Diane Weyermann

Diane Weyermann

President of Documentary Film & Television

As president of documentary film and television, Diane Weyermann is responsible for the documentary feature film and television slate of Participant Media, a company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change.

Participant’s recent documentary projects include Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s American Factory, Mark Johnson Harris and Deborah Oppenheimer’s Foster, Victor Kossakovsky’s Aquarela, Steve James’ America to Me, Derek Doneen’s The Price of Free, Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow, Rachel Dretzin’s Far From the Tree and Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk’s An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Previous releases include Oscar®-winning CITIZENFOUR, Oscar®-winning An Inconvenient Truth, Oscar®-nominated RBG, Oscar®-nominated The Look of Silence, Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning Food, Inc., Emmy®-nominated The Great Invisible, as well as Page One: Inside the New York Times, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, He Named Me Malala, Merchants of Doubt, A Place at the Table, Waiting for “Superman,” Countdown to Zero, Standard Operating Procedure, Jimmy Carter from Plains and Darfur Now.

Prior to joining Participant in 2005, Weyermann was the director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program. During her tenure at Sundance, she was responsible for the Sundance Documentary Fund, a program supporting documentary films dealing with contemporary human rights, social justice, civil liberties, and freedom of expression from around the world. She launched two annual documentary film labs, focusing on the creative process – one dealing with editing and storytelling, and the other with music. Weyermann’s work in the documentary field extends many years prior to Sundance.

For seven years, Weyermann was the director of the Open Society Institute New York’s arts and culture program. In addition to her work with contemporary art centers and culture programs in the Soros Foundation network, she launched the Soros Documentary Fund (which later became the Sundance Documentary Fund) in 1996.


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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.


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