Bruce Gowers

Award-winning television director and producer Bruce Gowers was a pioneer in the music video industry, having directed over 350 music videos, and was best known for directing large-scale music events and award ... Read more »

Born: 11/30/1939 in England

Filmography

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American Idol 1977 - 1978, 1980 - 1981, 1985 - 1995, 2001 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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American Juniors 1977 - 1981, 1985 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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BeachClash 1977 - 1978, 1980 - 1981, 1987 - 1995, 2002 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Big Break 1977 - 1978, 1980 - 1981, 1987 - 1992, 2002 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Britt Ekland's Juke Box 1977 - 1981, 1985 - 1995, 2001 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Celebrity Rap Superstar 1987 - 1989, 1991 - 1992, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Dancin' to the Hits 1977 - 1978, 1980 - 1981, 1985 - 1995, 2002 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Headliners with David Frost 1977 - 1978, 1987 - 1989, 1991 - 1992, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off - "Shake It Up" Edition 1988 - 1989, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1977 - 1981, 1985 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Pepsi Smash 1977 - 1981, 1983 - 1995, 1997 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Roundhouse 1977 - 1981, 1983 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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So You Think You Can Dance 1977 - 1981, 1983 - 1995, 1997 - 1999, 2001 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Kidsongs Television Show 1977 - 1978, 1980 - 1981, 1987 - 1995, 2002 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Paula Poundstone Show 1988 - 1989, 1991 - 1992, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Spectacular World of Guinness Records 1977 - 1981, 1983 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Toni Tennille Show 1977 - 1978, 1980 - 1981, 1987 - 1989, 1991 - 1992, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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This Is Your Life 1977 - 1981, 1983 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Townsend Television 1977 - 1978, 1980 - 1981, 1987 - 1994, 2002 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Whose Line Is It Anyway? 1977 - 1981, 1983 - 1995, 1997 - 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Celebrity Duets 1988 - 1989, 2004 - 2008, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! Countdown to Music's Biggest Night 1988 - 1989, 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2008, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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Idol Gives Back 3 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Dick Clark's New Year's Rocking Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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Teen Choice 2009 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

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2008 Miss America Live! 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The 2008 Teen Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The 34th Annual People's Choice Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

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Wired Science 1988 - 1989, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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Your Mama Don't Dance 2008 (Tv Show)

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Idol Gives Back 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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Nickelodeon's 20th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The 2006 Billboard Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The 2007 Teen Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

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I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Miss America 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 2005 Billboard Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 2006 Teen Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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World Music Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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AutoRox 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Genius: A Night For Ray Charles 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Kelly, Ruben & Fantasia: Home For Christmas 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Nickelodeon's 18th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The 2005 Teen Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Video Game Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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World Music Awards 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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American Idol: Halfway Home 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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American Idol: The Final Three 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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American Idol: Uncut, Uncensored and Untalented 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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An American Idol Christmas 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Harry For The Holidays 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Justin Timberlake: Down Home in Memphis 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 2003 Billboard Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 2004 Teen Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 31st Annual American Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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American Idol: Best of the Worst 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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American Idol: Halfway Home 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Survivor: Thailand - The Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The 2003 Teen Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The 30th Annual American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The 31st Annual American Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The 38th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2002 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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A Home For the Holidays With Mariah Carey 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Billboard's Rock 'n' Roll New Year's Eve 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Muhammad Ali's 60th Birthday Celebration 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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N Sync Live! The Atlantis Concert 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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On the Red Carpet: Oscars 2002 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 2001 Billboard Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 29th Annual American Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The 36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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A Home For the Holidays 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Billboard's Rock 'n' Roll New Year's Eve 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Britney Spears: There's No Place Like Home 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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GQ's 2000 Men of the Year Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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SCI FI Presents New York's Halloween Parade 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Sarah Brightman: La Luna in Concert 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2000 Billboard Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 2001 MTV Movie Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The 7th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Women Rock! Girls & Guitars 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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American Express Brings You Central Park in Blue 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Britney in Hawaii 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Countdown to Oscar 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Radio City Music Hall's Grand Re-Opening Gala 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 1999 Billboard Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 2000 MTV Movie Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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iWON.com Annual $10 Million Giveaway 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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American Film Institute Salute to Dustin Hoffman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Billboard's Musical New Year's Eve Live 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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L' Oreal's Summer Music Mania '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 13th Annual American Comedy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The 5th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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12th Annual American Comedy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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American Comedy Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Fleetwood Mac: The Dance 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 1997 Billboard Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 1998 Skate TV Championships 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon 1998 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The World Fashion Premiere From Paris 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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VH1 97 Fashion Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Art Garfunkel... Across America 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Engelbert Humperdinck -- Love Unchained 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Explosion! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 1996 Billboard Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 1997 ESPY Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The 1997 MTV Movie Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The VH1 Fashion Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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CityKids All Star Celebration 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Countdown to the Emmys 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 1995 Billboard Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Eric Clapton: Nothing But the Blues 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Kidsongs Holiday Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Nickelodeon's 7th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Pete Townshend's PsychoDerelict 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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VH1 Honors 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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An American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Dame Edna's Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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MTV Presents Paul McCartney Up Close 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 1992 MTV Video Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The 1993 MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Essence Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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1991 MTV Video Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Dame Edna's Hollywood 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The 14th Annual Young Comedians Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Essence Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The LP Show With Victor Borge 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Paula Poundstone: Cats, Cops and Stuff 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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The 1990 MTV Video Music Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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America's Funniest... Part II 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Richard Lewis: "I'm Doomed" 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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That's What Friends Are For 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The All-Star Pro Sports Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Live! Dick Clark Presents 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

