Gabriel Brakin


Gabriel Brakin

General Counsel & EVP, Business Affairs

As general counsel and EVP of Business Affairs, Gabriel Brakin oversees all film financing and investments, plays a key role in shaping and implementing strategic business initiatives and manages the business and legal affairs team conducting negotiations for all of Participant’s film and digital content, marketing, and social impact as well as cross-platform creative and distribution activities. He also oversees intellectual property, corporate matters and compliance issues. 

Brakin joined Participant in 2008 as vice president, Business and Legal Affairs. Prior to Participant, Brakin was an entertainment and media transactions attorney in the Century City office of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Prior to O’Melveny, Brakin served as a law clerk to the Honorable A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.  

Brakin serves on the board of directors of the Constitutional Rights Foundation and holds a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and B.A. in Political Science from UCLA. 

Participant MediaAbout Participant Media

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.