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Jonathan King is executive vice president of production at Participant Media, which he joined in 2007. Participant’s films are accompanied by social action and advocacy campaigns to engage people on the issues addressed in the films. Among the company’s movies that Mr. King has been executive producer on are the sleeper hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, directed by John Madden; Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion; Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln; Pablo Larrain’s No; Ric Roman Waugh’s Snitch; and Chavez, directed by Diego Luna.
Prior to joining Participant, he was executive vice president, production, at Focus Features. He came to Focus from his post as president of production at Laurence Mark Productions, which was based at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He supervised development and production of the production company’s slate of projects, which included the multi-Academy Award-winning Dreamgirls, adapted and directed by Bill Condon and co-produced by Mr. King; and The Lookout, written and directed by Scott Frank. For the company, Mr. King also oversaw, and executive-produced, Gus Van Sant’s Finding Forrester, starring Sean Connery and Rob Brown.
Prior to joining Mr. Mark’s company, Mr. King was an independent feature film producer. Among his credits were Audrey Wells’ Guinevere, starring Sarah Polley and Stephen Rea; and Sebastian Gutierrez’ Judas Kiss, starring Carla Gugino, Simon Baker, Alan Rickman, and Emma Thompson.
Mr. King previously worked as a production and acquisitions executive at Miramax Films. He began his industry career working at MGM/UA, after earning a BA in History from Stanford University and an MFA in Film Production from Florida State University.