Participant taps King exec vp production


NEW YORK -- Jonathan King has joined political filmmaking outfit Participant Prods. as executive vp in charge of production.

King left his post as exec vp production at NBC Universal specialty division Focus Features on Friday and will begin his new post Monday in Participant's Los Angeles office.

King will report to president Ricky Strauss. Participant CEO Jim Berk confirmed his hiring.

King joined Focus in April 2006, signing a three-year contract with the distributor at the time (HR 4/06). He joined Focus after serving as president of production at Sony Pictures Entertainment-based Laurence Mark Prods., joining the company in 1998 and supervising such features as Bill Condon's "Dreamgirls" and Scott Frank's "The Lookout."

Before that, King worked as a Los Angeles-based production and acquisitions executive at Miramax Films. He started his career at MGM/UA in New York.

Participant was founded in January 2004 by chairman Jeff Skoll, dedicated to producing and funding films with progressive environmental and political concerns.