|Born||England, United Kingdom|
|Occupation||Television director and producer|
Gowers started his career in his native England where his landmark music video for Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" brought him international recognition leading to his relocation to the U.S. in the late 1970s.
Gowers' son Sean replaced Olivier Mercier on Kidsongs - Ride the Roller Coaster-Very Silly Songs (1990) and We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1992) and was replaced by Miyagi Chilombo on Kidsongs - Play-Along Songs (1993).
Bruce’s varied career includes credits for the live episodes of American Idol (2001–2010) which he has directed from the start, and awards shows including the Emmys, The MTV Awards, the Billboard Awards and the American Music Awards, event specials including Live Earth, Live 8 and President Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Concert at the Lincoln Memorial and music specials for Michael Jackson and The Jacksons, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Britney Spears. See credits below.
HBO and Showtime provided the opportunity to direct comedy specials with the biggest names in the business: Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. For Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and PBS Bruce turned his attention to the popular kids series’ Roundhouse, The Kidsongs TV Show (co-creator), The Amanda Show, All That and the Teen Choice Awards.
In the first wave of reality shows, Bruce executive produced and directed The Spectacular World of Guinness Records, America’s Funniest People (co-creator) and This is Your Life.
Along the way, Bruce has directed documentaries (for the Rolling Stones and Salvador Dalí), ice shows, magic shows (Penn and Teller), comedy series (Whose Line is it Anyway), sports (wrestling, soccer and horse racing), talk shows (Tony Tenille), game shows (Family Feud), sitcoms (The Life and Times of Edgar Briggs) and interviews specials (David Frost with various heads of state).
- American Idol (FOX) 2002–2007, 2009–2010
2009 Emmy Award Winner - Best Musical Variety Director. 5 Emmy Award Nominations, DGA Award Nominee
- Celebrity Duets (FOX) 2006
- Your Mama Don’t Dance (Lifetime) 2008
- So You Think You Can Dance (Fox) 2005
- Pepsi Smash(WB) 2004
- Big Break (Syndication) 1990
- Dancin' to the Hits(Syndication) 30 episodes 1986-1987
- Dick Clark Live (CBS) 1988-1989
- Solid Gold (Paramount) 1985
- Rock of the 80's (Showtime) -- 1984 Ace Award Nominee
- Britt Ekland's Jukebox(Syndication) 1979
- American Juniors (FOX) 2003
- All That (Nickelodeon) 1999
- The Amanda Show(Nickelodeon) 1999
- The Kidsongs Television (called "The Kidsongs TV Show" in only season 1 (1987-1988)) (Public Television) 1987 - 1988, 1994 – 1995, 1997 - 1998
- Roundhouse (Nickelodeon) 1993 - 1994
- The Spectacular World of Guinness Records (Syndication) 52 episodes—1987-1989
- This Is Your Life (NBC) 1983
- We Interrupt This Week (PBS)
- Headliners with David Frost (NBC) 1978
- The 57th & 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (ABC) 2005, 2007
- People’s Choice Awards (CBS) 2005-2009
- The Billboard Awards(Fox) 1995 - 2006
- Kid's Choice Awards (Nickelodeon & MTV Networks) 2005 - 2007, 1995, 1994
- Teen Choice Awards (Fox) 2004-2009
- Miss America (CMT) 2006, 2008
- The World Music Awards (ABC) 2005, 2004
- Tributo A Nuestros Heroes (Telemundo Network) 2004
- Spike Video Game Awards (Spike TV) 2004
- The American Music Awards (ABC) 2003, 2002, 2001
- The Blockbuster Awards (UPN) 1996-2001
- Academy of Country Music Awards (CBS) 2002, 2001
- MTV Movie Awards 1992 - 2002
- The 72nd Annual Academy Awards Pre-Show (ABC) 2002, 2000
