Saturday 4 pm
Join Logan Hill and Participant Media CEO David Linde in a wide-ranging discussion about telling stories and fostering social change in a rapidly changing media environment. As a veteran of Miramax, a former co-president of Good Machine, a founding co-president of Focus Features, a co-chairman of Universal, and a founder of Lava Bear Films, Linde has supported visionary work by artists, including Ang Lee, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Zhang Yimou, and Alfonso and Jonas Cuaran. This fall alone, Linde will celebrate the release of six films through Participant Media and three through Lava Bear. At Woodstock, he'll look back on his hugely influential career, as well as forward, sharing insights about his plans for Participant Media to define the next generation of bold, relevant storytelling.
Panelist: David Linde is a true visionary who has tirelessly nurtured and furthered the highest quality of film and filmmakers, including such luminaries as Ang Lee, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Roman Polanski, Zhang Yimou, and Alfonso and Jonas Cuaran. He is CEO of Participant Media, a global company dedicated to media that inspires social change and recently won the Best Picture Oscar for Spotlight. Linde's career spans production, global distribution and building companies from the ground up, including Miramax Films, Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Rogue Pictures (Focus Features' genre division), and Lava Bear Films. Linde has been recognized for numerous awards, including The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year, General Electric's Chairman's Award for Performance Turnaround, the Anti-Defamation League's Distinguished Entertainment Industry Award, the 21st Israel Film Festival Visionary Award, New York Magazine: Best of the Industry Award, and the Gotham Award for Distinguished Achievement, among others.
Moderator: Logan Hill writes frequently about arts and culture for many of the world's best media outlets, including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Wired, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, Businessweek, and This American Life. When he's not writing, he often hosts TimesTalks public conversations and reviews films on the TV show Talking Pictures on Demand. For more information, see
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and art-related activities that promote artists, culture,
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