THE TEAM

JONATHAN BAKER

Director / Founder

Jonathan Baker has always been enthralled by smart storytelling and larger-than-life figures, taking inspiration from greats like Ernest Hemingway to guide his own sensibilities as a writer, producer, director and adventurer. Studying film in his native New York City and at USC in his undergraduate years, Jonathan Baker began his entertainment career as a writer, director and producer on “Through Scavullo’s Eyes”, a Warner Bros. documentary on controversial fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo; as well as a wildly successful “Dorf on Golf”, a sports spoof with Tim Conway; and “Dirty Tennis”, a comedy starring Dick Van Patten, Nicolette Sheridan and Bruce Jenner that aired on HBO and Cinemax. It won the VSDA and the New York Film Festival Award for Best Comedy Video of the Year. More recently, he founded Baker Entertainment Group, a multimedia development and production company housed at Paramount Studios Lot.

Baker is also a successful entrepreneur who grew a start-up venture, SkinSpa, into the leading full-service day spa in the U.S. before selling that brand in 2011. 

While focusing on Baker Entertainment Group and his evolving work as a film director, he remains active in the personal care field and has currently developed a new signature brand, JONATHAN BAKER EST 1962, which introduces its first line of many pure aromatherapy products. 

 

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STEVE LONGI

President

Steve Longi is a veteran feature film and television producer with over 20 years of experience. He’s produced 14 feature films and has worked with an array of talented stars such as Robert Downey, Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Rooney Mara, Whoopi Goldberg, Kat Dennings, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Long, Bob Saget, Rebel Wilson, Anton Yelchin, and Ray Liotta, just to name a few.

 

Longi is credited with setting up and co-producing the Academy Award-winning film “Hacksaw Ridge”, directed by Mel Gibson, starring Andrew Garfield.  The film was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two. Longi recently published the book “The Birth of Hacksaw Ridge” through Pacific Press Publishing, which details the early years of private Desmond T. Doss.

 

Longi has produced numerous film and tv projects including the Emmy Award-nominated movie “Prayers For Bobby”, starring Sigourney Weaver for the Lifetime Movie Network. The film was one of the highest-rated cable movies in the history of the network. Other films Longi has produced include Dimension’s “Youth In Revolt” (Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Ray Liotta, Justin Long). Disney’s “Double Take” (Eddie Griffin, Orlando Jones, Garcelle Beauvais), and “Match” (Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino). Longi also produced and directed the Netflix Original comedy special “Willie Barcena: The Truth Hurts”. 

 

Longi has numerous projects on his development slate which includes the film rights to the Off-Broadway musical comedy “Zombie Prom”. The film is being written by Vince Marcello who wrote and directed Netflix’s “The Kissing Booth” parts 1, 2, and 3 (one of the most-watched franchises on the platform).

 

Longi has developed over one hundred film, television, and theatrical projects and recently acquired the rights to John G. Fuller’s book “The Interrupted Journey”, which chronicles the true-life experiences of Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple in the 1960s, who claimed under hypnosis that they had been brought aboard an alien spacecraft and examined by extraterrestrials. The project was recently set up with George Gallo “Midnight Run” to write and direct.

Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Longi relocated to Los Angeles, and after attending UCLA served as Vice-President of Academy Award winning producer David Permut’s Permut Presentations, Inc. He oversaw the development, production, marketing, and release of Permut’s entire slate and began by working as the producer’s assistant on the breakout hit “Face/Off” (Nicolas Cage, John Travolta), which was one of the top ten highest-grossing films of the year.

 

Longi’s latest film, “The Reenactment”,  starring Tony Todd (Candyman) was released on December 7th, 2020 on all streaming platforms.

 

Longi currently serves as President of the Baker Entertainment Group, developing film, tv, and audio movie projects

 

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KEVIN KOLOFF

Business Affairs

Kevin Koloff has over 25 years of experience representing clients in all aspects of the film, music and television industries.  His clients cross the spectrum from individuals to major studios.

 

Prior to opening his current practice, Kevin’s experience includes stints at big law firms (Loeb and Loeb, Mitchell, Silberburg and Knupp), independent film companies, and twelve years as a Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures.  He regularly guest lectures at schools such as UCLA, Loyola Law School and the University of Southern California School of Music.  He is a frequent panelist at film and music industry symposia.

 

Kevin received his B.A., magna cum laude, in economics and mathematics from Dartmouth College, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was honored as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

 

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HENRY NUNEZ

Director of Development

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JOHN LASA

Director of Project Management