VENICE, Italy — Participant Media's David Linde and Diane Weyermann made the trek to Venice for the world premiere Friday of Ai Weiwei’s migrant crisis doc “Human Flow,” which they say encapsulates exactly what the Hollywood mini-major is hoping to achieve with entertainment that aims to drive social change.“Ai Weiwei wasn’t trying to make an art movie,” Weyermann said about the ambitious piece shot over more than a year in 23 countries by the Chinese artist.“He was very clear about that....
A highly experienced and well-regarded expert in global cinema and sales, he has an extensive background in production, global distribution and building multiple companies from the ground up.
Before joining Participant as CEO in 2015, Linde, who’s responsible for leading the company’s overall strategy, day-to-day operations, content creation, advocacy, strategic investments and acquisitions, led Lava Bear Films, a production and financing company he founded with the support of Reliance Entertainment. Prior to Lava, Linde served as chairman of Universal, where he successfully championed a broad outlook regarding international productions, animation and family entertainment, and distribution.
Before that, Linde ran acclaimed specialty film studio Focus Features and its genre division, Rogue Pictures, both of which were formed from Universal’s acquisition of independent production company Good Machine, of which he was a partner.
During his tenure at Focus, Linde and co-president James Schamus oversaw a diverse slate that scored 53 Oscar nominations and 11 Academy Awards. Linde cut his teeth at Miramax and led the acquisition of Peter Jackson’s “Heavenly Creatures,” Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway,” and Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine,” as well as the international distribution of Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” Wes Craven’s “Scream,” and Anthony Minghella’s multi-Academy Award-winning “The English Patient.” Recent projects include “Neruda” and “A Monster Calls.”