Team

Kilburn’s management team has extensive experience in building, acquiring, operating and growing highly profitable companies across a full spectrum of media and entertainment. 

Team

Kilburn’s management team has extensive experience in building, acquiring, operating and growing highly profitable companies across a full spectrum of media and entertainment. 

Mark Manuel, CEO, Partner

Mark Manuel founded Kilburn Media in 2010. Mark is a top tier Hollywood executive and financier and has guided Kilburn to its impressive growth trajectory and investment track record. Under Mark’s leadership, Kilburn has grown from a film production and finance company to a diversified entertainment platform company with rapidly growing, profitable divisions in live events, television, distribution, and select corporate acquisitions. Kilburn has also expanded into select international territories in its bid to grow its media and entertainment presence on a global basis. Previously, Mark was the Executive Vice President of Structured Finance and Corporate Strategy for Lionsgate Entertainment.

Mark has extensive studio-based corporate development and structured finance experience. He has partnered with select family offices, high net worth individuals, institutional investors, and foreign investors and governments in their desire to invest in the film and entertainment industry. He has been recognized as one of the industry’s top corporate strategy executives.

Prior to Lionsgate, Mark was an executive with Paramount Pictures’ International Television Group. Before joining the entertainment industry, Mark worked in the investment banking and consulting industries, covering the media and entertainment industry.

Mark Manuel

CEO, Partner

Mark Manuel founded Kilburn Media in 2010. Mark is a top tier Hollywood executive and financier and has guided Kilburn to its impressive growth trajectory and investment track record. Under Mark’s leadership, Kilburn has grown from a film production and finance company to a diversified entertainment platform company with rapidly growing, profitable divisions in live events, television, distribution, and select corporate acquisitions. Kilburn has also expanded into select international territories in its bid to grow its media and entertainment presence on a global basis. Previously, Mark was the Executive Vice President of Structured Finance and Corporate Strategy for Lionsgate Entertainment.

Mark has extensive studio-based corporate development and structured finance experience. He has partnered with select family offices, high net worth individuals, institutional investors, and foreign investors and governments in their desire to invest in the film and entertainment industry. He has been recognized as one of the industry’s top corporate strategy executives.

Prior to Lionsgate, Mark was an executive with Paramount Pictures’ International Television Group. Before joining the entertainment industry, Mark worked in the investment banking and consulting industries, covering the media and entertainment industry.

Ted O’Neal, Partner

Ted O’Neal is a founding partner of Kilburn Media and has, with Mark Manuel, helped foster its growth and establish its phenomenal track record. He is active with live events, feature films, project finance, and strategy. His recent projects include James Ponsoldt’s End of the Tour, Jon Favreau’s Chef, Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, as well as The Illusionists-Witness the Impossible, Circus 1903, Jurassic World: The Exhibition, and development of new projects.

Ted utilizes his production experience and strategic, legal, and financial expertise in capital placement and structured transactions to build long-term partnerships with Kilburn and private equity, family offices, and key partners. He serves and has served on the Boards of various funds, operating and real estate companies, and in various executive and strategic positions for private equity ownership groups.

Ted graduated from Princeton University with honors where he played golf and volleyball and won Ivy League Champions.

Ted O’Neal

Partner

Ted O’Neal is a founding partner of Kilburn Media and has, with Mark Manuel, helped foster its growth and establish its phenomenal track record. He is active with live events, feature films, project finance, and strategy. His recent projects include James Ponsoldt’s End of the Tour, Jon Favreau’s Chef, Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, as well as The Illusionists-Witness the Impossible, Circus 1903, Jurassic World: The Exhibition, and development of new projects.

Ted utilizes his production experience and strategic, legal, and financial expertise in capital placement and structured transactions to build long-term partnerships with Kilburn and private equity, family offices, and key partners. He serves and has served on the Boards of various funds, operating and real estate companies, and in various executive and strategic positions for private equity ownership groups.

