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Participant takes on TV

Moser to oversee development, production

Participant Prods. is getting into the TV biz, hiring Showtime vet John Moser to oversee a new smallscreen division.

Moser will oversee creation, development and production for all original TV programs at Participant. According to the shingle, its TV projects will “follow the company’s model of commercial and socially relevant entertainment.”

Participant CEO Jim Berk announced the division launch Thursday. Moser will report to Participant prexy Ricky Strauss.

“Participant’s entry into television is a natural extension of our brand as we pursue forms of media beyond feature films and documentaries,” Strauss said. “John’s experience and sensibility complement our goals perfectly. His talent in creating award-winning programming that entertains and inspires is strategically aligned with what we’re hoping to achieve.”

Moser previously handled series, movies and documentaries as Showtime Networks’ VP of original programming. While there, he helped develop the Emmy-nommed skein “This American Life,” as well as docs such as “Shame,” “Rikers High” and “Same Sex America.”

Moser’s credits also include stints at Hallmark Entertainment and Chanticleer Films. He also spent time in theater, writing, directing and producing the musical “Yours Lulu — Broadway to Berlin.”

Participant’s feature credits include the current releases “Darfur Now,” “Jimmy Carter Man From Plains” and “Angels in the Dust.”

Production company was also behind “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Murderball” and “Good Night, and Good Luck”; its next releases include Mike Nichols’ Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts vehicle “Charlie Wilson’s War” and Marc Forster’s “The Kite Runner.” Both go out in late December.

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