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'Spotlight' Wins Best Picture Oscar®

'Spotlight' Also Wins Best Original Screenplay, and Mark Rylance Wins Best Supporting Actor for 'Bridge of Spies'

Participant Media is a part of two films that collectively won three Oscars® at the 88th Academy Awards® ceremony, including Best Picture for Spotlight, which Participant developed and financed.

The Best Picture Oscar® marks the first for Participant. Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer also won for Best Original Screenplay.

In addition, Mark Rylance picked up the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® for his performance in Bridge of Spies.

David Linde, CEO, Participant Media commented on the awards. “Jeff Skoll, the entire team at Participant Media and I are extremely grateful for Spotlight and Bridge of Spies' Academy Award wins - best picture and original screenplay for Spotlight, and best supporting actor for Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies. Spotlight gave a voice to the voiceless and empowers other survivors to tell their stories to impact societal change. We are immensely proud of our films and the profound effect that these important stories have on so many people.”

Bridge of Spies, a DreamWorks Pictures and Fox 2000 Pictures production, is directed by Steven Spielberg, and produced by Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Executive producers are Adam Somner, Daniel Lupi, and Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King. The title marks the seventh film Participant has collaborated with DreamWorks Studios, to which the partnership continues to grow through the recently formed Amblin Partners, a new film, television and digital content creation company.

Spotlight, the true story about The Boston Globe’s coverage of the 2003 Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, is produced Steve Golin and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content, and Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust of Rocklin/Faust. Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producers, with Michael Bederman, Open Road Films’ Tom Ortenberg and Peter Lawson, and Entertainment One’s Patrice Theroux and Harold van Lier. Kate Churchill is co-producer and David Mizner is associate producer.  

Inspired by the film and The Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s reporting, the Spotlight Investigative Journalism Fellowship was established. Aimed at supporting the work of investigative journalists, the fellowship of up to $100,000 will be awarded by The Boston Globe. The chosen journalist(s) will collaborate with established investigative reporters and editors from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight Team. The fellowship sponsors include The Globe, Open Road Films, and Participant, with support from First Look Media.

Participant Media would like to acknowledge all partners on the two Oscar®-winning projects: Open Road, Entertainment One, First Look Media, The Boston Globe, and Knight Ridder on behalf of Spotlight; and Amblin Partners, DreamWorks Studios, and Disney for Bridge of Spies.

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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.