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Participant Media's Jonathan King On 'A Fantastic Woman' & Continued Impact


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By Nancy Tartaglione

March 12, 2018

 

EXCLUSIVE: Sebastian Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman scored a first win for Chile with the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar last week. It was also the first win for Participant Media within its relationship with the talent behind the multi-layered pic. And, it ticks yet another box in Participant’s bid to make entertainment that inspires social change.

At the Oscars ceremony, A Fantastic Woman star Daniela Vega — who plays Marina, a transgender waitress and singer who is forced to confront suspicion and contempt after the death of her older lover — became the first openly transgender person to ever act as a presenter. She and the film also have a hand in potentially effecting social change at home, bringing a wider spotlight to a bill that would give transgender Chileans the right to change their name and gender ID in official documents. Read more

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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.