Co-Executive Chairman & Alternate Governor
Peter Guber, a prominent figure in the entertainment industry for over thirty years, serves as the Co-Executive Chairman and Alternate Governor of the Golden State Warriors. As co-managing partner, he joined Joe Lacob as the driving forces behind the current ownership group’s NBA record-setting bid to purchase the Warriors in 2010.
Since joining the Warriors early last season, Guber has placed much of his attention on enhancing the fan experience. Several improvements, including upgraded concessions, free in-arena wi-fi for all fans and upgraded video boards, have already been made in conjunction with the JPA at Oracle Arena. The organization also has plans for other in-arena upgrades that will be rolled-out during the 2011-12 campaign and beyond. In addition to improving the in-arena experience for Warriors fans, Guber has been active in engaging the team’s fans through social media and via the Owners’ Box feature on warriors.com, which enables him and Joe Lacob to answer questions submitted by fans either on video or in written form.
Guber is the Founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, a visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and new media. He is also among the most successful executives and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and communications industries. His list of films that he personally produced or executive produced includes Rain Man, Batman, The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Gorillas in the Mist, The Witches of Eastwick, Missing and Flashdance. Guber’s movies have earned over three billion dollars worldwide, while also garnering more than 50 Academy Award nominations. In the professional sports industry, Mandalay Sports Entertainment has become a national sports entertainment provider, owning and/or managing professional baseball franchises, sports marketing and venue management. The Dayton Dragons, the Mandalay-owned Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, established a North American professional sports record with their 815th consecutive sellout on July 9, 2011, surpassing the previous mark (814) held by the Portland Trailblazers.
Prior to founding Mandalay Entertainment, Guber’s impressive resume included serving as the Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, President of Columbia Pictures, Chairman and CEO of Polygram Entertainment and Co-Owner and Co-Chairman of Casablanca Record & Filmworks. While at Sony, the company earned an industry-best box office market share of 17% (domestically), 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. He 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. Guber 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.
Guber served as the co-host of the critically acclaimed television show, Shootout, for six years on American Movie Classics cable network. AMC moved Guber’s talents to prime time with Story Makers, a series of one hour specials on the cable network. Guber was most recently seen on Encore and KNBC (Los Angeles) as co-host of “In the House”, a weekly news and interview show focusing on industry trends in pop culture. He can currently be seen weekly on Fox Business News where he serves as an Entertainment and Media Analyst on “Power and Money.”
Guber co-founded GeekChicDaily, the leading opt-in, popular culture, national newsletter and cross-platform publisher focusing on comics, video games, film, television, apps, toys, collectibles and gear. GeekChicDaily recently expanded with two regional editions in Los Angeles and New York City and partnered with TOKYOPOP for an Asian-themed newsletter that covers the hottest Asian pop culture news and trends. Continuing its growth, GeekChicDaily also partnered with Nerdist Industries, which consists of a popular blog at Nerdist.com; a top five comedy/popular culture podcast on iTunes and an upcoming television show on BBC America. In the fall of 2011, YouTube announced their TV initiative, selecting The Nerdist Channel as one of their 100 new television-style channels to produce professional content. The Nerdist Channel is a foundational partnership between GeekChicDaily, Nerdist Industries, The Jim Henson Company, and Broadway Video Entertainment, with strategic partners including Soapbox Films & The Chernin Group.
Guber is a pre-IPO investor in Demand Media who appointed him to its board of directors. Demand Media, a leading content and social media company, is at the forefront of the new media landscape with a unique model and rare expertise that makes it an attractive online partner for traditional entertainment and publishing companies. With a comScore Top 20 U.S. network of premium online brands, a breakthrough Internet content studio and an enterprise social media platform deployed on some of the world's leading digital destinations, Demand Media makes it possible for more than 100 million people each month to engage in conversations and form passionate communities around relevant content
A noted author, Guber's third book, Tell To Win - Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story - was published by Crown Business on March 1, 2011 and quickly reached #1 on the Best Seller lists of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, amazon.com and others. Fortune magazine chose Tell To Win as one of their “Five Business Books You Can Really Use” and Hudson Booksellers, retail book stores in airports throughout North America, chose Tell To Win as one of their “Five Best Business Books of the Year.”
Peter Guber was recruited by Columbia Pictures out of NYU’s Graduate School of Business, where he was pursuing an MBA. He holds a BA, Master of Law and Juris Doctorate degrees. 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.