Participant Media has launched a television division, hiring IFC TV and Sundance Channel president Evan Shapiro (pictured) to run it.
Shapiro will leave IFC and Sundance Channel on May 7 to join the company as president of Participant Television, reporting directly to Jim Berk, Participant Media CEO. He will be responsible for the conception, development and production of television programming that falls under Participant’s model of commercial and socially relevant entertainment.
“Expanding Participant’s brand of storytelling into television is both a natural progression and integral part of our expansion strategy,” said Berk of the new TV unit and Shapiro’s hire. “Evan’s tremendous impact in transforming the IFC and Sundance networks, combined with his genuine interest in socially relevant media, make him the perfect choice.”
Participants titles include non-fiction films such as Food, Inc.; An Inconvenient Truth; The Cove; and Last Call at the Oasis.
Shapiro joins from AMC Networks, where he is currently president of IFC TV and Sundance Channel, and where he has exec produced documentaries and series including This Film Is Not Yet Rated, Brick City and At The Death House Door.
In a statement, he said: “For me, Participant’s double bottom line mission and model have always stood out on the media landscape – personally and professionally, I am driven by similar goals.”