Prior to Focus he served as president of production for Laurence Mark Productions, working on such titles as Dreamgirls, current release The Lookout, and Finding Forrester. Before that he was a production and acquisitions executive for several years at Miramax Films in Los Angeles.
King served for six years on the board of directors of Outfest, and currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Board of the Florida State University Film School.
'Jonathan brings to Participant rich experience in both studio and independent film-making,' Strauss said. 'He shares our commitment to making compelling entertainment, and having worked with him successfully over the years, I know he will prove to be a valuable asset to the company.'
Participant's slate includes: Mike Nichols' drama Charlie Wilson's War
starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Marc
Forster's drama The Kite Runner, Errol Morris' documentary S.O.P.; and
Jonathan Demme's Jimmy Carter portrait Carter.