Brian Gott is a Los Angeles-based producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Brian spent 12 years at the entertainment industry's global media outlet Variety, serving as the organization's Publisher since 2009. In his time there, 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 hosted the United Nation's World Malaria Day at UN headquarters in New York City with the Secretary-General, and has been an active supporter of important UN events including World Humanitarian Day and International Day of Happiness. Gott also had the opportunity to spend time on the ground at Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya, with the UN and the UNHCR, to experience first-hand the critical work being done by the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets malaria prevention campaign. He considers that experience a defining moment in his choice to focus his life's work on pro-social and humanitarian endeavors.
Brian leads the Burkle Global Impact Initiative at UCLA’s Burkle Center for International Relations. That program’s purpose is to work with the entertainment industry to engage more deeply with global social, humanitarian, and advocacy issues. The program provides access to information, resources, funding partners and experts so that storytellers are better equipped to tell more fact-based stories, and educate their audiences on real-world issues. The program has hosted global humanitarian figures including people such as Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala and US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Oscar winners John Legend and Charlize Theron, philanthropists Melinda Gates and Ted Turner and entertainers Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez.
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. He also served on the host committee for the United Nations 70th anniversary.
Brian is an active producer in the entertainment industry. He is particularly proud of two recent projects. The first is a successful reality series made in partnership with Hyde Park Entertainment. "Chance of a Lifetime" brought together teams of aspiring documentary filmmakers who were tasked with telling global humanitarian stories. The winning team was announced at the Cannes Film Festival and the winning documentary screened at The United Nations. The series premiered on Participant Media’s Pivot cable network, and aired in international markets on the National Geographic Channel. Another project Gott is producing that is close to his heart is the New York Time's bestseller, "Out of My Mind" by Sharon Draper. Named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential young adult novels of all time, the book is one of the most read books in American middle schools today, and has sold more than 2 million copies since its publish date. The inspirational story centers on a young girl, wheel-chair bound and unable to communicate because of cerebral palsy, and her journey to discover her true potential.
Gott has produced several celebrity-driven PSAs for organizations, including those for the U.S. Government's "Let Girls Learn" campaign, as well as the United Nation's climate initiative efforts. In recognition of his contributions to "Let Girls Learn", he was invited to the White House to participate in the announcement by the President and First Lady of the Administration's $250M funding of that effort. That initiative, spearheaded by Mrs. Obama, and implemented by USAID and the Peace Corps, provides access to education for girls globally.
Brian is a member of the White House's entertainment advisory council. He actively supports several White House pro-social endeavors, including "It's On Us" (the 'stop campus rape' movement led by Vice President Biden), "Reach Higher" (the effort to encourage youth to aspire to achieve higher education) and "My Brother's Keeper" (the inner-city youth empowerment campaign).
Gott serves as a global ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, whose purpose is to educate, prevent and ultimately eradicate HIV/AIDS globally.
Brian is also the Chairman of the Starlight Children's Foundation, founded by Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg. The Starlight Children’s Foundation is one of the world's largest youth health-focused non-profits, and touches the lives of more than 4 million children around the world annually. Starlight provides moments of happiness to critical, chronic and terminally ill children, so that they can forgot for a few moment out of their day that they are fighting illness.