David Linde
Alex J. Berliner
United States
2020

Participant Media

David
Linde

CEO

When the pandemic hit, Linde moved quickly to create a trio of PSA series designed to promote tactics to slow the spread of the coronavirus and combat misinformation, featuring “Minions” characters, “Sesame Street” Muppets and talent from its prescient 2011 film “Contagion,” including director Steven Soderbergh and star Matt Damon. The company also used the social impact campaigns for its films — including the documentaries “Slay the Dragon” (about gerrymandering), “John Lewis: Good Trouble” and Spike Lee’s film of David Byrne’s Broadway concert musical “American Utopia” — to encourage people to vote in the 2020 election. At the same time, he oversaw Participant’s production slate, which has nine films scheduled for release in 2021, including “Stillwater,” starring Damon, and “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Career

  • ROMA
  • GREEN BOOK
  • RBG

Education

  • Swarthmore College (PA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • EmPOWerment Award
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Participant Extends David Linde's Contract as CEO

Participant Extends David Linde's Contract as CEO

Participant has extended David Linde’s contract as chief executive officer with a multi-year deal, four years after the veteran executive joined the company.Participant founder Jeff Skoll, who launched the company as Participant Media in 2004, made the announcement Thursday.“David has done an exceptional job taking Participant to new heights the last four years,” Skoll said. “He possesses a rare combination of entertainment industry acumen, keen artistic sensibility, and a true passion to make a difference in the world through storytelling....

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“I’ve been lucky to receive very good advice from a broad spectrum of very smart people. I still remember when I was a relative kid, around our fevered pursuit of "Crying Game", Harvey said (simply and passionately): Always think about what more you can do and how can you do it even better, and then actually do it.”

What or who inspires you?

“So much, but it all starts with my parents, who are 93 and been married for 72 years. Their commitment to a just society (not to mention each other) is an absolute and an incredible beacon to follow. My wife and I have been together for 35 years and I work with Jeff Skoll, so it seems to have rubbed off!”

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