“Jonathan is an innovative producer who communicates clear cut objectives and goals to execute highly creative projects. His focused self-starter approach to every job allows him to sucessfully spearhead every project." Michele Davis, Marketing and Promotions Consultant / Former VP - Women in Film - New England
“(Jonathan is...) Always open to ideas and suggestions while at the same time playing an active creative role. He is a great producer with great ideas! I know I’ll work with him again.”
Jeff Darby - Senior Sound Designer - Sony Digital Entertainment
Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Jonathan got his start as a teen working as a summer intern for producer Marilyn Hall ("A Woman Called Golda") and then as an intern for “Entertainment Tonight.” He was soon promoted from the research department to assisting film historian Leonard Maltin. Stein was responsible for picking all the classic film clips and sound bites for Maltin’s daily video segments, contributed film reviews, and helped edit the best-selling “Leonard Maltin’s TV Movies and Video Guide.”
Jonathan got in to a 12-person/2 year film production program at San Francisco State University. For his thesis, he produced the award-winning 16mm documentary short “Critizen.” The film went on to become an official selection at Sundance, South by Southwest, the Leipzig International Documentary Festival among others. “Critizen” also won numerous awards including the International Documentary Association Student Achievement Award.
After graduation, Jonathan returned to Los Angeles, where within a few weeks he landed a job as a Line Producer for an episode of the French television series “Femmes.” For the next few years, he worked as an Assistant and Creative Executive for top producers including Phyllis Carlyle (“Se7en,” “The Accidental Tourist”), Marc Boyman (“Dead Ringers,” “The Fly”), and The Wolper Organization (“Roots,” “L.A. Confidential”). Stein also worked as a Story Analyst for Showtime, Hallmark, Distant Horizon and VH1. He transitioned into reality television as a Story Development Executive and Researcher for Fox/ABC Family’s “Exploring the Unknown”, Eleventh Day Entertainment and NBC's two hour prime time special “Confirmation - The Hard Evidence of Aliens Among Us.”
Stein commenced producing the low budget feature “Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun,” a satirical horror film masquerading as an authentic Grindhouse horror film from 1972. The film appeared in numerous festivals, distributed in over a dozen countries and was released domestically on DVD by Think Films.
Jonathan used his experience producing the above feature and was soon consulting on 1-2 million films. He was the Unit Production Manager for the feature film “Confessions of a Pit Fighter,” starring Armand Assante and Flavor Flav. For two years, Jonathan resided as the in-house Production Manager and Post Production Supervisor for The Halsey Company. He traveled the country where he oversaw the production of projects including Tim McGraw’s hit music videos “When the Stars Go Blue” and “Last Dollar (Fly Away).” His additional projects at Halsey includes the commercial “Bolton Swings Sinatra”, a 12 camera concert shoot for “Feed the Children”, various documentaries, behind the scenes and an Elvis infomercial shot on location in Shreveport, Louisiana.
After living in California for nearly twenty years, Jonathan moved to Boston where he was a Consulting Producer for the PBS/American Experience documentary, “The People v. Leo Frank“ and story consultant on a duo of Berlin wall documentaries for PBS. He landed a position as an Interactive Producer for Accela Communications where he spearheaded business-to-business interactive online videos for Fortune 500 companies.
In 2012, Jonathan made the pilgrimage back to D.C. where he is currently working as a consultant to various independent producers and companies. When he's not cooking for friends and family, he practices yoga, enjoys traveling, re-discovering the city and spending time with his family, especially his niece and nephew.