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Participant Media Appoints Miura Kite to the newly created role of SVP, Narrative Television


LOS ANGELES, CA (October 9, 2017) – Participant Media is proud to announce that Miura Kite joins the company in its newly created position of Senior Vice President of Narrative Television. In her role, Kite will help build out Participant’s television slate by identifying, developing, and packaging high-end properties for premium cable, basic cable, and broadcast networks, as well as digital and emerging platforms. Kite will report to and work closely with Jonathan King, Participant’s President of Narrative Film & Television, who made the announcement today.

King commented on the appointment, saying: “Miura has great taste, a stellar reputation in the community, and the kind of expertise and experience that will be a tremendous asset to Participant as we continue to grow our television business and promote social change through all platforms.”

Kite added: “I have admired Participant Media since it was founded, and I am thrilled to be joining on the television side. Participant’s clear social mission and outstanding creative relationships make it an ideal home to create quality, trendsetting shows that will excite and inspire viewers.”

Participant’s expansion into narrative television production will bring the highly anticipated scripted drama series Central Park Five, directed by Ava DuVernay, to audiences through Netflix in 2018.

Prior to Participant, Kite most recently served as an Executive Producer with Assembly Entertainment at ITV Studios America. Kite joined Playtone in 2001 before being promoted in 2003 to Head of Development, a role she held until her departure from the company in 2011. In her role as Head of Development at Playtone, Kite co-produced the HBO Emmy Award®-winning film, Game Change, and HBO’s Emmy Award®-winning miniseries, The Pacific. She served as Development Executive on films Where the Wild Things Are, Participant Media’s Charlie Wilson’s War, City of Ember, Starter For 10, and Mamma Mia!, and was involved in the development of five seasons of HBO’s series Big Love and the miniseries John Adams.

In addition to working with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman via Playtone, Kite worked for Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella at Mirage Enterprises and Jonathan Demme at Clinica Estetico. At Mirage, she earned various production-related credits on several movies including Cold Mountain, The Quiet American, Heaven, Iris, Birthday Girl, and The Talented Mr. Ripley. During her tenure with Jonathan Demme, she worked on such films as Philadelphia, That Thing You Do!, Devil in a Blue Dress and Beloved, as well as various documentaries and concert films.

Kite is on the Advisory Board of WeForShe, a media advocacy group that strives to find practical ways to bring about a gender-balanced landscape in television, and she is a Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from U.C. Berkeley, focusing on Ethnic Diversity, Film Criticism and Literature.

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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.