Paul Wiegard

Co-founder | Madman

Paul Wiegard


Paul Wiegard co-founded Madman Entertainment in 1996, a leading independent distribution and rights management company for feature film with offices in Melbourne, Auckland & Berlin.

Films distributed by Madman include over 100 Academy Award® nominees and winners. Headlined by 2020’s historic Best Picture win for Parasite; over 35 documentary nominees and Best Documentary Feature wins for Searching For Sugarman, Man On Wire, Free Solo, Citizenfour and The Cove ; over 20 nominations for Best International Film including The Quiet Girl, Flee, Capernaum, Toni Erdmann, The Hunt, A Royal Affair, Departures, The Counterfeiters; and Best Animated Feature winners Spirited Away, Loving Vincent and Howl’s Moving Castle.

On the home front Madman has distributed over 20 AACTA (The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards) nominated films for Best Feature Film including Nitram, High Ground, Jasper Jones, Snowtown, The Hunter, Animal Kingdom, Noise and Kenny; and Best Documentary Film winners including Gurrumul, The Australian Dream, That Sugar Film, Mountain and River. Madman has distributed a number of New Zealand films that rank amongst the highest grossing local films of all time including Hunt For The Wilderpeople, What We Do In The Shadows, The Breaker Upperers, Savage recently adding classics Siones Wedding and Whale Rider to the catalogue.

Paul has executive produced 40+ feature and documentary films. Established streaming VOD platform DocPlay, a dedicated documentary. Graduate of the AFTRS Master of Screen Art and Business.

Currently, President – Australian Independent Distributors Association (AIDA), Board Member of Screenrights, Australian Centre of The Moving Image (ACMI) and Co-Chair of Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC).

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