Justin Baldoni

Contributing associate | Speaker | Co-Founder, Wayfarer Studios

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, multi-platform film and television productions that elevate and speak to the human spirit. He is also the 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. In 2020, Baldoni directed and produced Wayfarer Studios’ first feature-film 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.  

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. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children and their new puppy. 

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