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Also Known As: Howard Peter Guber Died:
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Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: producer, professor

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Arguably one of the most successful figures in late 20th century-early 21st century Hollywood, Peter Guber was a film producer and studio chief whose tenure at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Mandalay Pictures yielded such blockbusters as "Flashdance" (1983), "Rain Man" (1988), "Batman" (1989), as well as a vast array of television programs, specials, music and media projects. His three-decade knack for bringing record-breaking films to fruition, both as a solo entity and with his former producing partner, Jon Peters, was largely unparalleled in the industry, as was his comprehension of new media, as evidenced by his role in launching GeekChicDaily and Demand Media. Guber's body of work and its impact on entertainment and communication as a whole was a model of drive, vision and success.

Arguably one of the most successful figures in late 20th century-early 21st century Hollywood, Peter Guber was a film producer and studio chief whose tenure at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Mandalay Pictures yielded such blockbusters as "Flashdance" (1983), "Rain Man" (1988), "Batman" (1989), as well as a vast array of television programs, specials, music and media projects. His three-decade knack for bringing record-breaking films to fruition, both as a solo entity and with his former producing partner, Jon Peters, was largely unparalleled in the industry, as was his comprehension of new media, as evidenced by his role in launching GeekChicDaily and Demand Media. Guber's body of work and its impact on entertainment and communication as a whole was a model of drive, vision and success.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Heckler (2008)
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1968:
Recruited as executive assistant by Columbia Pictures while still at NYU
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Worked seven years at Columbia in various production executive positions; last three years as studio chief
1976:
Formed Peter Guber's Filmworks; merged with Casablanca Records to become Casablanca Record and Filmworks' co-owner and chairman of the board
1977:
Produced first feature, "The Deep"
1978:
Executive produced first feature, "Midnight Express"
1980:
Formed Polygram Pictures
1983:
Brought in Jon Peters as a partner to form Guber-Peters Entertainment Company (GPEC)
1984:
Produced first TV series, "Dreams"
1988:
Merged Polygram Pictures with Barris Industries to form Guber-Peters-Barris Entertainment Co.; Became co-chairman and managing director
1989:
Took control of Guber-Peters-Barris when Burt Sugarman left and Frank Lowy took his place
1989:
Became co-chairman of Columbia/Sony Pictures with Jon Peters; agreement including Sony's acquiring of the Guber-Peters Entertainment Co. For upwards of $200 million
1991:
Became sole chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment after co-chairman Jon Peters' resignation (May)
1993:
Signed a new five-year contract as chairman at Sony in March
1994:
Stepped down as chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment on Sept. 29, announcing that he was forming his own independent production company, to be financed by Sony
:
Formed Mandelay Entertainment
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Education

Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York -
University of Florence: -
New York University: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

Film Threat magazine reports that Guber commissioned a graphic design company to produce a new personal signature for him that he will learn to write.

He received the NYU's Albert Gallatin Fellowship.

Received Syracuse University's Ardent Award.

He is a visiting professor and chairman of the producers department at UCLA's School of Theater Arts.

He is a member of the New York, California and Washington DC Bars.

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wife:
Lynda Guber. Producer. Born c. 1945.

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father:
Samuel Guber.
mother:
Ruth Guber.
daughter:
Jodi Guber. Former agent. Born c. 1969.
daughter:
Elizabeth Guber. Actor. Born c. 1972.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Inside the Deep"
"Above the Title"
"Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood" Simon & Schuster

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