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Jeff Skoll is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur. As founder and chairman of the Skoll Foundation, Participant Media, and the Skoll Global Threats Fund, he is bringing life to his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.
Mr. Skoll founded Participant Media in 2004 with the belief that a story well told has the power to inspire and compel social change. Participant’s films are accompanied by social action and advocacy campaigns to engage people on the issues addressed in the films.
He has served as executive producer on nearly three dozen films, which have to date received a total of 5 Academy Awards from 22 nominations. Participant’s films include, among others, George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck; Niki Caro’s North Country; Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana; Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth and Waiting for “Superman;” Marc Forster’s The Kite Runner; Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War; Thomas McCarthy’s The Visitor; Louie Psihoyos’ The Cove; Lucy Walker’s Countdown to Zero; Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc.;Tate Taylor’s The Help; Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion; John Madden’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel;andSteven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
In 2009, Participant launched its digital hub www.TakePart.com, an on-line Social Action Network™ that engages people in the major issues which shape their lives. TakePart launched a digital magazine on MSN and a YouTube network in 2012.