An influential producer and activist, Caroline Baron is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated businesswomen. Having produced the Oscar-nominated film Capote, Baron’s many credits include the cross-cultural hit Monsoon Wedding, winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and numerous awards worldwide. Most recently, she executive produced Being Flynn, starring Julianne Moore and Robert De Niro. She is currently producing Mozart in the Jungle, which won the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Television Series for a Musical or Comedy. Read More >
Baron began her career as the production manager on the cult classic film The Toxic Avenger. Over the years, she has served as the associate producer for the hit television series The Wonder Years and co-produced such films as Center Stage, Flawless, Addicted to Love, The Santa Clause, and Mira Nair’s Kama Sutra. She also produced the miniseries Witness to the Mob with Robert De Niro. She also co-produced the documentary Preston Sturges: The Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer for PBS.
However, Baron is remarkable for more than just her production credits. Tapping into her Jewish roots, Baron lives by the Hebrew phrase “Tikkun Olam,” or “repairing the world.” In 1999, motivated by reports of families fleeing their homes in Kosovo to seek refuge in crowded camps in Macedonia, she founded the nonprofit organization FilmAid International. FilmAid’s programs provide life-saving information on HIV/AIDS, landmine awareness, health and hygiene, women’s rights, and conflict resolution. The programs ease psychological suffering, foster understanding, engage the mind, and spark the imagination. FilmAid currently reaches hundreds of thousands of refugees in Kenya and Tanzania.
In 2005, Baron founded A-Line Pictures with her husband and producing partner Anthony Weintraub. Baron and her husband are also the co-founders of yummico, a children’s media company. A-Line is currently 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 Allie’s ScreenTime, which Baron wrote. They are in development and production on several new properties.
Baron has won several awards for her work, including an Independent Spirit Producers Award for Capote, an Emmy Award for her work on The Wonder Years, and the 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.
In her unique keynotes, Caroline Baron encourages her audiences to use their passion to effect social change, providing examples from her own storied career and activism. She graduated with BA in English from Brandeis University. She lives in NYC with Weintraub and their two sons Asher and Emmanuel. Baron is currently an Assistant Arts Professor at NYU’s Tisch School of Undergraduate Film and Television, teaching classes on producing. Read Less ^