- Muhammad Ali 60th Birthday Celebration (CBS) 2002
- My VH1 Awards (VH1) 2000
- The MTV Video Music Awards(MTV & Syndication) 2000, 1995-1994, 1992-1988—Winner of the 1990 Monitor Award for Best Director, multiple Ace & Monitor Award nominations
- The Essence Awards (CBS & Fox) 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993 &1992—1995 NAACP Image Award for Best Special
- The ESPY Awards (ESPN, ABC) 1997, 1996 & 1995
- The American Comedy Awards (ABC) 2000, 1999, 1998 & 1995
- The AFI Salutes... (ABC) 2000, 1999
- MTV’s Fashionably Loud (MTV) 1998, 1997, 1996 & 1995
- VH1 Fashion Awards (VH1) 1998, 1997 & 1996
- 1998 Skate, Rattle and Roll Championships (Fox) 1998
- VH1 Honors (VH1) 1995, 1994
- MTV European Music Awards (MTV) 1996, 1995, 1994
- All Star Pro Sports Awards (ABC) 1990
- American Video Awards (ABC) 1983, 1985–1986
- Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years (CBS) 2001
- Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (ABC) 2007, 2008
- I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash (CBS) 2005
- An All-Star Salute to Patti LaBelle: Live From Atlantis (UPN) 2005
- Live 8 Philadelphia (MTV/VH1, ABC) 2005
- Genius: A Night for Ray Charles (CBS) 2004 – Winner of the 2004 DGA Award for Best Musical Variety Director. Emmy Award Nominee, Best Director
- Prince Musicology (PPV) 2004
- Ultimate Manilow (CBS) 2002
- All Star Tribute to Brian Wilson (TNT) 2001
- NSYNC - Atlantis Concert 2001
- Women Rock: Girls with Guitars (Lifetime) 2001, 2000
- Experience Music Project (VH1) 2000 (2 nights)
- Arista’s 25th Anniversary (NBC) 2000
- Sarah Brightman: La Luna Concert (PBS) 2000
- Britney Spears in Hawaii (FOX) 2000
- Britney Spears: There’s No Place Like Home (FOX) 2000
- A Home for the Holidays (CBS) 2001, 2000
- Radio City Grand Re-Opening (FOX) 1999
- Ricky Martin: One Night Only (CBS) 1999
- American Express Concert in Central Park (UPN) 1999
- L’Oreal Summer Music Mania (UPN) 1999
- Fleetwood Mac: The Dance (MTV) 1997 B DGA & EMMY Nominee for Best Director
- Rolling Stones: Bridges to Babylon (Pay Per View) 1997
- Woodstock (Pay Per View) 1994
- An American Reunion: The Lincoln Memorial Inaugural Concert (HBO) 1993
- MTV'S Inaugural Gala Ball (MTV) 1993
- Up-close: Paul McCartney (MTV & ABC) 1993
- Rod Stewart Valentine Vagabond (Live Pay Per View Concert) 1992
- Dwight Yokum (Live Pay Per View Concert) 1991
- MTV Unplugged With Paul McCartney (MTV) 1991—Ace Award Nominee
- Arista's 15th Anniversary "That's What Friends Are For" (CBS) 1990
- Huey Lewis and the News (Showtime) 1985—Grammy Award winner for Best Director
- Men at Work "Live in San Francisco" (HBO) 1984—Monitor Award winner
- Soul Session: James Brown & Friends (Cinemax) -- 1987 Ace Award for Best Director
- Harry Belafonte: Don’t Stop the Carnival (HBO) 1985
- The Doobie Brothers Farewell Concert (Showtime) 1985
- Rod Stewart, Tonight He’s Yours (Syndication) 1981
- Legends of Rock 'N Roll (Cinemax) 1989
- 3 Cats From Miami (HBO) 1998
- Rodney Dangerfield’s 75th Birthday Toast (HBO) 1997
- Paula Poundstone Goes to Harvard (HBO) 1995
- TV's All Time Classic Comedy (Fox) 1994
- Dame Edna's Hollywood I, II & III (NBC) (Three 1 Hour Specials) 1992, 1991
- Paul Rodriguez Special (Fox) 1992
- The 14th Annual Young Comedians Show (HBO) 1991 with Richard Lewis
- Paula Poundstone: Cats, Cops and Stuff (HBO) 1990 -- Ace Award nominee 1991
- Richard Lewis "I'm Doomed" (HBO) 1990—Ace Award nominee 1990
- Harry Anderson's Sideshow (NBC) 1987
- This Is Your Life, 30th Anniversary Special (NBC) 1987
- Richard Lewis: "I'm Exhausted" (HBO) 1988
- George Carlin's "What Am I Doing in New Jersey?" (HBO) 1988
