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Participant hires Robert Kessel

Kessel will help manage the development, production, and acquisition of narrative features.

Former Matt Tolmach Productions svp of production Robert Kessel has joined Participant Media in the same role.

Kessel reports to Participant evp of production Jonathan King and will help manage the development, production, and acquisition of narrative features.

“Robert and I have known each other since we worked together early in our careers,” said King. “His sensibilities are well-aligned with Participant’s mission and the breadth of his experience and the quality of his relationships will be huge assets as the company continues to expand.” 

“Having worked with the Participant team in the past, I’ve always admired their unique brand and proven track record of creating films that are both entertaining and make a social impact,” said Kessel.

Prior to Matt Tolmach Productions, Kessel served as evp of production and acquisitions at Overture Films and before that was a partner and production head for seven years at Hart Sharp Entertainment and a vp of acquisitions at Miramax Films.

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