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Peter Guber

Executive, Entrepreneur, #1 NYT Bestselling Author


As founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and new media, Peter Guber is among the most successful executives and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and communications industries. Films he personally produced or executive produced—including Rain Man, Batman, The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Gorillas in the Mist, The Witches of Eastwick, Missing, and Flashdance—have resonated with audiences all over the world, earning over $3 billion worldwide and garnering more than 50 Academy Award nominations. Read More >

Most recently—and after much hankering from longtime friend and business partner Earvin “Magic” Johnson—Guber agreed to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. As the ownership team’s slick Hollywood insider, Guber brings his business acumen and marketing savvy to the group. With decades of experience connecting with audiences in entertainment, sports, and digital media, among other industries, his immediate involvement consists of developing business and enhancing the fan experience.

A passionate, humorous, and tireless motivator and speaker, Guber has dedicated himself to coaching current and future leaders about the importance of telling purposeful stories to propel their business success. Guber is the sponsor of e2e: A Day of Generosity, an annual conclave in which top business storytelling experts and leaders share storytelling best practices, brainstorm, and collaborate on bringing the magic of telling purposeful stories to the people of enterprises everywhere.

Guber led Sony Pictures as chairman and CEO, Columbia Pictures as president, Polygram as chairman and CEO, and Casablanca Record & Filmworks as co-owner and co-chairman. While at Sony, the company achieved an industry-best domestic box office market share of 17% and led all competitors with the highest four-year total of Academy Award nominations ever for a single company.

Guber has been a full professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television for nearly four decades. Among the many courses Guber launched is "Navigating a Narrative World," which has brought in such experts as Deepak Chopra, Pat Riley, Chris Anderson, and Bran Ferran. The course educates graduate students from the schools of business; theater, film and television; law; and public policy about the importance of telling purposeful stories.

Guber is a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as the winner of UCLA's prestigious Service Award for his accomplishments in association with the school. He is the chair of the Founding Board of Advisors for the Center for Managing Enterprises in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES) at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

With vast experience in front of the camera, Guber could be seen every Sunday morning for six years on American Movie Classics (AMC) cable network as co-host of the critically acclaimed national TV show Shootout, featuring the major stars and entrepreneurs of the entertainment industry. AMC moved Guber's talents to primetime with a series of one-hour specials in 2009 called StoryMakers. Guber can currently be seen as co-host of In the House, a weekly, national half-hour news and interview show on Encore and KNBC, which focuses on industry trends in pop culture, providing a platform for major stars, key filmmakers, and other creative and business leaders to comment on their industry. He can also be seen weekly as an entertainment and media analyst on Fox Business News' America's Nightly Scoreboard with David Asman.

In November 2010, Guber, together with Joe Lacob, managing partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, acquired the Golden State Warriors. Guber is owner and co-executive chairman of the NBA franchise that services the Bay Area.

A noted author, Guber co-wrote the bestseller Shootout, published by Penguin Putnam, which was released in hardcover and paperback. In December 2007, Guber wrote the cover article for the Harvard Business Review titled "The Four Truths of the Storyteller." He also authored op-ed pieces for The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle. Guber recently released his third book, Tell to Win – Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, which became a #1 bestseller in The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as on Amazon.com. Fortune named it one of five books “that can actually help you run your business.” 

Guber was recruited by Columbia Pictures out of NYU's Graduate School of Business where he was pursuing an MBA. He holds BA, Master of Law, and Juris Doctorate degrees. Guber is a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as the winner of UCLA's prestigious Service Award for his accomplishments and association with the university. He received his honorary doctorate in fine arts from the University of Connecticut; was named Albert Gallatin Fellow at New York University; is a recipient of Syracuse University's George Arents Pioneer Award, the highest honor that can be given an alumnus, for his distinguished work in film; and is also a recipient of USC's Dean's Award for National Business Leadership. Read Less ^

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Leading and Succeeding In Uncertain Times – Gaining and Sustaining Competitive Advantage

Leaders in uncertain times cannot wait for a return to “normalcy.” This is not the moment to be risk-averse. You must be an agent of change or you’ll soon find yourself and your organization in a permanent state of “dormancy.” Achieving success in today’s high-consequence, highly uncertain, and rapidly-changing world requires that leaders be adept in living and acting out of their comfort zones. Organizations must keep a keen eye for incremental change, but leadership must look for exponential opportunities. Through Peter Guber’s four decades of business experience across diverse industries, he’s organized certain F.A.C.T.S. that are crucial to leading and succeeding in uncertain times. Be motivated by a renowned leader who knows how to gain and sustain competitive advantage during times of uncertainty.

Tell to Win – The Power of the Purposeful Story

Stories are a misunderstood, misused, and underutilized asset in business. The ability to tell a purposeful story well can be a highly powerful professional tool that can propel success for anyone in any industry. In this entertaining, enlightening and informative presentation, “StoryMan” Peter Guber shares his methodology of how to employ purposeful storytelling to sell more products/services, rebrand your product or company, lead more persuasively, manage more effectively, inspire greater creativity, and foster deeper collaboration.

Thriving in a Culture of Risk

The biggest risk in the business world today IS TAKING NO RISKS. The rapid changes reshaping business require leaders who stay ahead of the curve, embrace uncertainty, overcome fear, and take informed risks by “flying in the red zone” where failure lurks, but a greater opportunity horizon lies. Peter Guber credits much of his tremendous business success to heeding these navigational stakes. Be engaged by a creative entrepreneur who speaks from first person experience about creating and thriving in a culture of innovation that will take any organization to the next level.

Sales – Aim at Their Heart Not Their Wallet

Relationships trump transactions. When trying to acquire customers and clients, you must aim for their heart, not their wallet. The heart is where hits are born. When your intention is to create a relationship, you put your attention on it. You move your listeners emotionally, embedding your call to action in a way that is memorable, resonant, and actionable. Your brand becomes a bond, your communication becomes a connection. In this heartfelt and informative keynote, Guber shifts the focus off of the business transaction and shines the light on the powerful business relationship. He shares his experience and expertise in how to reach the heart of your customers and clients to build relationships that will endure for a lifetime.

It’s All about the Execution

“There are no guarantees in any business. A random event can derail anyone’s success at any time. Yet, despite factors outside of your control, what I do know is that your organization’s culture is the foundation upon which your future success rests.” - Peter Guber