Movie Distributor Koch Media Hires Buyer for Northern Europe

Lawrence Sher
"Wish I Was Here"

The company, which will roll out Zach Braff’s Kickstarter-funded "Wish I Was Here" in 2014, appoints Martina Ternstrom to head its Euro ambitions.

LONDON -- Germany's Koch Media, which also operates from offices in the U.K., has hired Martina Ternstrom to head up acquisitions for Northern Europe.

Ternstrom, a former Revolver, Metrodome and Magnolia Pictures executive and familiar face on the festival scene, will be tasked with buying for the company's U.K., Nordics/Scandinavia and Benelux divisions.

Sweden-born Ternstrom has worked across multiple territories, including the U.S., Australia, Sweden and the U.K., and was most recently consulting for Icon Distribution U.K., Australian distributor Umbrella Entertainment and Swedish production company Anagram.

Ternstrom said: "I have seen Koch's U.K. film division grow rapidly over the past 18 months and feel this year will be pivotal in both the successful distribution of current product and acquisition of quality, new films that will push the company to the next level."

She noted that she thinks there is a gap in the market for "a growing independent distributor" and mused her move to Koch reflects that.

Koch Media managing director, Northern Europe Craig McNicol said: "Martina's experience and ethos matches our ambitious plans as a pan-European company, and we are excited about what she will bring to the business."

Koch's raft of recent acquisitions set for a 2014 rollout include Zach Braff's Kickstarter-funded Wish I Was Here, Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike adventure comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness and zombie comedy Life After Beth.

Looking ahead to 2015, Koch has secured a multiterritory deal for comedy Bill, the story of hopeless lute player William 'Bill' Shakespeare in the years before he became famous.

The film stars the BAFTA Award-winning cast of BBC TV's Horrible Histories and will be released February 2015.