BSR Conference 2013

The Power of Networks

November 5-8 / San Francisco

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Jim Berk

CEO, Participant Media

Plenary Speaker

Jim Berk

Jim Berk is CEO of Participant Media, a global entertainment company focusing on feature films, television, publishing, digital content, and social campaigns that inspire social change. Participant’s more than 40 films include An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., The Help, Contagion, and Lincoln. During Berk’s tenure, Participant increased its film slate to six to eight features per year; created TakePart.com, a leading social action digital platform; formed Participant PanAmerica to develop and finance films for and from Spanish-speaking territories; established film financing funds with Image Nation and the Doha Film Institute; invested in Me to We, theAudience, and Cineflix; and acquired The Documentary Channel and Halogen, which combined to form Pivot, a new channel for millennials that launched August 1. Previously, Berk was the CEO of Gryphon Colleges, Fairfield Communities, and Hard Rock Cafe and was the founding executive of both The Grammy Foundation and the Hamilton Academy of Music.


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