Michelle Mower is bursting onto the global filmmaking scene with her recent 2016 acquisition of Imagination Worldwide. IWW is a Los-Angeles based international sales and distribution company. Mower will be refocusing the company’s efforts by producing & distributing motion pictures directed by women and/or targeted to female audiences – thereby bringing more gender parity to the entertainment industry.
Prior to heading up Imagination Worldwide, Mower was an acclaimed writer, producer and director whose work has been featured on Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) and Nuvo Television. Her debut feature film, “The Preacher’s Daughter,” starring Andrea Bowen (“Desperate Housewives”) garnered the highest ratings for LMN that year. After that success, Mower wrote, co-produced and directed two more telefilms for the network, “The Preacher’s Mistress” and “The Preacher’s Sin.”
Mower received her B.A. degree in Radio/Television/Film from the University in Houston in 2000. After graduation, Mower was hired by Houston’s NBC affiliate as Associate Producer for the morning news program. In 2003, Mower went to work for Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP), a non-profit media arts organization. As Program Coordinator, her primary function was to organize their professional development workshops, youth after-school programs, independent film screenings, monthly networking mixers & special film-related events. Through her work with SWAMP, Mower started “Lights! Camera! Action! Summer Moviemaking Camp” for teens and the annual Business of Film Conference with takes place annually at Rice University.
Mower will continue her creative efforts by turning 14-year old Imagination Worldwide into the premier development, production, sales & distribution company for engaging, compelling, female-driven narratives.
Lawrence Goebel has been with the company since its inception in August 2003. Mr. Goebel’s responsibilities at Imagination include directly handling all sales, licensing, distribution, marketing and technical servicing of Imagination’s produced and acquired content on a worldwide basis including feature films, television and web series. Mr. Goebel has over forty years of sales and distribution experience with various companies. He has sold over five hundred titles to various US and international distributors and networks during his lengthy career. From April 2001 to July 2003, Mr. Goebel was head of his own film distribution and production financing consulting firm. Mr. Goebel has served as executive producer on ten feature films in his career, including award winning family films like MY DOG’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE and CUPID DOG. Mr. Goebel is a five-time elected member of the Board of Directors of the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA). He is a former member of several IFTA committees including the Copyright and Film Security Committee, the Fact Book Committee, the In-Reach Committee and the Market Advisory Committee. He has been a guest lecturer/panelist for numerous film marketing and distribution classes at UCLA, Pasadena Art Center College of Design as well as Florida Metropolitan University (Melbourne, FL) and has been a panelist at film production and distribution seminars for Telefilm Canada, the Producers Guild of America and the Southwest Alternate Media Project. He regularly attends numerous annual major international sales markets including the American Film Market, the Cannes Film Festival, the European Film Market, MIP-TV and MIPCOM. Mr. Goebel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.