How Did I Get Here? Par­tic­i­pant Me­dia CEO David Linde made a sale to Mi­ra­max, then Har­vey We­in­stein hired him

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Par­tic­i­pant Me­dia

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“My fa­ther was an aca­demic. As a fac­ulty brat, I cut my teeth on cam­pus cin­ema ret­ro­spec­tives: Char­lie Chap­lin, Woody Allen, ev­ery­thing.”

“In the ’80s, you could ac­tu­ally get tick­ets to the New York Film Fes­ti­val. Jim Jar­musch, the Coen brothers, Pe­dro Almod­ó­var—I was com­pletely taken with global independent flm­mak­ing.”

“I wanted to go back to own­ing my own com­pany and cre­at­ing movies. Five of our in­ter­na­tional dis­tri­bu­tion part­ners were young ac­qui­si­tions guys I met sell­ing at Fox Lor­ber.”

“We had three Os­car-nom­i­nated flms this year: Spot­light, Bridge of Spies, and The Look of Si­lence. I’m here to sup­port the flm­mak­ers who are mak­ing great art that works com­mer­cially and im­pacts the peo­ple who see the movies.” “I didn’t grad­u­ate— I fell in love and fol­lowed my girl­friend to New York.”

“This was my fa­ther’s cam­paign. It’s where I got my frst taste of sell­ing, and how I got into busi­ness. He won.”

“I sold weird, hy­per­inde­pen­dent TV shows and fea­tures. I sold one to Mi­ra­max, and Har­vey We­in­stein called me up one day and said, ‘Are you in­ter­ested in the ac­qui­si­tions job here?’”

“We bought The Pi­anist. Ev­ery­body said, ‘Well, that’s nice. You bought that nice movie about the Holo­caust,’ and nine months later we won three Os­cars and Adrien Brody was on ev­ery news­pa­per cover kiss­ing [pre­sen­ter] Halle Berry.”

Clock­wise from top left: Linde, pro­ducer Jim Booth, di­rec­tor Peter Jack­son, and pro­ducer Hanno Huth, just be­fore Mi­ra­max re­leased Jack­son’s Heav­enly Crea­tures, 1994

At the Venice Film Fes­ti­val with (from left) pro­ducer Trea Hov­ing and nov­el­ists Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt, 1996

With Matt Da­mon and di­rec­tor Paul Green­grass at the Bourne Ul­ti­ma­tumLos An­ge­les pre­miere, 2007

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