Sanford Lieberson

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Sandy Lieberson
Sandford Lieberson

(1936-07-16) 16 July 1936 (age 87)
Occupation(s)Film producer and educator
Known forFounder of Goodtimes Enterprises;
Umbrella Entertainment

Sanford "Sandy" Lieberson (born 16 July 1936)[1] is an American film producer and educator based in Britain since 1965.


Born on 16 July 1936 in Los Angeles, California,[1] Sandy Lieberson began his career as an agent in the US, at the William Morris Agency[2] with clients who included Sergio Leone, Peter Sellers, Richard Harris and The Rolling Stones. He worked in Rome for almost three years from 1961, then returned to the US for two years, before moving to the UK in 1965, going on to become a film producer.[3] In 1968 he founded the British production company Goodtimes Enterprises, which produced films such as Performance (1970),[4]

Mahler (1974) and Lisztomania (1975). David Puttnam became a partner of Goodtimes in 1970.

Since the mid-1970s, Lieberson formed a new production company called Umbrella Entertainment, which produced films such as Jabberwocky (1977) and Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987). Between 1977 and 1980, he held various positions at 20th Century Fox, and was subsequently Vice President of International Production for The Ladd Company, before becoming Chief of Production at Goldcrest Films between 1984 and 1986. He was also head of production for UK 20th Century Fox and MGM, and was the inaugural Chair of Film London from 2003,[5][6] continuing to help shape it for eight years.[3] He set up the Producers course at the National Film and Television School and was Head Tutor of its Producing Department.


Lieberson received the BIFA (British Independent Film Awards) Special Jury Prize in 2005. In 2012, he was appointed an honorary CBE in recognition of his services to the film industry.[7][8][9]

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  1. ^ a b "Sanford Lieberson", IMDb.
  2. ^ Gaydos, Steven (15 January 2016). "Producer Sandy Lieberson Looks Back on His Career Move to Europe". Variety. Retrieved 12 May 2024.
  3. ^ a b Kemp, Stuart (10 September 2012). "Veteran Film Player Sandy Lieberson Named CBE By British Government". The Hollywood Reporter.
  4. ^ Stubbs, Tom; Bill Prince, Jay Glennie and Adam Scovell (26 November 2018). "It's 50 years since Performance, the film so controversial its own studio banned it". GQ.
  5. ^ "Former Film London Chair Sandy Lieberson Awarded CBE". Film London. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  6. ^ Dams, Tim (17 February 2003). "Sandy Lieberson named head of Film London". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Film visionary Sanford Lieberson awarded honorary CBE". | Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2024.
  8. ^ "Sanford Lieberson awarded honorary CBE". | Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2024.
  9. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (11 September 2012). "Sanford 'Sandy' Lieberson awarded honorary CBE". Screen Daily. Retrieved 12 May 2024.

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