In 2009, Participant Media launched an on-going series of Participant Media Guides to issues of critical concern that have been the focus of features and documentary films we've produced.

Since then, Participant and PublicAffairs have published a total of 8 titles and are presently finalizing the topics for four future books. All of these guides provide well-research information about the critical, topical issues of our times; the filmmakers' points of view about their chosen topic; and helpful suggestions for readers should they wish to make a positive impact on the issue under discussion. Two books in the series have reach #1 New York Times Best Seller status: A Participant Media guide to FOOD, Inc.: How Industrial Food is Making us Sicker, Fatter and Poorer—And What You Can Do About It, and Waiting for "SUPERMAN"; How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools.

For young adult readers Participant Media partnered with Puffin, a Division of the Penguin Publishing Group to publish Girls Gone Green by Lynn Hirshfield. Containing over 20 profiles of everyday girls and notable young female celebrities who have started "green" projects to help their schools and communities, this award-winning book is an inspiration for anyone who wants to help save our planet. The book has spawned a vibrant social media community of young green-minded activists sharing tips, news and other environmental insights.

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Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media’s ( 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 (, 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.