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Paul Wiegard (virtual)
Co-Founder Madman Entertainment
B.Sc & Arts (Melb Uni), M.SAB ( AFTRS ) Co-Founder of Madman Entertainment ( Est 1996 ) a leading independent film distribution and rights management company, with offices in Australia and New Zealand. Home to more than 80 employees across all divisions, including theatrical sales, marketing, publicity, digital aggregation and agency distribution. Madman has investment shareholdings in local production companies and renowned for its commitment to quality Australian, foreign film and feature documentary content. Paul has Executive Producer credits on more than 20 feature and documentary films. Over the past decade has distributed more than 15 Oscar nominated feature documentaries. On December 1, 2016 launched DocPlay, a specialised streaming service dedicated to curating a collection of the world’s best documentary content. Currently, President – Australian Independent Distributors Association (AIDA), Board Member of AHEDA, Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) and Australian Centre of The Moving Image (ACMI). Australian & NZ films distributed by Madman include: Animal Kingdom, Kenny, Snowtown, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, The Australian Dream, 2040, Gurrumul, What We Do In The Shadows, That Sugar Film, Ali’s Wedding, Hearts & Bones, Mystify. Upcoming Australian & NZ films include: High Ground, Girl’s Cant Surf, Blind Ambition