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Jeff Ivers steps down as Participant Media COO

Participant Media's chief operating officer Jeff Ivers (pictured) is leaving the company at the end of the month, the company confirmed this week.
July 14, 2015

Participant Media’s chief operating officer Jeff Ivers (pictured) is leaving the company at the end of the month, the company has confirmed.

The outgoing exec joined the prodco – which is focused on socially conscious film and television programs – as chief financial officer in 2004 before moving into his current role in 2009. Ivers’ departure comes three months after the company’s CEO Jim Berk left amidst a reported management restructure.

“Jeff was one of Participant’s first employees, and I am deeply grateful for his many years of service. He helped guide Participant’s growth from film into television and digital, shaping it into the global media company it is today,” said chairman Jeff Skoll in a statement.

Ivers did not reveal his future plans but said in the statement that “it has been a tremendous privilege to be part of realizing Jeff Skoll’s vision for a global media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires change, but after a decade at Participant, I’m now looking forward to the next stage of my career.”

Participant owns the U.S. cable network Pivot and has produced such feature documentaries as An Inconvenient Truth, Citizenfour, Merchants of Doubt and Malala, as well as scripted dramas including Lincoln and The Help.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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