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Participant chief David Linde extends contract as part of multi-year deal

Los Angeles-based prodco Participant (formerly Participant Media) has inked a multi-year deal to extend the contract of CEO David Linde. Linde (pictured) joined the company in 2015. In this role, he has rebuilt ...
September 12, 2019

Los Angeles-based prodco Participant (formerly Participant Media) has inked a multi-year deal to extend the contract of CEO David Linde.

Linde (pictured) joined the company in 2015. In this role, he has rebuilt Participant’s global distribution structure across all platforms and restructured the company’s approach to social impact.

Participant also expanded its content approach to include episodic television series and digital short form video under Linde’s leadership with the 2016 acquisition of media and entertainment company SoulPancake.

The industry veteran currently serves on the board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the board of directors of Film Independent.

“Since joining Participant, I’ve had the amazing opportunity of working with some of the most inspiring artists, thought-leaders, change-makers and professionals in our — or any — industry, all unified toward achieving a common goal: to create real-world change through the power of storytelling,” Linde said in a statement. “I’m incredibly grateful to Jeff’s passion and commitment and to his continued trust in me in helping carry out his vision of lasting impact.”

Last year, Participant earned 17 Academy Award nominations, including a Best Documentary Feature nomination for the 2018 film RBG.

The company’s expansion into long-form television programming was highlighted by the release of its first docuseries, Steve James’ acclaimed America to Me. Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Participant’s upcoming projects include Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance’s feature documentary Slay the Dragon, about the fight to end gerrymandering.

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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