He became the first employee of eBay. He cashed out and started a company making socially relevant films with Participant Media, producing Oscar-winning blockbusters like An Inconvenient Truth, Syriana, and The Help. He also put his money into creating the Skoll Foundation and has disbursed hundreds of millions of dollars supporting social entrepreneurs across the world. If that wasn’t enough, his company Participant Media is now planning to launch a cable network. His name is Jeff Skoll.
Cited to launch in the summer of 2013, the television channel will be targeting viewers of the Millennial Generation (18-34), with an estimated reach of over 40 million subscribers.
The channel will offer thought-provoking and entertaining programming catering to the tastes and minds of the Millennials. They will be developed with Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim, columnist and blogger Meghan McCain, Oscar-nominated humorist Morgan Spurlock, and award-winning journalist and doc filmmaker Gotham Chopra, to name a few.
“The goal of Participant is to tell stories that serve as catalysts for social change. With our television channel, we can bring those stories into the homes of our viewers every day,” Skoll said in a release.
Participant Media has already completed the purchase of The Documentary Channel and has entered into an agreement to acquire the distribution assets of Halogen TV from The Inspiration Networks.
Source: Participant Media
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