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Chrysalis Butterfly Ball honors Participant Media


LA Times reports on Saturday's 2014 Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, where Participant Media was honored.

Al Gore is surprise presenter at Chrysalis Butterfly Ball

By Ellen Olivier

LA Times – June 9, 2014 – 

The event: Chrysalis Butterfly Ball party-goers had a nice surprise on Saturday when former Vice President Al Gore turned up to deliver the tribute to honorees Jeff Skoll and Jim Berk, founder and chief executive, respectively, of Participant Media.

Powerhouse producer Steve Levitan of “Modern Family” and other hit comedies also presented an award to honoree Jay Sures, managing director of United Talent Agency, on behalf of the Chrysalis organization, which is dedicated to lifting individuals from homelessness and poverty.

And Chrysalis president and CEO Mark Loranger presented an award to client Darius Coffey, who achieved self-sufficiency with help from the organization.

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Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media’s (www.participantmedia.com) content combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 40 hours of digital short form programming, through its digital subsidiary SoulPancake—all aimed at entertainment that inspires social awareness and engaging audiences to participate in positive social change. Participant’s content and social impact mandate speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing over 2 billion consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant is positioned uniquely within the industry to engage a rapidly growing audience while bringing global awareness and action to today’s most vital issues.

Participant’s more than 80 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 56 Academy Award® nominations and 12 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for A Fantastic Woman. Participant’s digital entertainment division, SoulPancake (www.soulpancake.com), is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting digital content including such widely popular series as Kid President and The Science of Happiness and reaches an audience of nearly 9 million fans. Follow Participant Media on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram. Follow SoulPancake on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.