Meet the Team

Meet the people heading up our dynamic, hard-working teams…

Peter Lamberti

Peter Lamberti

Founder & CEO

Founder and CEO of both Lion Mountain Media and Aquavision TV Productions, Peter leads his team with skill and enthusiasm in their endless pursuit of new stories, ideas, business opportunities and partnerships. Peter’s vision and creative drive is the foundation on which the success of both companies rests.

Helen Young

Helen Young

Senior Producer

With an Honours degree in Environmental Sciences and a decade of field guide experience, Helen entered into the Wildlife film industry as a producer for 50/50. In 2017 Helen joined Lion Mountain Media and has since gone on to produce a string of successful shows which have featured on National Geographic and SABC. 

Christo Ras

Christo Ras

Head Librarian/Library Manager

Christo’s career in the Library & Information field dates back to 1995. For 7 years he was Senior Reference Librarian at South Africa’s sixth-largest public library, before joining Aquavision in 2008 as the Library Services Manager. Christo’s experience of more than 18 years is invaluable in his performing the responsibilities that his position requires. He is responsible for the daily running of the footage and stills libraries, as well as the management of its staff

Maria Valente

Maria Valente

Chief Financial Officer

With over 30 years of experience in finance, Maria is responsible for the finance and administration activities for both Aquavision TV Productions and Lion Mountain Media. Maria manages all the financial aspects of both companies, including payroll administration. Prior to joining the team, Maria was employed by Aster International in South Africa.

Este Nortje

Este Nortje

Head of Production

Este has been with Lion Mountain Media for over 20 years and has been an integral part of our companies success. As Head of Production Este overseas all aspects of pre and post production at Lion Mountain Media. With over 200 credits under her belt she is one of the Wildlife Film Industries most sought after editors and producers. 

Gary Lamberti

Gary Lamberti

Senior Editor

Gary joined Lion Mountain Media in 2006 and has worked as the senior editor on several major productions for broadcasters such as National geographic, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

Christie Wooding

Christie Wooding

Head of Production Management

With a Bachelors degree in Drama, Film and video – Christie joined Lion Mountain Media in 2013. As Head of Production Management she is in charge of managing film productions from start to finish. Since working at Lion Mountain Television Christie has worked on several major productions for broadcasters such as Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic and Animal Planet.

Julia Heywood

Julia Heywood

Head of Development

Julia joined our company in 2015, with a Masters Degree in Film and Television she heads up content development at Lion Mountain Media and assists with the sales and pitching of new productions to potential broadcasters across the globe.