Participant Promotes Sam Neswick to COO

Courtesy of Participant Media
Sam Newswick

He had been serving as chief strategy officer.

Participant Media has promoted Sam Neswick, who has been serving as chief strategy officer, to chief operating officer. He will report to CEO David Linde, who, along with Participant founder and chairman Jeff Skoll, announced the promotion on Wednesday.

In his new role as COO, Neswick will oversee Participant’s corporate strategy and operations, expand and develop the company’s multiplatform content and distribution capabilities and collaborate with the senior executive team to further integrate the company’s social impact agenda into each line of business, the company said. He will continue to be responsible for strategic planning, investments and corporate development.

Neswick recently drove Participant’s investment in Amblin Partners, the new film, television and digital content company led by Steven Spielberg. Neswick also represents Participant as a board member for three of its portfolio investments: Evolution Media Partners, Cineflix Media and Me to We. He joined Participant in 2014 as senior vp strategic planning and was promoted to chief strategy officer last year. 

Prior to joining Participant, Neswick held senior positions at The Walt Disney Company in corporate strategy and business development, and before that, he worked in management consulting at Bain & Company.

“Since joining Participant, Sam has made significant contributions to the company,” Linde said in a statement. “He has proven to be a trusted and valued advisor to Jeff and me as we seek to build on 2015’s record year and continue to expand the company’s content portfolio and international reach."

Participant Media was represented at the Academy Awards by best picture winner Spotlight, which won two awards, and Bridge of Spies, which earned Mark Rylance the best supporting actor trophy. Other recent Participant films include Beasts of No Nation and the documentary The Look of Silence. Its upcoming films include Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon with Lionsgate and J.S. Bayona’s A Monster Calls with Focus Features.