Jeff Skoll
Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP
Canada
2018

Participant Media

Jeff
Skoll

Founder / Chairman

Skoll decided at the outset to dedicate Participant Media to contributing to a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. His belief that a story well told can change the world has led to more than 80 acclaimed narrative and documentary films, including “Spotlight,” netting the company’s first best picture Oscar, and, also garnering Oscar’s laser eye, “Bridge of Spies,” “Lincoln” and “The Help.” Among its docs are “Food, Inc.,” “He Named Me Malala”and “An Inconvenient Truth.” Skoll’s innovative portfolio is coordinated under the Jeff Skoll Group, within which sit the Skoll Foundation and Skoll Global Threats Fund, with a focus on climate, water security and nuclear proliferation, and Capricorn Investment Group, which funds breakthrough solutions to global problems.

Career

  • Participant Media
  • Jeff Skoll Group
  • eBay

Education

  • University of Toronto (Canada)
  • Stanford University (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Participant's Jeff Skoll: How the Power of Film Spread 'An Inconvenient Truth'

Participant's Jeff Skoll: How the Power of Film Spread 'An Inconvenient Truth'

I had just come back from a 2005 international conference on major world issues, where the consensus on climate change was that we did not have to worry for another 50 years. Then I returned to Los Angeles and attended a presentation by Al Gore at CAA.Al’s now-famous slideshow on the climate made me realize we needed to act immediately to mitigate the damage to come. I had created Participant Media a year earlier to get people involved in the...

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