Veteran Film Player Sandy Lieberson Named CBE By British Government

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The former Fox and MGM high flier picks up his medal from U.K. culture minister Ed Vaizey for services to the film industry.

LONDON – U.S.-born film industry veteran Sanford "Sandy" Lieberson was presented with an honorary CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by culture minister Ed Vaizey in recognition of his services to the film industry Monday.

Lieberson started out as an agent to Sergio Leone, Peter Sellers, Richard Harris and The Rolling Stones in the 1960s, before going on to produce movies including Performance (1970), Stardust (1974) and Mahler (1974).

His resume also boasts stints as president of production at 20th Century Fox in the U.K., president of MGM International and head of the producing department at the National Film and Television School.

He was appointed inaugural chair of Film London's board of directors in 2003 and for eight years helped to shape and drive forward the body charged with representing and developing the film industry in the U.K. capital.

He also helped set up the Microwave Film Fund and the Artists Moving Image Network.

Vaizey said: "His [Lieberson] practical hands-on involvement in Film London played a key role in helping to shape and drive the organisation, establishing it as far more than a regional agency. Through this work he has helped to cement London’s status as one of the film capitals of the world."

Said Lieberson: "London is home to the most vibrant and innovative film and media industry and it has given me great satisfaction to be part of it for most of my professional life."