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Participant Media Promotes Gabriel Brakin to General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Business Affairs

LOS ANGELES (March 17, 2016) – Participant Media has promoted Gabriel Brakin to general counsel and executive vice president, Business Affairs. The announcement was made today by Participant founder and chairman Jeff Skoll and CEO David Linde. Brakin will report to Linde.

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

“Gabe’s insights and counsel have made him an invaluable member of the senior leadership team and are essential to Participant’s continued growth,” said Linde.  “Most recently, Gabe was instrumental in negotiating our recent deal for Amblin Partners, tasked with providing critical strategy and in structuring the partnership.”

“It has been a privilege to be part of Participant’s growth over the past several years, and I am especially proud of our recent success,” said Brakin. “I am excited to work closely with our incredibly talented team to continue producing content that inspires and compels social change on a global level.” 

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

Participant’s recent successful run during the awards season culminated in three Academy Awards®, including the company’s first Best Picture win for Spotlight. The company’s 2016 film slate includes Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon (Lionsgate); J.S. Bayona’s A Monster Calls (Focus Features); Pablo Larrain’s Neruda; Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceans (DreamWorks Pictures/Disney); Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, and Timothy Spall (Bleecker Street); Middle School, based on James Patterson’s best-seller series (CBS Films); Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller; Alex Gibney’s Zero Days (Magnolia Pictures); Morgan Neville’s The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble  (The Orchard); and Presenting Princess Shaw (Magnolia Pictures).


About Participant Media

Participant Media (http://www.participantmedia.com/) is a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for viewers to get involved. Participant’s more than 70 films, including SpotlightContagion, LincolnThe HelpHe Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOURFood, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 50 Academy Award® nominations and 11 wins, including Best Picture for Spotlight. Participant has also launched more than a dozen original series, including “Please Like Me,” Emmy® Award-winning “Hit Record On TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt,” and “Fortitude,” for its television network, Pivot (http://www.pivot.tv/). Participant's digital hub, TakePart (http://www.TakePart.com), serves millions of socially conscious consumers each month with daily articles, videos and opportunities to take action. Follow Participant Media on Twitter at @Participant and on Facebook


Jennifer St. Clair, Participant Media
Susan Arons, Rubenstein Communications

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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 30 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 100 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 73 Academy Award® nominations and 18 wins, including Best Picture for Green Book and Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma and 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.


Participant Media became a Certified B Corporation in 2018. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.