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The People Behind the Company


James R H Lingwood Managing Partner, Producer, Director

Over the past 25 years, James Lingwood has produced and directed over 200 hours of international film & television programs across the globe. He has worked with high profile actors such as Jackie Chan and Geoffrey Rush and has received over sixty film & television awards for his outstanding work in the film & television industries, with the result that he has been invited to become a Member of the select & prestigious International Quorum of Motion Picture Producers, USA.

IQ's membership consists of over 80 of the world's most awarded (members have received numerous awards including three Oscars and a Palme d'Or) Hollywood & European film and television producer/directors in over 45 countries. It is strictly an invitation only organization and a Member can only be selected on the recommendation of another member, and the quality and scope of his/her body of work.

James is also a Member of the Australian Directors Guild and an Executive Member of the National Chinese Documentary Film Academy.


Shekar Mani Managing Partner

Shekar is an experienced business professional with extensive experience across Asia-Pacific. Having completed his management degree, Shekar joined the Taj Group of Hotels in India and was involved in the launch of world-class luxury hotels. He later left for Australia to work for KFC. In the mid-nineties, he was hand-picked to head the re-launch of Coca-Cola in South Asia. His last assignment was Senior Vice-President at IL&FS Engineering Services. Shekar's understanding of cross-cultural issues has been instrumental in being included in most Australian Prime Ministerial delegations and he is well regarded in the Asia-Pacific business circles.


Richard Stewart Executive Producer

Richard Stewart has a film career spanning some 30 years. His recent history includes:

Appointed first Executive Director of the State of Queensland Film Commission now known as Screen Queensland. Achievements include introducing, the Queensland New Filmmakers Awards, the Brisbane International Film Festival, the Revolving Film Financing Fund and the Pacific Film and Television Commission.

Richard was the first Director from the Asia Pacific region of the Association of Film Commissions International (AFCI) the controlling body of Film Commissions. He left Australia to become Chief Executive of the New Zealand Film Commission This agency is dedicated to the development, production and distribution of quality New Zealand Films. Upon returning to Australia he established the film and television production company Stewart and Wall Entertainment with fellow producer Penny Wall. He is also now Chief Executive of the newly formed company MFP Media Management.

Richard has also been a teaching fellow at Bond University and the Queensland University of Technology in Australia lecturing in film finance, distribution and marketing. He is a Board member of QPIX and is Co-Chair of the Queensland Screen Industry Council.

Recent producer and executive credits include:
Features: Bait, Acolytes, Malibu Shark, Beauty and the Beast, Exposure, Ozzie, The Vector File
MOW: Shadows of Paradise, No One Can Hear you
TV Series : K9, The Shapies, Planet Rescue Rangers
Doc: The Tragedy of the Montevideo Maru


Ashmita Ray CEO

Ashmita Ray is an entrepreneur in the executive search and human resource consulting business. Having worked for several years as a researcher in TNS Mode, India's leading market research agency and as a management consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers, she set up IQ Group, a boutique search firm in 1993. The firm specializes in the search of senior professionals in the banking, financial services, media and hospitality sectors. Ashmita has been instrumental in developing and growing the business successfully through her strong networking skills, leadership qualities and people management skills. She effectively manages a team of proactive and dynamic consultants. Through IQ Group, Ashmita has done considerable work in the corporate social responsibility area, including recruiting professionals for NGOs.

Ashmita has been a part of the core team of the organizing committee of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. This is a one of its kind festival in South East Asia which showcases diverse cultural art forms presented by national and international artists.