Stephen Manuel  studied directing at the Film Academy Baden -Württemberg before he got "discovered" by German late night talk show host "Harald Schmidt" as a director for his show. Round about 100 short parody and comedy sketches later, he started directing commercials and action TV series. 
For commercials he specializes in celebrity, comedy and storytelling work. As a result of his experience in movies he developed a sharp ear for dialogue and timing. 
On movies and TV series, he has worked mainly in the action, thriller, comedy and Sci-Fi genres with stars like Billy Zane, Corey Feldman, Stephen Baldwin and Wotan Wilke-Möhring. 

Stephen Manuel was born in Dublin/Ireland but raised bilingually in Germany and lives in Cologne.

Penny, Almdudler, Nestlé, Nescafe, Haribo, Homann, Post Austria, Apollo Optik, Orange, Teekanne, Intersport, Herold, Fressnapf, West, 11880, Deichmann, BIPA, Müller, S.Oliver, Hexal, Procter&Gamble, Volksbank, Karstadt, T-Online, Burger King, Swisscom.

Luke, die Woche und ich (Brainpool)
SPOONS (Endemol Shine)
WAS GUCKST DU? (Brainpool)
ALARM FÜR COBRA 11 (Action Concept)
DER CLOWN (Action Concept)
LEXX - The Dark Zone (Salter Street Films)

IRON DOORS 3D (Axel Wedekind)
SHOOT THE DUKE (Stephen Baldwin, Bettina Zimmermann)
PERFECT HIDEOUT (Billy Zane, Christian Solimeno)
FATAL RESCUE (Steve Guttenberg)
LUCKY FRITZ (Corey Feldman)
AMUNDSEN DER PINGUIN (ARD, Claude Oliver Rudolph, Till Lindemann)
DER LETZTE LUDE (Lotto King Karl, Tobias Schenke, Alexandra Neldel)
DIE GROSSSTADTSHERIFFS (RTL, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Tyron Ricketts, Xenia Seeberg) 


2012  "BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY" for Iron Doors 3D, Ècu European Independent Film Festival (PARIS)

2011  "BEST ACTOR" for Iron Doors 3D lead actor Axel Wedekind, Fantasporto Festival International Do Cinema Do Porto

2010  "BEST 3D MOVIE" for Iron Doors 3D, 3D Film festival Los Angeles

2010  "WHITE LADY AWARD" for Iron Doors 3D, Haapsalu Fantastic Film fest

2005 "BESTE COMEDY SERIE" - Axel will´s wisen (nominiert), Der Deutsche Comedy Preis

1995 –  1999
Filmakademie Baden-WürttembergLudwigsburg, Germany - Diploma Directing: Spielfilm (Movies)



English (Native), German (Native)