Magazine article Screen International

MIPCOM: Participant Boards Steve James's 'America to Me'

Magazine article Screen International

MIPCOM: Participant Boards Steve James's 'America to Me'

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Participant Media has boarded respected US documentary-maker Steve James's upcoming unscripted series America To Me following a year in the life of a top Chicago high school with an exemplary track-record and one of the diverse student populations in the US.

David Linde, CEO of Participant, announced the company's involvement in the series during a Media Mastermind Keynote at MIPCOM on Tuesday. He said America To Me represented the company's commitment to socially relevant entertainment.

He also noted that it marked Participant's first foray into the unscripted series arena. Having focused on feature films up until recently, Participant has started expanding into other formats in recent months to extend the reach of its content.

"Expanding into the unscripted realm with this vibrant and compelling series with a filmmaker of Steve's calibre and creative vision is incredibly exciting for us," said Linde.

James, best known internationally for his feature documentary Hoop Dreams, is series director and executive producer via his longtime production house Kartemquin Films, along with Gordon Quinn, Betsy Steinberg and Justine Nagan. …

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