Bruce Gowers


Top television director Bruce Gowers has been awarded Emmys, the DGA Award, a Grammy Award and many other shiny trophies for his stylish and groundbreaking work on high-profile productions. His resume includes directing nine seasons of American Idol (2002), earning him an Emmy Award and five nominations for Outstanding Directing and a nomination for the Directors Guild Award.

Bruce is often found calling the shots on the biggest award shows including The Emmys, The MTV Awards, The American Music Awards, The MTV Movie Awards, The Academy of Country Music Awards, The Espy Awards, The Comedy Awards, People's Choice Awards and The Billboard Awards. He has helmed many of the biggest event specials including Live Earth, Live 8, Woodstock Revisited, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration (2001), The Grammy Nomination Concerts, Miss America, and single artist music specials for The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Fleetwood Mac and Prince. His work on Genius: A Night for Ray Charles (2004) was recognized with a DGA Award win and an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Direction. Specials for Britney Spears, Prince and Barry Manilow were critical and ratings successes.

His career goes beyond his work on music and live event productions, with extensive credits in the comedy arena, such as the long-running series Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) and specials for Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Richard Lewis, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. Gowers' forays into kids programming has brought major successes to Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and PBS, where his name appears on the hit shows Teen Choice Awards, Kid's Choice Awards, Roundhouse (1992), the "Kidsongs" TV shows, The Amanda Show (1999) and All That (1994).

As an Executive Producer and Show Creator, Bruce is credited with the long-running hit "Kidsongs" videos, TV series and music franchise in addition to these successful television series: The New America's Funniest People (1990), "Spectacular World of Guinness Records", Dancin' to the Hits (1986) and "The Essence Awards". His best-known work is his landmark music video "Bohemian Rhapsody" for Queen and he is least known for his remarkable documentary on Salvador DalĂ­, "Hello Dali", which won him his first Emmy Award.

Producer ( 3 credits )

Kidsongs (1990) producer / producer director (3 episodes, 1997)
Hi! Summer (1977) producer (7 episodes, 1977)
The Sweepstakes Game (1976) producer (14 episodes, 1976)

Director ( 35 credits )

Your Mama Don't Dance (2008) (2 episodes, 2008)
Celebrity Duets (2006) (9 episodes, 2006)
American Juniors (2003) (unknown episodes)
American Idol (2002) (234 episodes, 2002-2011)
The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards (2001)
The 14th Annual American Comedy Awards (2000)
The Amanda Show (1999) (1 episode, 2000)
Family Feud (1999) (unknown episodes)
Whose Line Is It Anyway? (1998) (1 episode, 1998)
The Challenge (1998) (2 episodes, 2003)
Sin City Spectacular (1998) (unknown episodes)
All That (1994) (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Townsend Television (1993) (unknown episodes)
The Paula Poundstone Show (1993) (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Roundhouse (1992) (2 episodes)
Kidsongs (1990) (14 episodes, 1990-1997)
L.A. Friday (1989)
Live! Dick Clark Presents (1988) (unknown episodes)
Dancin' to the Hits (1986)
Cinemax Sessions (1986) (unknown episodes)
This Is Your Life (1983) (unknown episodes)
Rock of the 80's (1983) (1 episode, 1985)
Solid Gold (1980) (7 episodes, 1985)
The Toni Tennille Show (1980) (1 episode, 1980)
Hi! Summer (1977) (7 episodes, 1977)
The Sweepstakes Game (1976) (14 episodes, 1976)
Larry Grayson (1975) (13 episodes, 1975-1977)
The Top Secret Life of Edgar Briggs (1974) (1 episode, 1974)
Russell Harty Plus (1972) (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
Great Performances (1971) (1 episode, 1993)
Ev (1970) (unknown episodes)
The Kenny Everett Explosion (1970)
Aquarius (1970) (3 episodes, 1972-1975)
The Frost Programme (1970) (8 episodes, 1972)
This Week (1956) (1 episode, 1976)