London-born Arnold Schwartzman is an Oscar-winning filmmaker and noted graphic designer. He began his career in British network television, moving on to become an advertising art director. In 1978, he became the Design Director for Saul Bass and Associates, Los Angeles. He is the producer, director and screenwriter of a number of films including his Academy Award winning documentary feature film Genocide (1981); Building a Dream, The Story of the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games, (1989); Echoes That Remain (1991) which received the 1992 Houston International Film Festival Gold Special Jury Award; and Liberation (1994) which received a Royal premiere in London.
In 1982 he was appointed the Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. For a number of years he was the designer of a number of key graphic elements for the Annual Academy Awards, including the commemorative posters, as well as producing the Academy’s theatrical trailers. He is the author of a score of books including Flicks: How The Movies Began (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2001). Arnold has won an Oscar and other film awards, as well as a number of International design awards He was elected to the Alliance Graphique Internationale in 1974.
He is a Governor and past Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles, a long standing member of and past Chairman of the Documentary Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. As Chairman he was instrumental in the CREATION of the Academy’s Documentary Branch.
In 2002, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elisabeth, for services to the British film industry in the USA. In 2006 he was conferred the distinction of Royal Designer (RDI).