Mandalay Entertainment Group is a multimedia entertainment vehicle in motion pictures, television, sports entertainment and new media. It was formed in 1995. Each of these enterprises has grown into effective portals in their various arenas with top-flight management, infrastructures and assets.
Peter Guber, Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, has been a force in the entertainment industry for over thirty years. He has leveraged his creativity and business acumen into record-breaking profits and critical acclaim, establishing him as an enormously successful executive and entrepreneur in the entertainment and communications industries. Films he personally produced or executive produced, including Rain Man, Batman, The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Gorillas In The Mist, The Witches of Eastwick, Missing and Flashdance, have resonated with audiences all over the world, earning over three billion dollars worldwide and garnering more than 50 Academy Award nominations.
Guber joined Columbia pictures in 1968 and within three years became Studio Chief. During his tenure at the creative helm, Columbia surged to record breaking profits on the strength of such box office hits as Shampoo, Taxi Driver, Tommy, The Way We Were and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
In 1976, Guber co-founded Casablanca Record and Filmworks. Its record operation included such superstars as KISS, Donna Summer and The Village People, and included some of the most successful soundtracks of all time including Flashdance, which sold more than 14 million albums. In 1979 Guber formed PolyGram Entertainment 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 Entertainment Company (GPEC) which established a major presence in motion pictures, television and music including producing the Grammy Award winning music and official soundtrack for the 1984 Summer Olympics. Within five years, GPEC became a public company and in 1989, was acquired by Sony Pictures Entertainment.
In 1989, Guber was named Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Under his visionary leadership, the company re-framed its entire Loews exhibition circuit, introducing Sony's SDDS sound system, introduced the concept of IMAX theater and films integrated into multi-plex theaters and transformed the Sony lot into a state of the art digital production facility. Guber acquired for Sony the Magic Johnson Theatres and began an ongoing twenty year business relationship with Magic Johnson. SPE's motion picture business earned an industry best domestic box office market share averaging 17% over four years, propelled by an enormous string of successes including A Few Good Men, Philadelphia, Basic Instinct, A League of Their Own and Sleepless in Seattle among many others. During this same period, Sony Pictures led all competitors with a total of 120 Academy Award Nominations.
After leaving Sony as CEO in 1995, Guber formed Mandalay Entertainment Group as a multi-media joint venture with Sony in motion pictures and television. Mandalay Entertainment Group later added professional sports, sports entertainment and digital media as business enterprises.
Mandalay Pictures, a division of Mandalay Entertainment Group, produces motion pictures for the global marketplace. The company's rich history of creating filmed entertainment includes the box office hits, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Donnie Brasco, Seven Years in Tibet, Wild Things and Les Miserables, among many others. Mandalay is currently in preproduction on two feature films: When The Game Stands Tall, starring James Caviezel; and The Voices, a psychological thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, directed by auteur director Marjane Satrapi. In 2012, Mandalay wrapped production on a film adaptation of Joe Hill's best selling horror novel Horns, with Alex Aja directing and starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Mandalay Vision, the company's independent development, production and financing label, most recently produced the critically acclaimed Bernie, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine. Bernie debuted at #1 and went on to become one of the most successful independent films of 2012. 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. In addition, Matthew McConaughey was honored with the Best Supporting Actor award by the New York Film Critics Circle, and the film has been selected as a 2012 Top Independent Film by the National Board of Review. In 2011, the company premiered Salvation Boulevard at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by George Ratliff and starring Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Greg Kinnear, Ed Harris and Marisa Tomei, the feature sold to IFC and Sony and was released in July of 2011. Mandalay Vision's Soul Surfer was released by Tri-Star in April 2011 to box office success. The picture stars Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood and AnnaSophia Robb, and is the true story of competitive teen surfer Bethany Hamilton.
Mandalay Visions's first release, The Kids Are All Right, was one of 2010's most successful independently produced and financed films. A Sundance Film Festival darling directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Julianne Moore, Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo, the film won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Mandalay Television has produced a highly successful franchise of original made-for-television movies for Lifetime Television, based on the books of the world renowned and best-selling author, Nora Roberts. Mandalay Television completed the ninth installment in the franchise, Carnal Innocence, starring Gabrielle Anwar, which premiered on Lifetime in June of 2011.
