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Former Film London Chair Sandy Lieberson Awarded CBE

Date posted: 25.04.2012

Producer and Former Chair of Film London, Sandy Lieberson, has been awarded by Queen Elizabeth II the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to the film industry.

Lieberson has been a major figure in the film industry in Europe and America since the 1960s when he served as an agent to Sergio Leone, Peter Sellers, Lindsay Anderson and the Rolling Stones.

Upon partnering with David Puttnam to form the company Goodtimes, he went on to produce some of the most significant films of the 1970s, including Performance (1970), Stardust (1974), and Mahler (1974).

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: "This is richly deserved recognition of what Sandy has contributed to the UK film industry over many years as an agent, producer and as an educator with the likes of the Media programme and the National Film and Television School.

Lieberson also served as first vice president of International Pictures and later was president of production at 20th Century Fox, supervising the international launches and the production of films by Herzog, Roeg, Bertolucci, Zinneman, Kurosawa and Ridley Scott.

Lieberson was the inaugural Chair of Film London's board of directors from 2003-2010 and was instrumental in building the foundations of Film London and helped shape significant and successful initiatives such as Microwave.

Wootton continued: "Sandy made a massive contribution to the creation of Film London. As our founding Chair, he was not just my boss but he was a creative inspiration and a mentor. Without him Film London wouldn't have had such as strong start, nor offer such a breadth of successful activity supporting the capital's film industry."

Lieberson continues to advise and contribute to a wide range of organisations and projects dedicated to the development of talent and skill in the film and media industries.

Honorary awards, such as the CBE, are awarded to Non-British nationals who have made a significant contribution to the UK. These awards are granted on the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and approved by The Queen.

For more information on the CBE, visit the Honorary awards page of the FCO website.

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