Forrest Capital Management

Structured Media Finance


Directors and Advisers

  • Leslie Forrest Sheldon
  • Leslie Sheldon Formerly of the BBC, Leslie started his career as an actor before moving behind the camera, producing television commercials and later pop music promotional videos. After leaving the BBC, Leslie created one of the most successful PR companies in London and advised/helped the government of Malta to bring film and television production to the island; over 100 films have since been made in Malta. He was part of the team to launch Channel 4 and the Mail on Sunday newspaper in the UK. Latterly, Leslie has been responsible for creating Forrest Capital Management, and negotiating a deal flow of feature film productions
  • Donal Bailey
    Donal Bailey Donal has a long and successful track record in portfolio management and management consultancy. He advises Forrest Equity Management (FEM) on a diverse portfolio of investment that includes: media, IT, banking, energy and human resources. FEM currently has $50 million under management. At present, Donal is focused on advising FEM on its investment in Forrest Capital Management, with the emphasis on structured finance for film and television production.
  • Tim Smith
    Tim has 20 years experience in the marketing, finance and production of filmed entertainment. Formerly of 20th Century Fox, Tim set up and managed Foresight, one of the most successful entertainment agencies in Europe during the 1990’s, representing Walt Disney’s Buena Vista, Warner Brothers and PolyGram. Tim sold Foresight to South Africa’s Primedia Group, established Prescience Films in 2005 and became CEO.
  • James Swarbrick
  • Formerly with City stockbroker Teather & Greenwood before moving to Smith & Williamson Investment Management in December 2004, James has raised, structured and managed funds for over 30 productions including, Ladies in Lavender, Green Street and Irresistible. In addition, James has raised funds for a number of AIM, private equity, EIS and VCT transactions in a range of industry sectors including retail, leisure, media, insurance and technology.
  • Paul Brett
  • For three years, Paul developed and implemented the UK exhibition and distribution strategy at the British Film Institute/UK Film Council; he was responsible for the BFI’s relationship with exhibitors throughout the UK. Formerly Paul was VP of European Marketing at Miramax, as well as Pathe/Guild, VCI and CIC (a joint venture between Paramount and Universal). Paul is director of Prescience and has 28 years of experience including TEN (Pay TV) – The Movie Channel.
  • Graeme Law
  • Graeme trained with Ernst & Young, and has held senior finance roles with blue chip media and entertainment companies, including HMV, ITV, Live Nation and Channel 5 where he was Financial Controller. More recently, Graeme was Finance Director for DreamWorks Home Entertainment International and Senior Vice President of Paramount Home Entertainment.