Guber expanded Mandalay into a national entertainment sports provider with Mandalay Sports Entertainment. He 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. Among the professional sports franchises that are owned and/or operated by Mandalay Baseball Properties are the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, a Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, a Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, the Frisco RoughRiders, a Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and the Erie SeaWolves, a Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. In a second partnership with Magic Johnson, 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. Mandalay Baseball Properties recently entered the concessions business by forming 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.
Peter Guber is Co-Chairman of Mandalay Digital Group, a leading global mobile data services provider. MDG is at the convergence of internet media content and mobile communications. MDG delivers a mobile services platform that works with mobile operators and third-party publishers to provide portal management, user interface, content development and billing technology. This proprietary platform enables the responsible distribution of mobile entertainment by the mobile operators.
Guber is a pre-IPO investor in Demand Media who appointed him to its board of directors in early 2010. A leading content and social media company, Demand Media is at the forefront of the new media landscape, creating award-winning online properties such as eHow, LIVESTRONG.COM, Cracked, Trails.com, and GolfLink destination sites.
Guber is owner and Co-Executive Chairman of the NBA's Golden State Warriors. As co-managing partner Guber and his partner Joe Lacob recently announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art arena on the waterfront in San Francisco to play there in 2017.
Prior to the 2011-12 season, the Warriors ownership group acquired the D-League team, the Dakota Wizards, and moved the franchise to Santa Cruz, California. With a new team name and location, the Santa Cruz Warriors are the official NBA D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors and play in their newly built Kaiser Permanente Arena.
In 2012, in a third partnership with Magic Johnson, Peter Guber became an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the storied Major League Baseball franchise, led by the Guggenheim Baseball Management group headed by Mark Walter together with Magic Johnson. The ownership group has deep local roots which will bode well for the franchise, its fans and the Los Angeles community.
Also in 2012, Guber and Mandalay Entertainment partnered with CAA Sports, the world's leading athlete representation agency and Mike Tollin, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film and television producer/director to create Mandalay Sports Media. With Rich Battista as CEO, the diversified sports media business creates, finances, and acquires operating businesses, intellectual property, and varied enterprises within the sports and media sectors, as well as develops high-quality sports-themed entertainment programming for distribution across multiple platforms including film, television, mobile and digital. Mandalay Sports Media has several entertainment projects in development with ESPN, Turner Sports, New Line Cinema, and Incognito Pictures, among other distribution media venues.
In addition, in 2012, Guber joined with Guggenheim Partners and Allen Shapiro as CEO to purchase Dick Clark Productions. Peter Guber was named Chairman of the company. Founded by the late Dick Clark, Dick Clark Productions is a leading independent producer of television programming including perennial hits such as the American Music Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and So You Think You Can Dance.
Peter Guber is a full professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and has been a member of the faculty for over 30 years. He also co-teaches an annual MBA course with the dean of UCLA's Anderson School of Management. He is a member of the UCLA Foundation Board of Trustees, as well as the winner of UCLA's prestigious Service Award for his accomplishments and association with the university. Guber is the Chair of the Founding Board of Advisors for The Center for Managing Enterprises in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES) at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. MEMES is the preeminent Center for thought leadership and management education in the global media, entertainment and sports industries.
Peter Guber is a noted author with works including "Inside The Deep" and the L.A. Times best-seller "Shootout: Surviving Fame and (Mis)Fortune in Hollywood," which was the impetus of his long running TV show of the same title. In December 2007, Guber wrote the cover article for the Harvard Business Review titled," The Four Truths of the Storyteller." He has also authored op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Guber recently released his third book, Tell To Win - Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, which became an instant #1 best seller in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and on Amazon.com. Fortune magazine chose Tell To Win as one of their "5 Business Books You Can Really Use" and Hudson Booksellers, retail book stores in airports throughout North America, chose Tell To Win as one of the "5 Best Business Books of the Year."
Guber is a sought after speaker for corporations and global events. He is a regular contributor in the national media, both in print and on television. Since October of 2008, he has been seen on Fox Business News, appearing on America's Nightly Scoreboard and After The Bell as an Entertainment and Media Analyst. He has also appeared on Good Morning America (ABC), Today (NBC), The Charlie Rose Show (PBS), Your World with Neil Cavuto (FOX NEWS), Lou Dobbs Tonight (FOX NEWS), Bloomberg TV and Morning Joe (MSNBC), among others.