LA Gala Evening 2011

Honoring Participant Media and Founder Jeff Skoll

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception
7:00 pm Program & Dinner


The Paley Center for Media will honor Participant Media and founder Jeff Skoll at its annual Gala event "Salute to Excellence," Tuesday, December 13 at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Participant Media, whose most recent film projects include The Help and Contagion, is being honored for its unique use of media to accelerate social change. Participant’s films are often accompanied by innovative social action and advocacy campaigns designed to give a voice to issues that resonate in the films, and to inspire individuals to take action.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Paley Center’s ongoing educational efforts to increase the public’s understanding of media and its growing significance in our lives through its various public and industry programs, exhibitions and media preservation initiatives.

"Jeff Skoll founded Participant Media with the belief that a story well told has the power to inspire and compel social change," said Pat Mitchell, president & CEO of The Paley Center for Media. "It’s a privilege to honor the creativity and leadership that Jeff Skoll and Participant Media bring to the media landscape."

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For more information, download the press release.


About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. For more information, please visit

About Participant Media

Participant Media is an entertainment company that focuses on documentary and narrative feature films, television, publishing, and digital content about the real issues that shape our lives. For each of its projects, Participant creates social action and advocacy programs to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Participant’s online Social Action Network is TakePart. Founded by chairman Jeff Skoll in 2004, Jim Berk serves as CEO and Ricky Strauss as president. Participant's films include The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson's War, An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night, and Good Luck, The Visitor, Food, Inc., The Cove, The Crazies, Countdown to Zero, Waiting for "Superman”, Fair Game, PAGE ONE: Inside The New York Times, The Help, and Contagion.


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Pat Mitchell


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