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Pivot Names Jennie Morris SVP of Acquisitions and Operations and Jerry Blake SVP of Business and Legal Affairs

NEW YORK (December 11, 2013) – Pivot, Participant Media’s television network targeting Millennials (18-34), has named Jennie Morris as Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Operations and Jerry Blake as Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. Both will be based out of Pivot’s Los Angeles office with Blake reporting to Jeff Ivers, COO, Participant Media and Evan Shapiro, President, Pivot, and Morris to Kent Rees, EVP, Marketing, Scheduling and Operations.

“Jerry and Jennie bring tremendous experience to the Pivot team,” commented Shapiro. “Jerry’s knowledge of the media and legal landscape will help the network reach its future growth goals. Jennie has an innate sense of on-brand programming for Pivot that complements our original series and furthers our mission to entertain while inspiring change through engaging content.”

Morris is tasked with expanding Pivot’s slate of on-brand acquisitions, including series, films, documentaries and specials.  She is a seasoned television executive with over 14 years of experience in domestic and international programming and marketing. Most recently, Morris held the position of Vice President of Affiliate Marketing for AMC/Sundance Channel Global, supervising trade, consumer and affiliate marketing activities. Prior to that, she was Senior Director of Program Planning and Scheduling for Sundance Channel.   Earlier in her career, she spent six years at Showtime Networks with roles including Senior Manager of New Media, Senior Manager of International Business Development and Supervisor of Scheduling.

Blake oversees all business and legal affairs matters relating to Pivot. He joins the company from BBC Worldwide Americas, where he focused on U.S. distribution of BBC America and BBC World News, and digital distribution of BBC programming in North America. Prior to that, Blake was General Counsel of Sundance Channel and held a position at Rainbow Media (now AMC Networks), handling legal affairs for AMC, IFC, WE and Bravo. Additionally, Blake managed legal affairs for financing, production and distribution of IFC Entertainment titles, such as Fahrenheit 9/11, You and Me and Everyone We Know, Transamerica, and Participant Media’s American Gun.

About Pivot
Pivot (pivot.tv), which launched August 1st, is a television network from Participant Media serving passionate Millennials (18-34) with a diverse slate of talent and a mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Pivot focuses on entertainment that sparks conversation, inspires change and illuminates issues through engaging content, and its website TakePart.com to continue the conversation and connect audiences to a wealth of content and customizable actions. Pivot is also changing the media landscape, available via traditional Pay TV subscription to over 40 million subscribers and integrates a Live and on demand streaming option via its interactive, downloadable Pivot APP.  In both content and delivery, Pivot is TV for The New Greatest Generation. Follow Pivot on Twitter at@pivot_tv and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pivottelevision.

About Participant Media
Participant is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing and digital content that inspires social change.  Participant’s more than 40 films include GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, SYRIANA, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, FOOD, INC., WAITING FOR ‘SUPERMAN’, THE HELP, CONTAGION and LINCOLN.  Through its films, social action campaigns, digital network TakePart.com and Pivot, its new television network for Millennials, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.