Participant Media Launching Cable Channel in 2013

Participant Media Launching Cable Channel in 2013

Participant Media — founded by Jeff Skoll to invest in such movies as The Help and Lincoln, as well as documentaries, including An Inconvenient Truth, that inspire social action — is launching a cable TV channel in summer 2013 aimed at the Millennial Generation, according to an announcement Monday by Skoll and CEO Jim Berk. Evan … Read more

Participant Media Founder Jeff Skoll On The Power Of A Good Story

Participant Media Founder Jeff Skoll On The Power Of A

When I was a kid, I read a lot. By the time I was a teenager I formed a view that the world of the future might not be pleasant, with overpopulation, competition for resources and terrible new weapons and wars. I wanted to be a writer and tell stories to get people interested in … Read more

Participant Media Acquires Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake

Participant Media Acquires Rainn Wilsons SoulPancake

Continuing to expand on its promise of offering entertainment content that aims to make the world a better place, Participant Media is acquiring the digital entertainment company SoulPancake. The transaction gives the financial backer of feature films like “Spotlight,” “The Help,” and “Lincoln” control of a maker of short-form videos and inspirational programs. Actor Rainn … Read more

Jonathan King departing Participant Media to pursue independent producing

Jonathan King departing Participant Media to pursue independent producing

Jonathan King will step down from his role as president of narrative film and television at Participant Media to pursue independent production. King, who expects to announce his first project “imminently”, has been with Participant Media for 12 years, working alongside documentary film and television chief Diane Weyermann. In that time he has assembled a … Read more

Participant Media And Project On Government Oversight Join To Demand Greater Accountability In The U.S. Justice System, Inspired By The Story Of Aaron Swartz

Participant Media And Project On Government Oversight Join To Demand

Los Angeles, CA, June 27, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Participant Media, the global entertainment company dedicated to entertainment that inspires social change, today announced the launch of a social advocacy campaign, in collaboration with the Project on Government Oversight, around key issues in the company’s new documentary, The Internet’s Own Boy, encouraging audiences to demand … Read more

Participant Media Scales Back TakePart Website, Layoffs Expected (EXCLUSIVE)

Participant Media Scales Back TakePart Website Layoffs Expected EXCLUSIVE

Participant Media is scaling back and rebranding its TakePart division in a bid to re-orient its strategy with the changing digital landscape. Several layoffs are expected at the TakePart division as a result. The revamp will fold TakePart into the Participant Media brand and focus more resources on original video as well as new forms of storytelling, such as … Read more

Participant Media invents an activist aesthetic

“The more we know, the more likely we are to do the right things.” That’s scientist and researcher Peter Gleick, speaking toward the end of “Last Call at the Oasis,” a galvanizing documentary about water and its impending urgencies — the harrowing lack of it and the deadly contamination of what remains. Gleick’s valedictory serves … Read more

Participant Media president explains why Netflix was right for ‘Roma’

Participant Media president explains why Netflix was right for Roma

Speaking this weekend at the Zurich Summit (29), Participant Media president Jonathan King explained why Alfonso Cuaron’s Golden Lion winning awards season contender Roma is bypassing a conventional theatrical release in favour of going down the Netflix route. King revealed that Participant, which financed and produced the feature “didn’t really tell anyone” that the company … Read more

Participant Media Ups Trio Of Execs

Participant Media Ups Trio Of

EXCLUSIVE: After finishing a year in which it backed awards bait films Roma, Green Book, RBG and America To Me, and starting 2019 with American Factory and The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind premiering here at Sundance, Participant Media has elevated three of its key executives. Christina Kounelias has been elevated to President of Worldwide … Read more

Billionaire Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media Details Plans To Launch Its Own Cable Channel

Participant Media CEO Jim Berk (left) and founder, chairman and owner of Participant Media Jeff… [+] Skoll (Image credit: Getty Images For AFI via @daylife) Jeff Skoll, the former eBay executive who is dedicated to solving the world’s big problems, has just taken a step to expand his movie company Participant Media – the company … Read more

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