Jim Berk

MIPCOM confirms US Media Masterminds

Reed Midem has confirmed execs from Disney, Participant Media and STX Entertainment as keynote speakers at this year’s MIPCOM. Disney’s Ben Sherwood (above left), co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney-ABC Television Group, will represent the Mouse House. Sherwood replaced Anne Sweeney, when the long-serving exec left Disney in 2014. From US producer and cable channel […]

Participant completes CEO hunt

US cable channel owner Participant Media has appointed former studio executive David Linde to fill its vacant CEO spot. The move comes six months after Jim Berk resigned from the chief executive role following a strategic review of the business, which owns cable channel Pivot. Linde joins from Lava Bear Films, a production company he […]

Second senior Participant exec exits

Participant Media COO Jeff Ivers is leaving the LA-based network group, a move that follows the resignation of CEO Jim Berk. Ivers was a founding member of the company, which operates US cable channel Pivot, but his position has been under threat as a strategic management review continues. Variety first reported the news, which follows […]

Participant Media CEO exits

Jim Berk, the CEO of US cable channel Pivot owner Participant Media, has resigned from his post. He is leaving the business effective immediately after more than eight years, saying it was “the right time for someone else to take the helm”. Jeff Skoll, the company’s founder who made his fortune at e-commerce site eBay, […]