Participant’s American Factory Nominated for Best Documentary at Academy Awards


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"The documentary branch nominated four feature-length films that were directed or co-directed by women: "American Factory” about a Chinese billionaire who reopened an Ohio automotive plant...The former president and first lady have a multiyear production deal with Netflix and 'American Factory' produced with Participant Media was their first release." - New York Times  (Read More)

"Netflix's Obama-backed American Factory earned a best documentary nomination for the 2020 Academy Awards on Monday. The nomination goes to the film's producers Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert — a team that Michelle Obama quickly congratulated Monday...American Factory was produced with Participant Media and has received critical acclaim and awards recognition since its August 2019 release." - Hollywood Reporter (Read More)

“It was a good Oscar nomination day for the Obamas as the documentary American Factory earned a was included on the list of nominees…The original Netflix docu was presented by the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media and takes a dive into post-industrial Ohio. The film, which debuted on the streaming platform on August 21, is part of a multi-year deal the Obamas linked with Netflix last May to produce films and series that have been said will focus on inspirational stories. Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert and Julie Parker Benello produced with Mijie Li and Yiqian Zhang co-producing. Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann are executive producers.” - Deadline (Read More)

"We are profoundly grateful that this movie has resonated with the Academy.  We, and our small but mighty team, are over the moon at today’s news. We’re deeply grateful to the amazing people at Participant Media, Higher Ground Productions and Netflix for elevating the stories of working class people. The fate of working people around the globe is under great pressure and duress, and we hope American Factory can give voice to their journey." - Yahoo! (Read More)

"American Factory' was the first release by Barack and Michelle Obama produced with film company Participant Media, as part of the former Presidential family's multiyear deal with Netflix." - Now This (Read More)

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