•Former Chairman & CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Columbia Pictures
•Co-owner of the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Dodgers
•Upbeat and energetic presentation leaves audiences inspired and motivated
Guber led Sony Pictures as Chairman & CEO, Columbia Pictures as President, Polygram as Chairman & 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.
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 story telling experts and leaders share story telling best practices, brainstorm, and collaborate on bringing the MAGIC of telling purposeful stories to the people of enterprises everywhere.
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,” bringing in experts such as Deepak Chopra, Pat Riley, Chris Anderson, Bran Ferran and dozens of other high profile guests to converse with him in front of the graduate students from the schools of business, theater, film and television, law, and public policy about the importance of telling purposeful stories in their disciplines.
Guber turned this legacy and experience in front of the camera where he was 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". AMC moved Guber’s talents to prime time 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. The show 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’s "America’s Nightly Scoreboard with David Asman".
In November of 2010, Peter 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 best seller, 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 best seller in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and on Amazon.com.
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. 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.
- I Travel the World, Speaking with Company Leaders and Executives, Sharing Messages on Various Topics Including:
•Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
•Leading in Uncertain Times
•Thriving in a Culture of Risk
•Surviving Systems of Change
•Gaining and Sustaining Competitive Advantage
•The Power of the Purposeful Story
•Exponential Growth and Business Success
•Inciting Creativity as an Organizational Imperative
•Marketing –There’s No Business Without Show Business
•Sales – Aim at Their Heart Not Their Wallet
•Communication – Connection Must Trump Transaction
•Execution – Action Without Vision and Purpose is a Nightmare
•Leadership – If You Are Not at the Front of the Parade the View Never Changes
•Management – The Talent to Lead is the Elixir to Succeed
•Entrepreneurship – Trekking Between Treasures and Time Bombs
•Company Culture – It’s the Gift That Keeps on Giving
- 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.
- 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.
- Tell to Win - The Power of the Purposful 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.
- Leading and Succeeding in Uncertain Times
Flying in the Red Zone - Gaining and Sustaining Competitive Advantage in Volatile Times: The rapid changes reshaping business today requires leaders who stay ahead of the curve, embrace uncertainty, overcome FEAR (which Peter Guber defines as "False Evidence Appearing Real"), and take informed risks by "flying in the red zone" where failure lurks, but a greater opportunity horizon lies. Guber credits much of his tremendous business success in volatile times to heeding these navigational stakes in not one, but five different industries - from blockbuster, critically acclaimed and award-winning movies like "Rain Man", "Batman", "Gorillas in the Mist" and "The Kids Are All Right", to owning among the most successful professional minor league baseball teams and stadiums (and now, as owner and co-executive chairman of the NBA franchise, The Golden State Warriors, is in the process of transforming this team under extremely uncertain conditions), to finding, investing in and growing cutting edge new media companies (such as Geek Chic Daily, Mandalay Digital Group and Demand Media), to locating, developing and selling highly profitable real estate ventures, to holding a professorship at UCLA for more than four decades where his highly popular courses consistently sell out.