Caroline Baron is a New York based film and television producer, humanitarian, entrepreneur and university professor. She produced the award winning film Capote starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, for which she received a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. Her many credits include the cross-cultural hit Monsoon Wedding, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and numerous awards worldwide. She is currently producing the critically acclaimed Amazon series, Mozart in the Jungle.
Baron and her filmmaker husband Anthony Weintraub are partners in A-Line Pictures and co-founders of children’s media company yummico. A-Line is producing a film adaptation of the bestselling novel Bel Canto, among others.
yummico produces multi-platform content for young children. The company has released the award-winning apps Yummiloo Rainbow Power and The Adventures of Ash and Ollie’s ScreenTime, which Baron wrote. They are in development and production on several new properties.
In 1999, motivated by reports of families who fled their homes in Kosovo to seek refuge in crowded camps in Macedonia, Baron founded the non-profit organization FilmAid International. FilmAid’s programs foster understanding, engage the mind and provide life-saving information on HIV/AIDS, landmine awareness, health and hygiene, women’s rights, and conflict resolution. FilmAid currently reaches hundreds of thousands of refugees and other vulnerable populations in Africa, Asia, South America, the mid-east and Haiti. Baron has traveled to Kenya, Tanzania, Guinea, Kosovo, Macedonia, Afghanistan and Haiti and has worked with several branches of the UN and the US Dept. of State as well as numerous NGOs in the field.
Baron is currently an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of Undergraduate Film and Television, teaching classes on producing.
Baron began her career as the production manager on the cult classic film, The Toxic Avenger. She has served as Producer, Co-Producer or Executive Producer on numerous films including Admission starring Tina Fey, Being Flynn starring Robert DeNiro, Center Stage, Flawless, Addicted to Love, The Santa Clause, and Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra. She was the Associate Producer of the hit television series The Wonder Years, produced the NBC miniseries Witness to the Mob and co-produced the documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer for PBS.
Baron has been recognized for her work at numerous international awards ceremonies and events, including winning the Emerging Producer award at the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards, an Oscar nomination for Capote for Best Picture, a Spirit Award nomination for Capote for Best Picture, an Emmy Award Citation for her work on The Wonder Years, and a 2006 Vision Producer of Excellence Award for Capote. She has received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Chapman University and the 2008 Alumni Achievement award from Brandeis University.
She graduated with BA in English from Brandeis University. She lives in NYC with Weintraub and their two sons Asher and Emmanuel. Asher is the creator of the “menurkey,” a menorah in the shape of a turkey that commemorated the unusual union of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving in 2013.
2014 Vanity Fair, “More than Movies….”
2012 Featured in Brandeis Magazine
2011 Print Ad for Pandora Star Charms honoring women with “unforgettable causes”
2008 Featured in an article in Variety
2004 Vanity Fair’s “Hall of Fame”
2004 Featured in Film Journal International (USA)
2001 Featured in O, The Oprah Magazine
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS (selected)
2015 FilmAid International Annual Gala, Honoree
2015 Haddassah, Myrtle Wreath Award
2015 Location Managers Guild Awards, Humanitarian Award
2013 Cinema For Peace Award (Ben Affleck, main honoree)
2008 Alumni Achievement Award from Brandeis University
2008 Chapman University, Honorary Doctorate of Letters
2006 Academy Award nomination Best Picture CAPOTE
2006 Independent Spirit Awards “Emerging Producer” Award
2006 PGA Golden Laurel Awards nomination Best Picture CAPOTE
2006 BAFTA Awards nomination Best Film CAPOTE
2005 Gotham IFP Award Best Feature CAPOTE
2005 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Picture CAPOTE
2005 AFI Award Official Selection Movie of the Year CAPOTE
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Award nomination Best Picture CAPOTE
2005 Gotham Award Best Picture CAPOTE
2004 Montblanc de la Culture Award for Arts Patronage FilmAid International
2003 Women in Film First Award for Global Vision FilmAid International
2003 Auburn Theological Seminary Lives of Commitment Award FilmAid International
2003 British Independent Film Awards Best Foreign Language Film MONSOON WEDDING
2002 Golden Globes nomination Best Film MONSOON WEDDING
2002 BAFTA Awards nomination Best Film MONSOON WEDDING
2001 Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Best Film MONSOON WEDDING
1989 Emmy Awards Best Comedy Series THE WONDER YEARS
PANELS, JURIES, LECTURES (selected)
2014 Key Note Speaker at Toronto International Kids Film Festival
2013 MIP Junior, Speaker, “Digital Kids”
2013 Speaker at NYWIFT Power Player Breakfast
2012 Speaker at Tribeca Film Institute Panel on Budgeting
2012 Learn “Budget 101” Tribeca Film Institute – Speaker/Panelist
2010 AFM “Pitch Me” Panel – Panelist
2010 NYU Tisch – Producing for Film – Guest Lecturer (David Irving)
2009 SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) – Guest Lecturer
2009 AFM “Pitch Me” Panel - Panelist
2008 Tribeca Film Institute Alfred P. Sloane Filmmaker Award – Selection Committee
2008 AFM “Pitch Me” Panel - Panelist
2008 Morelia Film Festival - Juror
2008 Commencement Address for Chapman University
2006 TropFest - Juror
2006 PGA Panel – Nominees Breakfast - Panelist
2006 Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, Deauville, France - Speaker
2004 Tribeca Film Institute All Access – Juror
2002 Tribeca Film Festival (Inaugural Festival) – Juror
Brandeis University, BA in English
ASSOCIATIONS AND GUILDS
AMPAS, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
Directors Guild of America
Producers Guild of America
New York Women in Film and Television
Founder, FilmAid Internaional