About History

Academy has spent 35 wonderful years developing film making talent, picking up awards across all platforms and working with some of the brightest minds, creatives and artists in the world.

From Cannes Lions to MTV awards, to international film festivals, our work has always spoken for itself, going from strength to strength through the decades in a constantly evolving industry.

With the launch of our photography department, we look to the future in becoming a fully rounded home for creative talent. Art, music, film and advertising runs in our blood, and creativity is at the heart of everything we do.

Founded by Lizie Gower in 1985, Academy’s guiding philosophy has always been to nurture and develop emerging young talent and this approach has led to our well established reputation for launching stars of the future. Directors Martin De Thurah, Seb Edwards, Jonathan Glazer, Frederic Planchon, Si & Ad and Us all signed to Academy at the beginning of their careers and continue to shoot ground breaking and award winning work.

In 1999 Academy produced what is widely regarded as the best commercial ever made - ‘Surfer’ for Guinness. The film won two D&AD Black Pencils and ‘Commercial of the Year’ at almost every award show. The Times voted ‘Surfer’ as The Most Iconic Ad of all time and the film continues to top ad polls inside and outside the industry.

We have produced some of the best loved music videos of all time including ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ and ‘Virtual Insanity’, as well as films for the Arctic Monkeys, Beyonce, James Blake, David Bowie, Jay-Z, Madonna, Massive Attack, Frank Ocean, The Prodigy, Radiohead, The Verve, Kanye West, Jack White and many others.

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