People

Buddy is filmmakers Paul Gowers & Jim North and their creative buddies.

Paul Gowers

Creative Director, Writer and Director

Hello, I’m the founder of Buddy and its creative director. 

I also direct the majority of our films.  

I’ve made branded content and commercials for brands such as Google, the Co-op, Barclays, Ford, Cancer Research UK and TUI.

I’ve also directed primetime factual TV, comedy drama and four award winning short films including the BAFTA long listed Waiting for Conkers and Ripple, winner of 11 International awards.

I’ve helped countries, cities and sporting bodies to win some major prizes. I was a creative director on London’s 2012 Olympic bid, England's 2018 World Cup bid and a consultant on the winning Tokyo 2020 and Paris 2024 Olympic bids.

Prior to Buddy, I was a creative director at global agency Imagination and the founder & creative director of Wilder. It's here I started my writing partnership with Jim. Our films have won more than 40 international awards, including 6 for best direction. 

View my current showreel

Jim North

Writer and Actor

Hello. I’m Paul’s writing partner. Together we aim to make films that deliver their message in an entertaining way through good storytelling.

Before I met Paul I was a comedian, nominated for a Perrier award at the Edinburgh Festival and tipped by some newspapers to be an international superstar before the decade was out. Strangely that didn’t quite come off but I did write numerous series for Radio 4, jokes for various topical TV shows and some episodes of the Montreaux award winning adult puppet show, Fur TV.

I first collaborated with Paul at Imagination, then at Wilder and now at Buddy. We’ve worked together on a wide range of films, some for brands, some not. A lot of which have scooped up awards along the way. But I’m sure he’s told you about that already.

Away from Buddy I spend most of my time in a voiceover booth either trying to coax you into buying products you didn’t realise were essential for true happiness or screaming excitedly as foolhardy people attempt the world’s toughest obstacle course only to fall in the water.