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Maiken Baird has been an independent documentary filmmaker for 25 years, specializing in international and political affairs. Maiken executive produced the Academy Award-winning film Icarus. She is a frequent collaborator of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and his Jigsaw Productions, first producing Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer in 2010 and, more recently, serving as an executive producer of Divide and Conquer: The Rise and Fall of Roger Ailes, as well as No Stone UnturnedElián, and the BAFTA-nominated City of Ghosts. In October 2020, Neon released Totally Under Control, directed by Gibney, on the Trump administration’s failure of leadership in response to the pandemic. Maiken also directed and produced the feature documentary Venus and Serena, about the legendary Williams sisters.

Maiken began her documentary career at ABC News as a researcher for Peter Jennings News Specials. She went on to produce documentaries for New York Times Television and National Geographic. She co-produced Chicago 10, directed by Brett Morgen and produced by Graydon Carter. Prior to becoming a documentary filmmaker, Maiken worked at the United Nations in New York, the European Union in Brussels and the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science from Stanford University and a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University. She is a member of BAFTA, the Producers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, and the Council on Foreign Relations.