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Bisanz is new executive director of Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment

Center's dedicated to promoting social change through entertainment and performing arts

Peter Bisanz

Peter Bisanz

Peter Bisanz has been appointed the new executive director of the Skoll Center for Social Impact Entertainment at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Dean Teri Schwartz announced today.

Bisanz will bring his extensive experience as a social entrepreneur, filmmaker and global communications expert to build awareness and transform social capital in a way that affects society positively. He was formerly the head of development and communications for the Global Knowledge Networks, the think tank to the World Economic Forum, where global experts work to address the most pressing challenges facing the world today.

“Peter brings a wealth of experiences and innovative strategic thinking that will be critical to building the new Skoll Center for SIE (Social Impact Entertainment) into a global hub for the finest talent in the world for social impact entertainment," Schwartz said, in welcoming Bisanz. "We are excited to have Peter lead the effort and very proud to partner with our amazing benefactor, Jeff Skoll, and his team on this important endeavor."

“I founded Participant Media with the belief that a story well told has the power to ignite positive social change,” said Skoll. “This new center at UCLA TFT extends that vision, with the goal of empowering the next generation of media professionals to understand how their craft can both simultaneously entertain audiences and get them involved in the biggest social issues we face today.”  

Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, Bisanz was the founder and director of Entropy Films and the Beyond Our Differences Foundation, where he created socially relevant documentaries, films and education programs on global issues. In 2007, Bisanz was named one of the forum’s Young Global Leaders; he currently serves on its advisory board. Earlier in his career, he worked at Paramount Pictures and later became vice president of development at the Ladd Production Company, where he helped develop more than 40 projects, including "An Unfinished Life," starring Morgan Freeman, Robert Redford and Jennifer Lopez; and the Oscar-nominated film "Gone Baby Gone," directed by Ben Affleck.

Bisanz has a B.F.A. in film and television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, an M.B.A. from University of Oxford’s Said Business School and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship at the school’s Center for Public Leadership.

Dedicated to promoting social change through entertainment and performing arts, the new Skoll center was launched in November 2014 when Skoll donated $10 million to UCLA TFT. Skoll’s gift named and endowed the center, the first of its kind dedicated solely to advancing the power of entertainment and performing arts to inspire social change. For more information about the center, go here.

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