacetime. He produced, directed, and composed the score for the short Harper Finch, currently appearing in festivals across the country.
JB 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.
LEAH SILBERMAN - COORDINATOR
As a Berklee College of Music alum and University of Southern California (Thornton School of Music, B.S. Music Industry) graduate, Leah has a wide range of insight into the entertainment industry. She has had the opportunity to act as both an Associate Producer and UPM on various projects under JB in conjunction with her work managing clients, handling all billing and receiving, and assisting in creative consultation on projects. Leah creates the pitch decks and company slates, as well as manages all web and other graphic design. She is essentially the controller of the office. In her spare time, she also helps run an independent record label based out of Chicago called Little Cabin Entertainment, for which she handles A&R, publishing, and creative.
MICHAL ZIELINSKI - MEDIA COORDINATOR
Polish-born, Denver-raised artist Mike has a creative sensibility that touches videography, photography, VFX, editing, fashion, and even blacksmithing. In his five years in Los Angeles, Mike 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. As a cinematographer, Mike has filmed and edited a variety of projects for JB Productions, including credits as DP, 2nd Camera Operator, Assistant Editor, Colorist, VFX Artist, and also as an Associate Producer. Mike handles all media intake and content editing for the office, as well as tech set-up and management.
EMILY SHEARMAN - ASSISTANT
Emily is a singer-songwriter from small-town New Jersey and Berklee College of Music alum. She held several performance residencies in Italy while attending Florence University of the Arts, and now focuses on her songwriting. She works closely with several artists including Swedish pop duo Strandels, German pop artist Max Embers, and American folk artist Cypress, all of whom are set to release their collaborations with her in the near future. She is responsible for scheduling, problem solving, and day to day functionality of the office. As such, Emily is the gatekeeper. When she is not writing or working, she spends her time cultivating relationships with those around her.
ASHLEY YOUNG - DEVELOPMENT
Ashley 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 won many awards, including a regional Emmy from the Lower Great Lakes chapter. Ashley is in charge of reading scripts and tracking projects, as well as providing creative input. She has a sincere passion for telling stories that empower people and believes in film’s unique ability to reach wide audiences on a deep level.
EMMALEE HELMS - INTERN
Having graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University in 2017, Emmalee is currently pursuing her Master of Entertainment Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She will graduate in May 2019, but in the meanwhile she works accompanying JB on the set of his upcoming feature film Sylvie. Although making movies is her passion, she enjoys practicing her music and playing with any dog she encounters in her free time.