David G. Johnson

Act 4 Entertainment, Founder

David Johnson is the founder of Act 4 Entertainment, a filmed entertainment and new media content company created to inspire social action. He executive produced The People Speak, a feature-length documentary with Matt Damon and other actors and musicians based on Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States, for the History Channel; and Angels in Exile, a feature-length documentary about street kids of Durban, South Africa; and produced The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby, a feature-length documentary about the career and family life of controversial CIA director William Colby. Act 4 is in development on approximately 20 feature film, television, or new media projects as well as the live stage musical version of American Psycho, scheduled to open next winter in London. David is a founder of Agility Capital, LLC, a venture fund for private companies, and was previously senior executive vice president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Prior to MGM, he was a partner of the international law firm White & Case. David is co-chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. David is also a board member and former chair of Public Counsel Law Center, the nation’s largest public interest pro bono law firm. There, he founded its impact litigation project, which builds on Public Counsel’s deep grassroots experience with individual clients to challenge, through class action litigation, systemic and recurring economic rights violations. David also serves on the boards of Children Now, the Dream Foundation, Human Rights Watch (California), KCET, and the Yale School of Drama. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.