Baldwin was President of Crusader Entertainment and partner of Philip Anschutz from 2000 through early 2004. At Crusader, Baldwin developed and produced an impressive slate of films scheduled for release in 2004-2005, which include: the Paramount action-adventure film Sahara, starring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz in the leading roles, based on the popular Clive Cussler book of the same name; Swimming Upstream, with Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush and Academy Award nominee Judy Davis (MGM release); Danny Deckchair, the 2003 Toronto Film Festival Closing Night Gala film starring Rhys Ifans and Miranda Otto (to be released through Lion's Gate Entertainment); Sound of Thunder (Warner Bros.), with Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley; and The Game of Their Lives, starring Wes Bentley and Gerard Butler, written and directed by the team of Hoosiers and Rudy fame-David Anspaugh and Angelo Pizzo.
From 1984-2000 Baldwin formed and ran Baldwin/Cohen Productions with partner Richard Cohen, producing a variety of films such as Sudden Death, Gideon, Resurrection and the Russell Crowe hockey drama Mystery Alaska.
Prior to his career in film, Baldwin was integral in the formation and ownership of numerous sports franchises. In 1971, at the age of 28, he started the Hartford Whalers WHA hockey franchise; later he helped form Prism New England Sports Channel. Baldwin also co-brokered the historic merger of the WHA with the National Hockey League. In the early '90s, Baldwin became Chairman of the Board and owner of the two-time NHL Stanley Cup Champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Concurrently, Baldwin was the first American sports entrepreneur to break through the Iron Curtain and become 50% partner with the Russian government in ownership of the famous CCCP Red Army team in Moscow.
Equally noted for his diverse charitable activities, Baldwin was the driving force behind the Whalers' award-winning community relations program that was second to none in professional sports. He established the Whalers Foundation for Giving and a Whalers Teaching Chair in Pediatric Oncology at the University of Connecticut Health Center-a $500,000 gift.
Presently, Howard Baldwin is partnered with Global Spectrum on the $217 million Iowa Events Center under construction in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, that will house Baldwin's American Hockey League franchise.
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