Ted graduated from Princeton University with honors where he played golf and volleyball and won Ivy League Champions.

Michael Lambert, Partner

Michael Lambert is President of Lambert Media Group, an investment, holding, and management company with concentrations in broadcasting, cinema, technology, film and television production, and distribution. He is a founding partner of Kilburn Media, a film, television, live events production and financing company formed in 2010 with Mark Manuel and Ted O’Neal. Lambert is an owner and Board Member of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, a leading co-producer and co-financier of major motion pictures, having produced more than 80 films since its establishment in 1997, including, as co-productions with Warner Bros, The Matrix Trilogy, Oceans 11, 12 and 13, Sherlock Holmes, I Am Legend, Happy Feet, Dark Shadows, The Great Gatsby, The Equalizer, The Lego Movie, and the recently released American Sniper.

He is also a Founding Partner of Demarest Films, an independent film and television production and financing company formed in 2011, which has produced 20 films to date, many in partnership with Kilburn.

In 2009, Lambert and TowerBrook Capital acquired Rave Cinemas and additional theaters from National Amusements, forming the fifth-largest US circuit with 1,000 screens in 61 theaters across 20 states. The company was recently sold to Cinemark. Lambert continues serve on the Management Advisory Board of TowerBrook and is active in pursuing new investment opportunities.

Lambert has been an owner/operator of television stations in the US and Russia and was the founder of iBlast, a wireless digital network formed in partnership with Tribune, Gannett, Cox, Washington Post, New York Times and 20 of the nation’s other largest TV broadcasters in 1998. Lambert continues to be an active investor in several early stage media and technology companies.

Previously, Lambert was President, Domestic Television, at 20th Century Fox, responsible for TV production and distribution in the US, and Executive Vice President at HBO, responsible for the world-wide distribution of HBO film and TV, the formation of HBO Video, and the arranging of HBO co-productions. Earlier, he was President, Domestic Television, at Viacom, where he was responsible for US television distribution and new media, including the company’s early activities in cable television.

Michael Lambert

Partner

Michael Lambert is President of Lambert Media Group, an investment, holding and management company with concentrations in broadcasting, cinemas, technology, film and television production and distribution. He is a founding partner of Kilburn Media, a film, television, live events production and financing company formed in 2010 with Mark Manuel and Ted O’Neal. Lambert is an owner and Board Member of Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, a leading co-producer and co-financier of major motion pictures, having produced more than 80 films since its establishment in 1997 including, as co-productions with Warner Bros, The Matrix Trilogy, Oceans 11, 12 and 13, Sherlock Holmes, I Am Legend, Happy Feet, Dark Shadows, The Great Gatsby, The Equalizer, The Lego Movie, and the recently released American Sniper.

He is also a Founding Partner of Demarest Films, an independent film and television production and financing company formed in 2011, which has produced 20 films to date, many in partnership with Kilburn.

In 2009, Lambert and TowerBrook Capital, acquired Rave Cinemas and additional theaters from National Amusements, forming the fifth-largest US circuit with 1,000 screens in 61 theaters across 20 states. The company was recently sold to Cinemark. Lambert continues serve on the Management Advisory Board of TowerBrook and is active in pursuing new investment opportunities.

Lambert has been an owner/operator of television stations in the US and Russia and was the founder of iBlast, a wireless digital network formed in partnership with Tribune, Gannett, Cox, Washington Post, New York Times and 20 of the nation’s other largest TV broadcasters in 1998. Lambert continues to be an active investor in several early stage media and technology companies.

Previously, Lambert was President, Domestic Television, at 20th Century Fox, responsible for TV production and distribution in the US, and Executive Vice President at HBO, responsible for the world-wide distribution of HBO film and TV, the formation of HBO Video and the arranging of HBO co-productions. Earlier, he was President, Domestic Television, at Viacom, where he was responsible for US television distribution and new media, including the company’s early activities in cable television.

