Robert Kessel has joined Participant Media as SVP Production. He’ll report to EVP Production Jonathan King and help manage the development, production, and acquisition of narrative films for the company. Kessel most recently was SVP Production at Sony-based Matt Tolmach Productions, working on such films as the upcoming genre mash-up Kitchen Sink. Prior to that he was an exec at Overture Films, and before that was a partner and production head for seven years at Hart Sharp Entertainment, where he oversaw production and development for numerous high-profile projects. He served previous roles at Miramax and New Line.

“Robert and I have known each other since we worked together early in our careers,” King said. “His sensibilities are well-aligned with Participant’s mission, and the breadth of his experience and the quality of his relationships will be huge assets as the company continues to expand.”