Paul Wiegard (Australia)
Co-Founder & CEO
Madman Entertainment

Paul Wiegard is co-founder and CEO of Melbourne-based Madman Entertainment.

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. 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. Paul has executive produced 40+ feature and documentary films.  Established streaming VOD platform DocPlay, dedicated to 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 ). 

Company Bio

The Home of Remarkable Films in Australia & New Zealand. Madman Entertainment is an independent distributor with a focus on remarkable stories. We are proud to share films with audiences in Australia and New Zealand that transcend the screen; start conversations, encourage reflection and empower change. From documentaries that reflect on our national identity, to bold dramas that push the boundaries of cinema, or animated content at the bleeding edge of creativity, Madman represents content that connects with audiences well beyond the cinema or lounge room.