Simon Painter, Founder, The Works Entertainment

Simon Painter is a visionary creative producer and entrepreneur based in California. Originally from London, Simon started his career as a classical violinist but soon transitioned into producing and creating commercial theatre. During the last 10 years, Simon has been at the forefront of the live entertainment industry, having launched and managed major performance venues and conceived, created, and produced acclaimed productions such as Adrenaline and Le Noir. The first show he produced, Le Grand Cirque smashed box office records at the Sydney Opera House selling over 40,000 tickets in 10 days. 

In 2012, in collaboration with Tim Lawson, Simon created “The Illusionists” franchise, which has become the world’s biggest magic shows of all time, and has since expanded with the stunning sequels The Illusionists 2.0 and The Illusionists – Turn of the Century. Other sell out shows include Le Noir.

Simon Painter

Founder, The Works Entertainment

Simon Painter is a visionary creative producer and entrepreneur based in California. Originally from London, Simon started his career as a classical violinist but soon transitioned into producing and creating commercial theatre. During the last 10 years, Simon has been at the forefront of the live entertainment industry, having launched and managed major performance venues and conceived, created and produced acclaimed productions such as Adrenaline and Le Noir. The first show he produced, Le Grand Cirque smashed box office records at the Sydney Opera House selling over 40,000 tickets in 10 days. 

In 2012, in collaboration with Tim Lawson, Simon created “The Illusionists” franchise, which has become the world’s biggest magic shows of all time, and has since expanded with the stunning sequels The Illusionists 2.0 and The Illusionists – Turn of the Century. Other sell out shows include Le Noir.

Tim Lawson, Founder, The Works Entertainment

Tim Lawson is partner of The Works the CEO of TML Enterprises, servicing Australia and international territories with firstclass musicals and family entertainment. Theatrical credits include Sweet Charity, Buddy – The Musical, Jolson, Spirit of the Dance Oh! What A Night, Fiddler on the Roof starring TopolIt’s A Dad Thing!, Shout! The Musical, Jekyll and Hyde and The Rocky Horror Show narrated by Richard O’ Brien, the Helpmann Award winning and London Palladium production of A ChorusLine, the multimillion dollar production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and most recently a new production of Fiddler on the Roof with Anthony Warlow. 

Tim is currently touring The Wedding Singer through the UK and will shortly present new productions of Streetcar Named Desire and Guys And Dolls.

Tim Lawson

Founder, The Works Entertainment

Tim Lawson is partner of The Works the CEO of TML Enterprises, servicing Australia and international territories with firstclass musicals and family entertainment. Theatrical credits include Sweet Charity, Buddy – The Musical, Jolson, Spirit of the Dance Oh! What A Night, Fiddler on the Roof starring TopolIt’s A Dad Thing!, Shout! The Musical, Jekyll and Hyde and The Rocky Horror Show narrated by Richard O’ Brien, the Helpmann Award winning and London Palladium production of A ChorusLine, the multimillion dollar production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and most recently a new production of Fiddler on the Roof with Anthony Warlow. 

Tim is currently touring The Wedding Singer through the UK and will shortly present new productions of Streetcar Named Desire and Guys And Dolls.

Brad Pelman, Managing Director – Canada

Brad Pelman has over 25 years experience in all aspects of program distribution – theatrical, home entertainment and television licensing. Having worked for both major studios and independent company structures, Pelman has a unique understanding of entrepreneurship and traditional corporate expectations. With Kilburn Media, Pelman runs The Fremantle Corporation, an international library management company, and licensor of broadcasting rights of over 3000 hours of film and television programming. 

Based in Toronto, Canada, Pelman uses his extensive network and experience to provide Kilburn and its related companies with content opportunities, from library acquisition, corporate acquisition, advisory and restructure services that parallel with Kilburn’s content and production strategy. Prior to joining Kilburn, Pelman was co-founder and co- president of Maple Pictures, then Canada’s third largest (by revenue and film release volume) distributor. Engineered as a management buy-out of the assets from Lionsgate’s Canadian operations in 2004, Maple Pictures stands as Pelman’s greatest working experience and working accomplishment.