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The Twelfth Annual Young Comedians Show 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Harry Anderson's Sideshow 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Jerry Seinfeld -- Stand-Up Confidential 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Richard Lewis: "I'm Exhausted" 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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A Soul Session: James Brown & Friends 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Robin Williams -- An Evening at the Met 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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This Is Your Life 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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American Video Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Harry Belafonte: Don't Stop The Carnival 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Greater Tuna 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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That Was the Week That Was 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Guinness Book of World Records 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Billy Crystal: A Comic's Line 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Glen Campbell and Friends: The Silver Anniversary 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Men at Work in Concert 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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The World of Entertainment 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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We Dare You! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Doobie Brothers Farewell (TV Show)

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Eddie Murphy Delirious (TV Show)

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Ricky Martin: One Night Only (TV Show)

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Show Business (TV Show)

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The Legends of Rock 'n' Roll (TV Show)

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Wheels Are Turnin' (TV Show)

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Paul Rodriguez: Back to School 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Temptations and Four Tops 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Consultant

Biography

Award-winning television director and producer Bruce Gowers was a pioneer in the music video industry, having directed over 350 music videos, and was best known for directing large-scale music events and award ceremonies such as the Emmy Awards, The MTV Video Music Awards, the Billboard Awards and the American Music Awards. While it was his visionary music video for Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" that launched his career stateside, he was perhaps best known as the longtime director for "American Idol" (Fox 2002-), which earned him an Emmy Award in 2009.

Born in 1940 in England, Gowers began his career working as a cable puller, a cameraman and a production manager for the BBC by day, and making low-budget commercials by night. He soon moved into directing, where he specialized in doing talk shows and concert films such as "The Kenny Everett Explosion" (LWT 1970) and "Queen Live at the Rainbow" (1974). Gowers was a budding director during the time in which record companies started to rely on recording "promo videos" instead of sending bands to tour overseas. Gowers directed a number of videos for Queen, but it was his innovative video for "Bohemian Rhapsody," that brought him international attention and led to him relocating in the United States during the late '70s.

While music videos appear to be an American phenomenon due to the immense cultural impact of MTV, Gowers was one of the few people who was making them, along with his fellow producer and British expat, Paul Flattery. The duo ended up making videos for nearly every musical icon, including Prince, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, all the eighties hair bands and the Rolling Stones. While Gowers was an indispensible director for bands, he was equally sought out for television direction, working with the legendary interviewer David Frost on both "The Frost Programme" (LWT 1970-73) in the UK and later for his American-produced series, "Headliners with David Frost" (NBC 1978).

Gowers's jump across the pond brought him more than just professional success. After being scouted to direct a TV music documentary for Rod Stewart called "Tonight He's Yours" (1981), he met producer Carol Rosenstein and a creative collaboration was born. Soon after, they opened a Los Angeles music video company called Together Again Video Productions in 1983 and over the years produced hundreds of music videos and television specials. They eventually became more than just professional partners, and had a daughter together. As a father, Gowers saw a gap in children's entertainment and decided to make a program that utilized his expertise of music production leading to the creation of "The Kidsongs TV Show" (1985), which started out as home videos and then aired on The Disney Channel and PBS.

With a production credit list that could fill volumes, Bruce Gowers had a knack for capturing the raw talent of some of the biggest stars in entertainment. From directing comedy specials for the likes of Eddie Murphy, George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld, worldwide events like "Live 8" (2005), presidential inaugural concerts, and countless award shows and music specials during his 40-year career span. If any big event happened or an award was given out, it was likely that Gowers was there behind the scenes, calling the shots. After spending his years as a director for hire, Gowers finally attached himself to a long-term project, overseeing the direction of "American Idol" from its inception in 2002 to the end of season 10 in 2011, garnering countless accolades in the process and further establishing himself in the industry.

Relationships

Carol Rosenstein Executive Producer

Companion

Milestones

2002

Began directing American Idol

1975

Directed the music video for Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" and launched his career stateside

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