Brian Gott leads the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations. The program’s purpose is to activate the entertainment industry, across film, television, digital, publishing, live-performance and music, to engage more deeply and effectively with global social, humanitarian, and advocacy issues. The program's mission is to promote and facilitate the treatment of critical international issues within the creative community as a way to educate and inform the public about international humanitarian affairs. 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 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. In October 2012, Gott accepted 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. In April 2012, Gott hosted the United Nation's World Malaria Day at UN headquarters in New York City, with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Malaria Special Envoy Ray Chambers, and the Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria effort, Princess Astrid of Belgium. In May 2012, Gott travelled to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya with the UN Foundation and the UNHCR to experience first-hand the important work being done on the ground by the Foundation's Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign.
Gott is one of the members of the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council, a 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 reality series in conjunction with Ashok Amritraj, and his production company Hyde Park Entertainment. The series brought together teams of aspiring filmmakers who were tasked with telling global humanitarian stories through documentary format. 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 will air on the National Geographic Channel in international markets.
Gott is the Vice-Chairman of the Starlight Children's Foundation, founded by Oscar-winning director Steven Speilberg and Peter Samuelson more than 3 decades ago. The Starlight Children’s Foundation is one of the world's preeminent 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).