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Not to be confused with Peter M. Gruber.
Peter Guber
Born Howard Peter Guber
(1942-03-01) March 1, 1942 (age 72)[1]:p. 61
Boston, Massachusetts, US[1]:p. 61
Alma mater Syracuse University (BA),
New York University (JD and LLM)
Occupation Producer, executive, entrepreneur
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Tara Lynda Francine (Gellis) Guber
Children 4

Howard Peter Guber (born March 1, 1942[1]:p. 61 in Boston, Massachusetts[1]:p. 61) is an executive, entrepreneur and Number One New York Times bestselling author. He is Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment. Guber's most recent films from Mandalay Entertainment include The Kids Are All Right, Soul Surfer, and Bernie. He has also produced Rain Man, Batman, The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, The Witches of Eastwick, Missing and Flashdance. Guber's films have earned over $3 billion worldwide and 50 Academy Award nominations.[2]

Guber is also a co-owner of two professional sports teams: the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball.

Guber is Chairman of Dick Clark Productions, which produces the American Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and other programs. He is Chairman of NASDAQ’s Mandalay Digital Media and Mandalay Sports Media. He is a professor at the UCLA School of Theater Film and Television and the Anderson School of Management and an Entertainment and Media Analyst for Fox Business News.

Peter Guber’s most recent business book, Tell to Win – Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, became a #1 New York Times bestseller.

Guber is also noted for other books which include Inside The Deep and Shootout: Surviving Fame and (Mis)Fortune in Hollywood, which became a television series on AMC called Shootout, which he hosted. Guber wrote the cover article for the Harvard Business Review, “The Four Truths of the Storyteller.”

Early life[edit]

Peter Guber's parents Sam Guber and Ruth Anshen, of Jewish descent, married in 1929.[1]:p.62 Peter's father owned a junk business in Somerville, Massachusetts.[1]:p.62 As a child, Guber was noted as a “very smart, wired kid” by a childhood acquaintance.[1]:p.61–62 He attended John Ward Elementary School and Newton North High School.:p.62 Guber’s childhood included a love of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park, which foreshadowed his later participation in the group that purchased the Los Angeles Dodgers. [3]

Following high school graduation, Guber enrolled in the pre-law curriculum at Syracuse University. He played intramural football and pledged the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.[1]:p.62–63 Guber spent his junior year abroad at Syracuse's Florence, Italy campus. At Syracuse he met his future wife, Lynda Gellis.[1]:p.64

Guber enrolled at New York University, where he earned his J.D. and LL.M. law degrees, studying for his MBA at night.[1]:p.64 As he neared graduation in 1968, Guber accepted a position with Columbia Pictures, which was keen to recruit him, as a management trainee.[1]:p.64–65

Career[edit]

Columbia Pictures[edit]

Guber joined Columbia Pictures in 1968. At Columbia, Guber, an early proponent of computerization and entertainment technologies, began computerizing files on working actors and made available tape-recorded summaries of scripts for other executives to listen to while driving to work.[1]:p.68–69 A year after arriving at Columbia, Guber, having witnessed a demonstration of an early video cassette machine, published "The New Ballgame/The Cartridge Revolution," a "prescient" analysis of the changes to be wrought by home video technology, in the journal Cinema.[1]:p.69–70

Guber was transferred to the business affairs division.[1]:p.71 Guber paid to fly himself to Columbia's New York City office and successfully argued for his promotion to vice-president of creative affairs.[1]:p.71–72 Shortly thereafter Guber was named head of American production.[1]:p.73 In August 1973 he was promoted to vice-president of worldwide production. Steven Spielberg noted that he “used to go to (Guber’s) office at Columbia when (he) was just starting. (Guber) had an enormous chart on (his) wall with what every director in the world was planning that listed their pictures in development and planned for production.” It made a lasting impression on Spielberg. [4]

During his time at Columbia the studio released, among other films, Shampoo, Taxi Driver, Tommy, The Way We Were and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Upon leaving Columbia in 1975, Guber was given a three-year production deal with the studio.

Independent producer[edit]

Guber launched his career as an independent film producer with The Deep, which became the second highest-grossing film of the year.[1]:p.86 Guber also bought the rights and served as executive producer for Midnight Express. Produced by Alan Marshall and David Puttnam, the film earned seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture. The National Association of Theater Owners named Guber Producer of the Year.

Casablanca Record and Filmworks[edit]

In 1976 Guber merged his company Filmworks with Casablanca Records, headed by Neil Bogart, to form Casablanca Record and Filmworks, Inc. Guber became chairman while Bogart remained President of the combined company. Their record operation included Kiss, Donna Summer, Captain and Tennille, The Village People, and George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic. It also released soundtracks such as Midnight Express, Endless Love, and Flashdance. During this period, Guber also produced several television shows and series, including Television and the Presidency (1984) with Theodore H. White, the 1985 documentary series Oceanquest for NBC, and the 1980 special Mysteries of the Sea for ABC.

PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and the Guber-Peters Company[edit]

In 1979, Guber formed PolyGram's motion picture and television division where he was Chairman of the Board and CEO. He sold his interest in PolyGram in 1983 and formed and served as co-owner of the Guber-Peters Company (GPC) along with producer Jon Peters.

Films on which Guber served as producer or executive producer have earned more than $3 billion in worldwide revenue and more than 50 Academy Award nominations, including four Best Picture nominations. Guber's producing credits include Rain Man, Batman, Gorillas in the Mist, The Color Purple, Innerspace, The Witches of Eastwick, Flashdance, Missing, Tango & Cash and An American Werewolf in London.

This period of Guber’s career was marked by sharp deal making which was often successful. With The Witches of Eastwick Guber was accused by producer Rob Cohen, who had originally approached Guber with the book, of having "bought the book out from under me" after negotiations had begun.[1]:p.136–7But Guber’s deal with Cohen allowed him to buy out the producer, and Cohen was advised that if he sued, he would lose.[1]:p.134

Sony Pictures[edit]

In 1988, GPC became a public company when they merged with game show production company Barris Industries and on September 7, 1989, Barris Industries was renamed Guber-Peters Entertainment Company.[5] On September 29, 1989, GPEC was acquired by Sony Corporation and Guber became chairman of the board and CEO of Columbia Pictures Entertainment (now Sony Pictures Entertainment). The sale was completed on November 9, 1989 a day after Sony acquired Columbia Pictures Entertainment. During Guber's tenure at SPE, the company produced and distributed many prime time, half-hour comedy television series, with shows including Married... with Children, Designing Women, and Seinfeld (all launched prior to Guber's arrival), and Mad About You and The Nanny.

During Guber's tenure as chairman and CEO, SPE's Motion Picture Group achieved, over four years, an industry-best domestic box office market share, which averaged seventeen percent. During the same period, Sony Pictures led all competitors with 120 Academy Award nominations, the highest four-year total ever for a single company. [6] Some of SPE's motion picture credits at this time include Awakenings, Misery, Flatliners, Terminator 2, Boyz n the Hood, City Slickers, Basic Instinct, A League of Their Own, Single White Female, A River Runs Through It, A Few Good Men, Sleepless in Seattle, In the Line of Fire, Groundhog Day and Philadelphia.

Mandalay Entertainment[edit]

In a 1995 joint venture with Sony, Guber formed Mandalay Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company with interests in motion pictures, television, sports entertainment and digital media.

Mandalay Pictures[edit]

Mandalay Pictures, a division of Mandalay Entertainment Group, produces motion pictures for the global marketplace. Mandalay’s primary distributor relationship is through a first look deal with Universal Pictures.

Title Release Date Actors Director
When the Game Stands Tall 2014 (upcoming) Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis Thomas Carter
Wild Things 1998 Kevin Bacon, Matt Dillon, Neve Campbell John McNaughton
Les Miserables 1998 Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman Bille August
I Know What You Did Last Summer 1997 Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche Jim Gillespie
Donnie Brasco 1997 Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen Mike Newell
Seven Years in Tibet 1997 Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong Jean-Jacques Annaud


Mandalay Vision[edit]

Mandalay Vision's first release, The Kids Are All Right, directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo, won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

In 2012, Mandalay Vision produced Bernie, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine. [7] Released by Millennium in April of 2012, Bernie debuted at #1 with the best per-theater average for a limited release. Bernie garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Jack Black, and received two Spirit Award nominations as well as a Best Picture nomination at the 2012 Gotham Awards. [8] [9]

Title Released Actors Director
The Voices TBA Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton, Ryan Reynolds Marjane Satrapi
Horns 2013 Juno Temple, Daniel Radcliffe, Heather Graham Alexandre Aja
Bernie 2011 Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey Richard Linklater
Salvation Boulevard 2011 Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Greg Kinnear George Ratliff
Another Happy Day 2011 Ellen Barkin, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Bosworth Sam Levinson
Vanishing on 7th Street 2010 Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo Brad Anderson
The Whistleblower 2011 Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn Larysa Kondracki
Soul Surfer 2010 AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt Sean McNamara
The Kids Are All Right 2010 Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo Lisa Cholodenko

Mandalay Series Television[edit]

Mandalay Television Pictures produces television movies-of-the-week and mini-series. [10]

Title Released Produced For
Dean Koontz’s Intensity 2003 Fox
 ; Get to the Heart (The Barbara Mandrell Story) 1997 CBS
Final Descent 1997 CBS
Medusa’s Child 1997 ABC
Bad As I Wanna Be 1998 ABC
Ali, King of the World 2000 ABC
Sole Survivor 2011 Fox
First Daughter 2004 Turner
The Linda McCartney Story 2000 CBS

Mandalay Sports Entertainment[edit]

Peter Guber serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mandalay Baseball Properties, which includes a national array of professional minor league affiliated baseball franchises and venues. Forbes calls MBP “one of minor league baseball’s best ownership success stories. [11]

Team League Affiliation
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Triple-A New York Yankees
Oklahoma City RedHawks Triple-A Houston Astros
Frisco RoughRiders Double-A Texas Rangers
Erie SeaWolves Double-A Detroit Tigers

Mandalay Baseball Properties recently formed a joint venture partnership with Professional Sports Catering, a full service food and beverage company that now provides concessions services for fifteen Minor League Baseball teams.

