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Jim Berk

CEO, Participant Media


Jim Berk is CEO of Participant Media, a global entertainment company founded in 2004 that focuses on socially relevant film, television, publishing and digital content. Participant’s 50+ films include AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, WAITING FOR SUPERMAN, THE HELP, CONTAGION and LINCOLN. Since Jim joined in 2006, Participant has evolved into a diversified entertainment company with an expanded film slate, two film financing funds and a Spanish-language film label, in addition to Pivot, the company’s new television channel targeting Millennials, Participant's digital network,, and a portfolio of media investments.

Prior to Participant, Jim led companies including Gryphon Colleges, Fairfield Communities, Hard Rock Cafe Intl and The Grammy Foundation, in addition to working at Rank Group. Jim began his career in education, serving as a teacher, and eventually becoming the youngest high school principal in the history of the Los Angeles Unified School District.