Lawrence Goebel: A Biography

Posted by on May 9, 2019 in News


Lawrence Goebel was president of Imagination Worldwide, LLC (Imagination) from its inception in August 2003 through mid June 2018. Imagination specializes in worldwide sales/licensing, distribution and marketing of feature-length motion pictures and television programming. It currently has an eclectic library of over forty films that includes titles ranging from the timely and relevant THE LIGHT OF THE MOON starring Stephanie Beatriz, the Audience Award winner at the 2017 SXSW Festival and the inspirational documentary GO FAR: THE CHRISTOPHER RUSH STORY to acclaimed dramatic thrillers like PAINT IT BLACK, Amber Tamblyn’s feature directorial debut starring Alia Shawkat, Janet McTeer and Alfred Molina to science fiction/ horror classics like THE HAMILTONS, SHALLOW GROUND and THE ZOMBIE DIARIES series. Mr. Goebel has served as executive producer on ten feature films in his career as well, including award winning family films like MY DOG’S CHRISTMAS MIRACLE and CUPID DOG.

Mr. Goebel’s responsibilities at Imagination included overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the company including sales, business/legal affairs, acquisitions and development, marketing, contract administration, accounting/cash flow management, technical servicing and personnel.

From April 2001 to July 2003, Mr. Goebel was head of his own film distribution and production financing consulting firm. Some of his clients included Lance Entertainment, Picture Perfect Entertainment, KCTS/Seattle, Ted Fox Productions, Snow Lion Productions and The Success Channel.

Mr. Goebel was executive vice-president of New Legend Media, Inc. (NLM), formerly Legend Entertainment LLC, from January 1999 through March 2001. Before that, he was the international sales advisor and administrative consultant to the company from September 1998 through December 1998. During this two and one-half year period, Mr. Goebel was instrumental in formulating NLM’s business plan and the financial structure of its feature-length motion picture production slate. In June 1999, Mr. Goebel began coordinating the legal and financial due diligence process that resulted in the April 2000 creation of NLM from the merger of Legend Entertainment LLC with ACC, a Munich-based film and television rights acquisition company. NLM produced two feature-length motion pictures including THE UNSAID, a $16 million psychological suspense thriller starring Andy Garcia, Teri Polo, Linda Cardellini and Vincent Kartheiser. He was actively involved in the negotiations with Universal Pictures, which released the film in the U.S. in May 2003. During this production’s eight-week financial closing period, Mr. Goebel coordinated the efforts of NLM’s attorneys and bankers with the completion bond company, insurance company, tax shelter and tax credit auditors for which he received co-executive producer credit on the film. NLM also produced the $8.5 million romantic comedy YOU STUPID MAN starring Milla Jovovich, David Krumholtz, Denise Richards and Billy Baldwin during this period. Additionally, Mr. Goebel’s daily responsibilities included overseeing and coordinating the international sales and license collection efforts of these two films by NLM’s outside sales agent.

Prior to September 1998, Mr. Goebel was president of Image Organization, Inc., a very successful Los Angeles-based sales company specializing in producing and distributing feature-length motion pictures for worldwide exploitation. The company had a library of over 120 films and represented thirty-five producers and/or production companies. He was elevated from executive vice-president in November 1992, a post he held since joining the company at its inception in January 1987. Mr. Goebel was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company including sales, business and legal affairs, marketing, cash flow management and relations with all international and domestic distributors. Additionally, he was the company’s liaison with various lending institutions, private investors and their respective legal representatives during numerous negotiations.

Mr. Goebel was executive producer of the 1998 psychological thriller TABLE FOR ONE (aka WICKED WAYS) starring Rebecca DeMornay and Michael Rooker. The Hollywood Reporter described the film, which screened at the Santa Barbara Film Festival in 1999, as “a refreshingly smart screenplay with solid direction and lively performances.” Image Organization enjoyed an especially successful production relationship with CBS Network. It produced or co-produced several films including DEADBOLT starring Adam Baldwin and Justine Bateman, DISTANT COUSINS starring Mel Harris, David Keith and Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and THE SECRETARY starring Sheila Kelley and Barry Bostwick. Mr. Goebel was in charge of the business and legal affairs relationship with CBS and received an associate producer credit on THE SECRETARY. All of these films aired during prime time movie slots on CBS. Additionally, he received associate producer credit on the psychological thriller SERIAL KILLER starring Kim Delaney and Tobin Bell (SAW).

Before joining Image Organization, Mr. Goebel was vice-president of international and ancillary sales for Film Ventures International from March 1981 through December 1986.

He began his career in January 1976 with Avco Embassy Pictures, was promoted to director of non-theatrical sales and eventually rose to director of pay television and home video by February 1981, where he was responsible for licensing films to Home Box Office, Showtime and The Movie Channel.

Mr. Goebel is a five-time elected member of the Board of Directors of the American Film Marketing Association (AFMA), now known as the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA). He is a former member of several AFMA/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 in 1972 followed by two years of post-graduate film production studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.