Mandalay Baseball Properties also owns the Dayton Dragons, a Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, which broke the all time professional sports sellout record in 2011 with 815 games encompassing 11 seasons. They are considered one of minor league baseball’s most successful franchises, with a ten year wait for season tickets. [12] [13]

Golden State Warriors[edit]

Peter Guber serves as the Co-Executive Chairman 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. [14]

Consultant Marc Ganis said of the purchase, “This could be one of the most valuable teams in the NBA.” [15] The Golden State Warriors won the 2014 Sports Business Journal Award for Team of the Year, saying the team “continued a sharp trajectory in 2013 under owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber that produced strong, extensive on- and off-court gains,” [16]

Guber and Lacob agreed to buy 12 acres of land in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood to build a privately financed new arena. The move would mark the Warrior’s return to a home arena in San Francisco (from Oakland) for the first time in more than four decades. Opening is targeted for the 2018-2019 season.[17]

Lacob said of Guber: "He cares more than any owner about the team, the image of the team and what the fans think." [18]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On March 27, 2012, Guber became a minority owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers through his affiliation with Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC.[19] The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the 2013 National League West Division Championship and played postseason baseball for the first time since 2009. [20]

Guber was persuaded to join the group purchasing the Dodgers by Magic Johnson. “Magic called and he said, ‘Come on, we’ve been so lucky together, we’ve been so good together, let’s do it, let’s do it, let’s do it,’ ” said Guber. So after meeting with Johnson, and others in the prospective ownership group, Guber decided to join the team that would make the $2.15 billion winning offer, which more than doubled the previous record price for a North American sports franchise.” [21]

Howard Nuchow, co-head of CAA Sports, described Guber’s contributions as attached to the entire baseball experience, "It's the notion Peter has that you have to entertain fans from the time they receive tickets in the mail until they drive home."[22]

Films produced[edit]

Books[edit]

Guber is the author of three books; his 2011 book, Tell to Win, reached number 1 on the New York Times Hardcover Advice & Miscellaneous Best Sellers list.[23]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s Griffin, Nancy; Masters, Kim (1996). Hit and Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-684-80931-1. 
  2. ^ Peter Guber at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dodgers-clayton-kershaw-magic-johnson-tommy-lasorda-vin-scully-359355
  4. ^ http://www.peterguber.com/telltowin/ssp/steven-spielberg/
  5. ^ "Barris Industries Has New Name". Los Angeles Times. September 7, 1989. 
  6. ^ http://www.natpe.org/conference/speakers/bios/index.jsp?speaker_id_string=3798:TcgXIw8GE6VVeZ4kdwLj$A**
  7. ^ http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2013/01/09/30003/jack-black-bernie-tenacious-d-golden-globe-nom/
  8. ^ http://www.indiewire.com/article/specialty-box-office-bernie-has-biggest-limited-debut-of-2012
  9. ^ http://www.backstage.com/news/spirit-award-nominations-revealed/) (http://www.backstage.com/news/beasts-and-bernie-among-gotham-awards-nominees/
  10. ^ http://www.mandalay.com/#/television/about-mandalay-television/
  11. ^ http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2013/07/17/minor-league-baseballs-most-valuable-teams/
  12. ^ http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110709&content_id=21669014&vkey=news_t459&fext=.jsp&sid=t459
  13. ^ http://www.thesportsadvisorygroup.com/resource-library/business-of-sports/minor-leagues-major-profits-forbes-sports-valuations/
  14. ^ http://www.nba.com/warriors/news/peter_guber_bio.html
  15. ^ http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2012/0213/basketball-valuations-12-warriors-nba-peter-guber-joe-lacob-show-must-go.html
  16. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/SB-Blogs/On-The-Ground/2014/05/0521-Team.aspx
  17. ^ http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10822164/golden-state-warriors-announce-new-plans-san-francisco-arena
  18. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dodgers-peter-gruber-magic-johnson-sony-pictures-308363
  19. ^ MLB (March 27, 2012). "Dodgers sold to Magic Johnson's group". mlb.com. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  20. ^ http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/la/community/executives/guber.html
  21. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/los-angeles-dodgers-magic-johnson-peter-guber-359371
  22. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dodgers-peter-gruber-magic-johnson-sony-pictures-308363
  23. ^ "Best Sellers: Hardcover Advice & Misc.". The New York Times. March 20, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 

References[edit]

  • Griffin, Nancy; Masters, Kim (1996). Hit and Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-684-80931-1. 

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]


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