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Lizie Gower

Managing Director/ Founder
Academy Films

Lizie launched Academy Films in 1985. The company has been listed as one of the top 5 companies world wide making commercials and music videos, picking up all of the industry's biggest awards along the way including two black pencils at the D&AD awards, MTV best video of the year, campaign magazine top production company, commercial of the decade by the Sunday times, televisuals top uk production company and Most Successful production company in the uk of 2011.

Lizie has developed a reputation for spotting great new talent and nurturing the directors, with a 40 strong directors roster , most of which having worked their entire directorial career at Academy.

Over the years many of the countries iconic advertisements for Guinness, Audi, Vodafone, Levis, Stella Artois, Sony and British Airways have been made by Academy.

Lizie is frequently called upon to be a spokesperson for the advertising and film industry, she was made chairman of the British Advertising arrow awards in 2009 and has sat on the executive committee of the Advertising Producers Association for 18 years and has chaired and judged numerous key award shows and is a member and a jury member for BAFTA.

Celebrating and investing
in creativity