Jeff Skoll produces another socially conscious film

By Laurie Bennett

August 5, 2014 at 7:22am

While best known as the former president of eBay, billionaire Jeff Skoll has found a second career as a film producer.

His latest, “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” starring Helen Mirren, opens this week. The movie is about an Indian family that settles in France and opens a restaurant. Mirren, as Madame Mallory, runs a competing restaurant across the street.

Skoll said at last year’s Toronto Film Festival that he wants his entertainment company, Participant Media, to produce multi-language content around the world.

His American credits are an impressive mix of major fiction titles and documentaries, all falling under the umbrella of socially conscious films. They include “The Help,” “Lincoln,” “Waiting for Superman,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” and “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Participant Media has also launched a cable network called Pivot. The subscription service has featured a variety show created by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a talk show hosted produced by Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain.

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