Mandate Pictures, LLC
Company typeSubsidiary
IndustryMotion picture
Founded2001 (as Senator International)
FoundersJoseph Drake
Nathan Kahane
FateReorganized as Good Universe
SuccessorGood Universe
Key people
Joseph Drake
(Founder and CEO)
Nathan Kahane
Brian Goldsmith
OwnerLionsgate Entertainment
DivisionsGrindstone Entertainment Group

Mandate Pictures was a full-service film production company acquired by Lionsgate in 2007.


In 2005, Mandate Pictures was officially formed when the Los Angeles–based Senator International completed a management buyout from German indie giant Senator Entertainment AG.[1] Joe Drake, Brian Goldsmith and Nathan Kahane became the sole proprietors of Mandate Pictures.[2] At the time, the company was helmed by President Joe Drake, chief financial officer Brian Goldsmith, and Nathan Kahane as the company's President of Motion Pictures, overseeing the daily creative operations of the new company. Mandate Pictures independently produced and financed feature films by leveraging international sales, while seeking out domestic distributors on a film by film basis.[3]

On September 10, 2007, the partners sold Mandate Pictures to Lionsgate, and as part of that deal Kahane stayed on as President of Mandate Pictures while Mandate CEO Joe Drake became President of the Motion Picture Group and Co-Chief Operating Officer at Lionsgate.[4][5] After the acquisition, Mandate operated as an independent brand under Drake and Kahane, releasing commercial and independent films worldwide while retaining the creative autonomy and capital to finance, develop, package and produce theatrical films.[6][7]

In the spring of 2012, Drake and Kahane launched Good Universe, a new full-service motion picture financing, production and global sales company.[8] The launch comes as the collaborators transition out of Lionsgate, opening its doors fully staffed and with films from the development slate at predecessor company Mandate Pictures.[9] Good Universe will work with Lionsgate to complete a number of Mandate films and provide certain management and production services on a number of Mandate library properties.[8]


Senator International

Mandate Pictures




  1. ^ "Drake leads management buyout of Senator International". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  2. ^ "Senator Turns To Mandate". All Business. Mandate Pictures. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  3. ^ "Busy Mandate firms up exec ranks". Variety. 21 June 2005. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  4. ^ "Drake brings Mandate to Lionsgate". Variety. 10 October 2007. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  5. ^ "Drake's Mandate to Lionsgate". All Business. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  6. ^ "Lionsgate Acquires Independent Film Production and Distribution Company Mandate Pictures". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  7. ^ "Mandate Pictures". Archived from the original on 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  8. ^ a b "Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane launch Good Universe". The Wrap. May 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  9. ^ "Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane Starts New Film Label Good Universe". Deadline. May 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  10. ^ "Georgia Rock". IMDb.