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Participant Media to Produce and Finance Green Book Starring Academy Award-Nominee Viggo Mortensen and Academy Award-Winner Mahershala Ali


Linda Cardellini Also Joins Cast of Film Inspired by Friendship Between Anthony "Tony Lip" Vallelonga and Musician Dr. Don Shirley

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 30, 2017) – Participant Media announced today that the company will produce and finance the film currently titled Green Book through Amblin Partners. The film, starring Oscar®-nominee Viggo Mortensen and Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, will be directed by Peter Farrelly, from a script he wrote with Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie. Emmy®-nominated actress Linda Cardellini (Mad Men, Daddy’s Home, Avengers: Age of Ultron) has also joined the cast. The project is produced by Jim Burke, Charles Wessler and Farrelly along with Vallelonga and Currie. Executive producers are Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, along with Cinetic Media’s John Sloss and Steve Farneth as well as Kwame Parker. The film is slated to commence principal photography this week.

Green Book tells the true story of Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer with a seventh-grade education, who in 1962 was hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, one of the world’s finest jazz pianists, on a concert tour from New York City through the pre-Civil Rights era Deep South.  Being that Dr. Shirley was African-American, the men relied on the Negro Motorist Green Book to guide them to the few motels, restaurants and gas stations that they were welcomed in below the Mason-Dixon Line.  Confronted with racism, danger, and, sometimes unexpected humanity, the journey opened both men’s eyes to each other, and to the world they lived in.

Farrelly stated, “To have Viggo, Mahershala and Linda in my movie is a blessing and an embarrassment of riches. I am looking forward to working with all of them and sharing Nick’s testament to his father with the world.”

“We are proud to support the whole creative team on this film that beautifully highlights the enduring importance of friendship, family and the freedom to express yourself,” said Jonathan King, Participant’s President of Narrative Film & Television.

Green Book is planned for release through Participant’s output arrangements via Amblin Partners.

Mortensen is represented by UTA, Rawlins Company, and attorney Stuart Rosenthal of Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman. Ali is represented by WME, Anonymous Content, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Cardellini is represented by ICM Partners and Mosaic.

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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.