Actor, Director, Producer, Entrepreneur and Changemaker, Co-Founder, The Wayfarer Foundation, Author of Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity
Justin Baldoni is an actor, director, producer, entrepreneur, and changemaker whose efforts are focused on creating impactful media and entertainment. As a creative entrepreneur with a mission, Baldoni is the co-founder of Wayfarer Studios, an independent production engine pioneering purpose-driven productions that elevate and speak to the human spirit. He is also the founder of…
Justin Baldoni is an actor, director, producer, entrepreneur, and changemaker whose efforts are focused on creating impactful media and entertainment. Baldoni is the co-founder of Wayfarer Studios, an independent financial and production engine pioneering purpose-driven, multiplatform film and television productions that elevate and speak to the human spirit. He is also the founder of Wayfarer Entertainment, a social impact production company, and founder of Wayfarer Foundation, a non-profit which seeks to change the way communities see and respond to unhoused populations.
In 2019, Baldoni co-founded Wayfarer Studios with business leader, humanitarian and film producer Steve Sarowitz, disrupting the typical studio model by producing stories that serve as true agents for social change. Baldoni directed and produced Wayfarer Studios’ first featurefilm project, Clouds, which is based on the book Fly a Little Higher by Laura Sobiech about her son Zach. The film was acquired by Disney+, becoming Disney’s first-ever narrative acquisition on its global platform. In addition to Clouds, Wayfarer Studios has already built out a robust, genre-defying slate with innovative projects spanning film, scripted television, documentaries, digital platforms and more.
Baldoni made his feature-film directorial debut in March 2019 with Five Feet Apart for CBS Films and Lionsgate, starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson as Cystic Fibrosis patients who fall in love but aren’t allowed physical contact due to their medical condition. The film went on to gross $91 million worldwide, making it CBS Films’ third highest grossing film of all time, and was nominated for several awards including a People’s Choice Award nomination for “Drama Movie of 2019” and a Teen Choice Award nomination for “Choice Drama Movie.”
As a director, Baldoni is known to leave a lasting impression on his audience. In 2012, he created and directed The CW’s My Last Days, an uplifting documentary series about life as told by courageous people living with terminal illnesses. The series is currently in its fifth season on The CW and was recognized by the Television Academy Honors as one of the most powerful and impactful television shows of 2018 that inspired widespread social change.
Baldoni co-founded Wayfarer Entertainment in 2013—a social impact production company specializing in inspirational digital and branded content with a mission to create projects that benefit the world. Through this platform, he created the dinner conversation series, Man Enough, which dives into traditional masculinity while focusing on topics like body image, relationships, and fatherhood. He has spoken about his own journey with masculinity in a viral TED Talk as well as across college campuses in America, which he turned into his book, Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity, and his own podcast, The Man Enough Podcast, where he talks with guests about these topics.
Baldoni is also founder and chairman of The Wayfarer Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the way communities see and respond to the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Each year, The Wayfarer Foundation puts on one of Los Angeles’ largest volunteer events, the Skid Row Carnival of Love, which provides connection, services, and resources to people who are experiencing homelessness in LA’s Skid Row community. Over the past few years, over 6,000 volunteers have served over 15,000 guests, providing them access to over 100 service partners.
Baldoni first rose to worldwide fame through his role as “Rafael” on The CW’s award-winning phenomenon Jane the Virgin.
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LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
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Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
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