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Colby Gottert

Digital Development Communications International
President
Madagascar, Colombia, USA
Colby Gottert is an Emmy Award-winning producer and cinematographer whose films have been broadcast on PBS, CBS, ESPN and Fusion TV.

Colby co-founded Digital Development Communications in Madagascar in 2004 and has since expanded the company to Chapel Hill, NC, Washington, D.C. and Bogota, Colombia. Colby supervises all aspects of the production process and brings his extensive knowledge of both international development and filmmaking to every production the DDC works on.

In 2006, Colby produced ‘Voyage of the Vezo’, a 26-minute documentary chronicling the travels of Vezo fisherman Maro Bezozo along the barrier reef of Southwestern Madagascar. The film aired on PBS and won a Northern California Regional Emmy.

In 2007, Colby produced ‘Life Out of Balance’, a series of short films about the impact of climate change on the lives of ordinary people living in Peru, Niger and Indonesia. The series was sponsored by the World Bank’s sustainable development unit and premiered at the international climate change conference in Bali.

In 2013, Colby produced ‘Youngstown Boys’, a feature length ESPN 30 for 30 documentary. Colby won a national Emmy award for his work on the film, which chronicles the life of former Ohio State Football star Maurice Clarett.

Colby Gottert graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University in 2003 with a degree in International Development Studies. He has traveled extensively across Latin America, Africa and Asia, is fluent in English and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.