- The 11th Annual Young Comedian's Special (HBO) 1988
- Robin Williams, an Evening at The Met (HBO) -- 1988 Monitor Award nominee and 1987 Ace Award nominee, both for Best Director
- Harry Anderson "Hello Sucker" (Showtime) 1986
- Jerry Seinfeld Special (HBO) 1987
- Greater Tuna (HBO) 1984—Monitor Award Winner for Best Cable Program, Ace Award Nominee for Best Director
- Billy Crystal - A Comic’s Line (HBO) 1984
- Richard Belzer Caught in the Act (Cinemax) 1984
- Eddie Murphy Delirious (HBO) 1983
- Explosion! (ABC) 1997
- City Kids All-star Celebration (ABC) 1995
- World of Entertainment (Syndication) 1982
- All-Star Salute to Mother’s Day (NBC) 1981
- The II, III, IV & V International Guinness Book of World Records (ABC)
- David Frost with The Shah of Iran (ABC) 1980
Selected music videos directed by Bruce Gowers:
- Queen: "Bohemian Rhapsody" (1975)
- Queen: "You're My Best Friend" (1976)
- Queen: "Somebody to Love" (1976)
- Queen: "Tie Your Mother Down" (1977)
- Genesis: "Robbery, Assault and Battery" (1976)
- Genesis: "Ripples" (1976)
- Genesis: "A Trick of the Tail" (1976)
- Leo Sayer: "How Much Love" (1977)
- Styx: "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" (1978)
- Styx: "Sing for the Day" (1978)
- Styx: "I'm OK" (1978)
- Michael Jackson: "Rock with You" (1979)
- Michael Jackson: "She's Out of My Life" (1980)
- The Jacksons: "Can You Feel It" (1980)
- REO Speedwagon: "Keep the Fire Burnin'" (1982)
- Prince: "Controversy"
- Prince: "Sexuality"
- Prince: "1999"
- Huey Lewis and the News: "The Heart of Rock & Roll" (1984)
- Tony Christie and Peter Kay: "Amarillo" (2005)
- Rod Stewart: "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
- Rod Stewart: "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"
- Rod Stewart: "I Was Only Joking"
- Rod Stewart: "Hot Legs"
- John Cougar (Mellencamp): "Jack and Diane"
- John Cougar (Mellencamp): "Hurts So Good"
- John Cougar (Mellencamp): "This Time"
- John Cougar (Mellencamp): "Ain't Even Done with the Night"
- KISS: "A World Without Heroes"
- Rose Royce: "Love Don't Live Here Anymore"
- Rod Stewart: "You're Insane"
- Electric Light Orchestra: "Rockaria!"
- Mike Oldfield: "In Dulce Jubilo"
- Kansas: "Dust In The Wind"
- Journey: "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'"
- Journey: "Lights"
- Rush: "Tom Sawyer"
- Alicia Bridges: "I Love The Night Life"
- Chaka Khan: "I'm Every Woman"
- Hello Dalí (1973)
- Finnan Games (1975)
- George Lopez Talk Show (WAD Productions) 2008
- Glam Me Up (CW Network) 2008
- Roundhouse (Nickelodeon) 1992
- America's Funniest People (ABC) 1990
- The Kidsongs TV Show (Syndication) 1988
- Dancin' to The Hits (Syndication) 1986
- Footlight Follies 1988
- Double Takes 1987
Grammy Award Winner:
- Huey Lewis and the News (Showtime) 1985—Best Director long form music video
Emmy Award Winner :
- American Idol (FOX) 2009 - Best Musical Variety Director
- Hello Dalí (1973) – Documentary Director
- The 4th International Guinness Book of World Records; (1982) - Editor
Emmy Nominations: American Idol (2006–2007, 2009), Genius: A Night for Ray Charles (2004), Fleetwood Mac: The Dance (1997)
DGA Award Winner:
- Genius: A Night for Ray Charles (CBS) 2004 –Best Musical Variety Director
DGA Award Nominations: American Idol (2006), Fleetwood Mac: The Dance (1997)
Ace Award Winner:
- Soul Session: James Brown & Friends (Cinemax) -- 1987 Best Director
- Greater Tuna (HBO) 1984 Best Director
Monitor Award Winner:
- Men at Work "Live in San Francisco" (HBO) 1984 Best Director
- The MTV Video Music Awards (MTV & Syndication) 1990 Best Director
NAACP Image Award Winner:
- The Essence Awards 1995: Best Special
Golden Harp Award Winner: Finnan Games