Brian Gott is a Los Angeles-based producer, investor and philanthropist.
Brian spent 12 years at the entertainment media outlet Variety, serving as the organization's Publisher since 2009. In that time he conceived of 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 highest honor, the 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 has hosted the United Nation's World Malaria Day at UN headquarters in New York City, with the Secretary-General and the Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria effort, Princess Astrid of Belgium. He has also had the opportunity to travel to Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya with the UN and the UNHCR to experience first-hand the critical work being done on the ground by the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets anti-malaria campaign. He considers that experience a defining moment in his choice to focus his life's work on pro-social and humanitarian endeavors.
Brian also 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 to engage talent and creatives more deeply with global social, humanitarian, and advocacy issues. The program provides access, information, resources and experts to storytellers, in order to enable them to tell more fact-based stories, and educate their audiences on real-world issues. The program has hosted global humanitarian figures including Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Oscar winners John Legend and Charlize Theron, philanthropist Melinda Gates, and many others.
Gott is one of the founding members of the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council, a select group of individuals from various industries, 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 Sustainable Development Goals.
Brian 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 short-form 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.
Brian has produced celebrity-driven PSAs for both the U.S. Government's "Let Girls Learn" campaign, as well as the United Nation's climate initiative efforts. In March 2015 he was invited to the White House to participate in an announcement by the President and First Lady, of the Administration's $250M funding of the "Let Girls Learn" effort. That initiative, spearheaded my Mrs. Obama, and implemented by USAID and the Peace Corps, will provide access to education for girls globally.
Brian also serves on the planning & host committee for the United Nations 70th anniversary.
He is the Chairman of the Starlight Children's Foundation, founded by Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg and serial philanthropist Peter Samuelson. 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).