About Participant Media


Participant Media was founded in 2004 by social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll, with a commitment to producing entertainment with socially relevant themes. As the leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change, Participant Media’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 Media has produced more than 80 feature and documentary films that have collectively earned 56 Academy Award® nominations and 12 wins and have highlighted some of the most pressing issues of our time. Initially founded with a focus on film, over the past decade Participant has expanded to become a multi-platform content company, 
annually producing up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and over 40 hours of digital short form programming through SoulPancake.
 
Film highlights include the 2016 Academy Award®-winning Best Picture, SpotlightWonder, ContagionLincolnThe HelpHe Named Me Malala, The Look of SilenceFood, Inc., Academy Award®-winning
 Best Foreign Language Film A Fantastic Woman, and Academy Award®-winning Best Documentaries CITIZENFOUR and An Inconvenient Truth. Participant has partnered with many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Cary Fukunaga, Stephen Gaghan, Steven Soderbergh, Jonathan Demme, Richard Linklater, Gus Van Sant, John Madden, Tom McCarthy, Ava DuVernay, Laura Poitras, Alex Gibney, Errol Morris, Davis Guggenheim, Steve James, Robert Kenner, Margaret Brown and Joshua Oppenheimer.
 
In November 2015, David Linde was appointed CEO of Participant Media and is responsible for leading the company’s overall strategy, day-to-day operations, content creation, advocacy, strategic investments and acquisitions. Linde’s background spans production, global distribution and building multiple companies from the ground up. In keeping with Skoll’s original vision for the company, Linde leads the executive team as it continues seeking to entertain and inform through meaningful content and socially relevant impact campaigns.
 
Participant expanded its footprint, joining long-time collaborator Steven Spielberg in the formation of Amblin Partners in 2015. The content creation company was formed by DreamWorks Studios, Participant, Reliance Entertainment and eOne, developing and producing film, television and digital content using the Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Pictures and Participant banners. Participant remains a separate company that also continues to independently develop, produce and finance projects with socially relevant themes.
 
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. 
 
Participant Media is a key part of Jeff Skoll’s innovative portfolio of commercial and philanthropic enterprises that also includes The Skoll Foundation, Skoll Global Threats Fund and Capricorn Investment Group. Together the Jeff Skoll Group ecosystem is able to address the world’s most pressing issues and drive large-scale social impact across the globe.

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.