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David Linde

CEO, Participant Media


David Linde is chief executive officer of Participant Media, the global media company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, which is dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Linde is responsible for leading the company’s overall strategy, day-to-day operations, content creation, advocacy, strategic investments and acquisitions. Participant’s business includes the production, acquisition and financing of film, television and digital content.

Linde’s background spans production, global distribution and building multiple companies from the ground up. Linde most recently led Lava Bear Films, a production and financing company he founded with the support of Reliance Entertainment. Prior to Lava Bear, Linde served as chairman of Universal Pictures, where he successfully championed a broad outlook regarding international productions, animation and family entertainment, and distribution. Prior to his Universal appointment, Linde ran acclaimed specialty film studio Focus Features and its genre division, Rogue Pictures, both of which were formed from Universal’s acquisition of the acclaimed independent production company Good Machine, of which he was a partner. Prior to that, Linde served on the leadership team at Miramax Films and Miramax Films International.

Linde currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also sits on the Board of Directors of FilmIndependent, and is on the Board of Trustees of New Roads School.