|[March 06, 2014]
Participant Media Hosts Tech, Entertainment, and Social Change Luminaries for a Special Day-Long Event at SXSW 2014
AUSTIN, Texas --(Business Wire)--
Offering an unprecedented opportunity to explore the powerful
intersection of technology, storytelling, and social action, Participant
Media, the award-winning global entertainment company known for films
such as Lincoln, An Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc.,
has created a day-long event at SXSW (News - Alert) 2014 spotlighting media and social
good entitled Engage, Inspire, Ignite: Conversations About
Unleashing Social Good.
The six-part panel series event, which is part of the company's
year-long 10th anniversary celebration, is hosted by Participant, its
digital platform, TakePart.com,
and recently launched TV network Pivot,
and its agency group TAG, as part of SXSW Social Good Hub official panel
programming. The event will take place on Monday, March 10 from
9:30AM-8:00PM (Central Time) at Wanderlust Studios, 206 E. 4th
Street in Austin.
"With its confluence of storytellers, innovators, activists, and
techies, SXSW is the perfect location for a day of insightful
conversations about how organizations and brands are using every
possible media platform to empower people to make a positive impact on
the world," said Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media.
Participant Media has a significant presence at SXSW this year with four
films including highly anticipated premieres of CESAR CHAVEZ and THE
GREAT INVISIBLE and screenings of THE INTERNET'S OWN BOY, and TEACH,
in addition to th day-long curated discussion examining social action
and featuring 25 influential panelists from media, entertainment, social
action, and technology.
Among the participants at the day-long panel event will be directors
Diego Luna (CESAR CHAVEZ) and Margaret Brown (THE GREAT
INVISIBLE), whose films for Participant Media are premiering at SXSW
2014; Jacob Soboroff, co-host of Pivot's TakePart Live,
representatives from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Intel (News - Alert) for
Change, World Food Program USA, Tumblr, Zynga.org and Google.org, among
Attendees will hear from top talent and thought leaders on a range of
topics from social innovation, storytelling for change, "clicktivism,"
technology for social good, and digital engagement for the conscious
consumer. They will also be able to take part in social actions in the
"Impact Caf�," cure their hunger and thirst courtesy of Whole Foods
Market with its new Pivot TV series Dark Rye, and watch exclusive
content from critically acclaimed network Pivot through its new App.
The event, open to all SXSW badge holders, will conclude with a happy
hour performance featuring Freestyle Love Supreme. Dubbed the "Masters
in the Art of Freestyle Rhyme" by the New York Times, the much
talked about live issue-based improvised show comes from two of the
creators of the Tony award-winning musical, In The Heights.
Over the past year, Participant properties have expanded their digital
footprint significantly. Participant's web site TakePart.com, which
receives millions of unique monthly visitors (comScore (News - Alert) MediaMetrix,
January 2014), launched the Take Action Platform (TAP) last May. The
platform offers direct connection between visitors to the site and a
range of actions they can take on causes like hunger, the environment,
education and more. Participant's Pivot TV network has covered more than
75 different issues and offered more than 500 different actions for
viewers to take both through its linear channel and Downloadable Pivot
The complete schedule of panels and panelists can be found at http://www.participantmedia.com/sxsw2014/.
About Participant Media
is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus
on feature film, television, publishing and digital content that
inspires social change. Participant's more than 45 films include GOOD
NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC.,
WAITING FOR 'SUPERMAN', THE HELP, CONTAGION and LINCOLN. Through its
films, social action campaigns, digital network�TakePart.com�and�Pivot,
its new television network for Millennials,�Participant seeks to
entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.
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