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Participant Media Promotes Sam Neswick to Chief Operating Officer

Participant Media, on the heels of seeing “Spotlight” win the Oscar for best picture, has promoted Sam Neswick from chief strategy officer to chief operating officer.

The announcement was made today by Participant founder and chairman Jeff Skoll and CEO David Linde. Neswick will report to Linde.

Neswick will oversee Participant’s corporate strategy and operations, expand and develop the company’s multiplatform content and distribution capabilities, and collaborate with the senior executive team to further integrate the company’s social impact agenda into each line of business. He will continue to be responsible for strategic planning, investments and corporate development in his new role.

Neswick was a key to Participant’s investment in Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners, which launched in December. Neswick also represents Participant as a board member for its investments in Evolution Media Partners, Cineflix Media, and Me to We.

He joined Participant in 2014 as senior vice president of strategic planning and was promoted to chief strategy officer last year.

“Since joining Participant, Sam has made significant contributions to the company,” Linde said. “He has proven to be a trusted and valued adviser to Jeff and me as we seek to build on 2015’s record year and continue to expand the company’s content portfolio and international reach.”

Participant was one of four production companies on “Spotlight,” which also won the best original screenplay Oscar, and backed “Bridge of Spies,” which won the best supporting actor Oscar for Mark Rylance.

Prior to joining Participant, Neswick held senior positions at Disney, where he oversaw the acquisition of Lucasfilm and strategic expansion in Asia.

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