Martin is the fourth generation of his family to enter the movie business, his great grandfather and grandfather having owned cinemas across London in the twentieth century. Martin is an accomplished professional with broad experience of the film and video business in both corporate and independent sectors. He has substantial experience of taking a product from concept/script to completion with sales and marketing expertise.
Following early roles in distribution, sales and marketing for CIC and UIP, Martin became Sales and Marketing Director of Miracle Films and later took on the same role (along with responsibility for acquisition) at Vestron Pictures where he released Princess Bride, Buster and Dirty Dancing. He was subsequently appointed Theatrical Director of First Independent Films Limited, where he oversaw acquisitions and release.
In 1999 he set up the distribution and sales company Miracle Communications. He now consults for various theatrical and dvd companies, as well as producers and directors in the planning and releasing of their product into the UK theatrical market. Martin also actively represents a number of UK companies exploiting their rights for Non Theatrical and TV sales. He also reads scripts for a number of producers who want a distributors point of view.
Recent theatrical releases Martin has worked on include NO, Gloria, Stranger By The Lake and Salvo. Previous works include Dirty Dancing, Misery, City Slickers, Dumb and Dumber, Young Guns and The Princess Bride.
“It’s important in today’s fast moving world to consider and think about those who are less fortunate, those who haven’t been given the chance or opportunity to better their lives. That’s why it’s important for me to give up my time, to give back and impart my life experiences and knowledge, to try and help people and to guide them on to a path for a better future”.
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