Maple Pictures was a full service program distribution company. Maple managed a catalogue of over 5000 titles and conducted licensing agreements with theatres, home entertainment retailers, specialty and conventional broadcasters and digital outlets such as Apple and Netflix. Under Brad’s leadership, Maple achieved 4x growth from $20M+ in revenue to over $80M in 2011. Maple increased its program supply by 35%. Maple created additional library value through long-term acquisitions. Its employee base increased from 25 in 2004 to 43 in 2011. Maple opened every new channel of distribution as they evolved and modified rights agreements accordingly with suppliers. Maple Pictures was sold to Alliance Films for $38.5M CDN in 2011. 

Following that sale, Pelman consulted for entrepreneurs and established companies in various roles, providing services in strategy, sales and marketing.

Pelman is also on the board of directors of the National Screen Institute (NSI), dedicated to training the next generation of Canada’s content creators through practical real world placement and work place experience sharing initiatives. Well known and respected within the industry, Pelman has served on many advisory boards and is regularly called upon to share his experience with peers at conferences and festivals such as Banff Television Festival, Telefilm Canada Feature Film Advisory Board, Ontario Media Development Corp, Toronto Film Festival, Hot Docs and CMPA PrimeTime in Ottawa, Canada.

Brad Pelman

Managing Director – Canada

Brad Pelman has over 25 years experience in all aspects of program distribution – theatrical, home entertainment and television licensing. Having worked for both major studios and independent company structures, Pelman has a unique understanding of entrepreneurship and traditional corporate expectations. With Kilburn Media, Pelman runs The Fremantle Corporation, an international library management company and licensor of broadcasting rights of over 3000 hours of film and television programming. 

Based in Toronto, Canada, Pelman uses his extensive network and experience to provide Kilburn and its related companies with content opportunities, from library acquisition, corporate acquisition, advisory and restructure services that parallel with Kilburn’s content and production strategy. Prior to joining Kilburn, Pelman was co-founder and co- president of Maple Pictures, then Canada’s third largest (by revenue and film release volume) distributor. Engineered as a management buy-out of the assets from Lionsgate’s Canadian operations in 2004, Maple Pictures stands as Pelman’s greatest working experience and working accomplishment.

Maple Pictures was a full service program distribution company. Maple managed a catalogue of over 5000 titles and conducted licensing agreements with theatres, home entertainment retailers, specialty and conventional broadcasters and digital outlets such as Apple and Netflix. Under Brad’s leadership, Maple achieved 4x growth from $20M+ in revenue to over $80M in 2011. Maple increased its program supply by 35%. Maple created additional library value through long-term acquisitions. Its employee base increased from 25 in 2004 to 43 in 2011. Maple opened every new channel of distribution as they evolved and modified rights agreements accordingly with suppliers. Maple Pictures was sold to Alliance Films for $38.5M CDN in 2011. 

Following that sale, Pelman consulted for entrepreneurs and established companies in various roles, providing services in strategy, sales and marketing.

Pelman is also on the board of directors of the National Screen Institute (NSI), dedicated to training the next generation of Canada’s content creators through practical real world placement and work place experience sharing initiatives. Well known and respected within the industry, Pelman has served on many advisory boards and is regularly called upon to share his experience with peers at conferences and festivals such as Banff Television Festival, Telefilm Canada Feature Film Advisory Board, Ontario Media Development Corp, Toronto Film Festival, Hot Docs and CMPA PrimeTime in Ottawa, Canada.

Let’s build something

For the resources, insight, and opportunities to navigate                                           bold, new stories in entertainment, Kilburn Media is here.

Let’s build something

For the resources, insight, and opportunities to navigate  bold, new stories in entertainment, Kilburn Media is here.