Brian Gott leads the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations. The program’s purpose is to work with the entertainment industry, across all sectors, to engage more deeply with global social, humanitarian, and advocacy issues. The program's mission is to provide access, information and experts to storytellers, in order to provide resources that enable them to tell more fact-based stories in order to educate their audiences on real-world issues. The program has hosted global pro-social figures including Malala, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, John Legend, Charlize Theron and Melinda Gates. The Burkle Global Impact Initiative works closely with the United Nations and its Creative Community Outreach Initiative.
Gott previously spent 12 years at Variety, serving as the media organization's publisher since 2009. In that time he conceived and launched that brand’s philanthropic efforts, which in a 4-year span generated more than $6M in charitable contributions benefitting more than 50 non-profit organizations. Gott received the United Nations Foundation's Global Leadership Award for his role in mobilizing the entertainment industry to use its collective resources to support UN and UN Foundation-related campaigns. He also hosted the United Nation's World Malaria Day at UN headquarters in New York City, with Secretary General Ban and the Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria effort, Princess Astrid of Belgium. Gott has had the opportunity to travel to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya with the UN and the UNHCR to experience first-hand the important work being done on the ground by the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign.
Gott is one of the founding members of the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council, a select group of individuals, all under the age of 40, from industries including media, technology and finance, convened by the UN Foundation to advise the United Nations and UN Foundation on how to accelerate their philanthropic efforts, and further the mission of the UN's Millennium Development Goals.
Gott recently produced a successful reality series in conjunction with Hyde Park Entertainment. The series brought together teams of aspiring filmmakers who were tasked with telling global humanitarian stories through documentaries. The winning team was announced at the Cannes Film Festival and the winning documentary film screened at The United Nations. The series premiered on Participant Media’s Pivot cable network, and aired globally on the National Geographic Channel in international markets.
Gott has produced celebrity-driven PSAs for both the U.S. Government's USAID "Let Girls Learn" campaign as well as the UN's climate initiative efforts.
Gott is the Chairman of the Starlight Children's Foundation, founded by Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg and Peter Samuelson more than 3 decades ago. The Starlight Children’s Foundation is one of the world's largest youth health-focused non-profits, which provides ongoing support for children and their families from diagnosis through the entire course of medical treatment (www.starlight.org).