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Participant CEO David Linde Discusses International Expansion With ScreenDaily

Participant Media's David Linde talks international expansion

Screen Daily – February 9, 2017

By Jeremy Kay

It feels only right that less than 18 months after David Linde was named CEO of Participant Media, the company has made its first concrete moves in the international distribution arena. As the former Universal Pictures chairman and the man who helped established Good Machine with partners James Schamus and Ted Hope — before it morphed into Focus Features — Linde knows as well as anyone the value and importance of reaching a global audience.

Participant, founded by US philanthropist and entrepreneur Jeff Skoll to effect social change, announced its sales pact with Lionsgate International in January. The deal covers Participant films in all territories outside North America, including all available non-output territories for the features that fall under Participant’s deal with Amblin Partners as a co-investor alongside Reliance Group, eOne and Alibaba Group. Read more.

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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 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.