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”.
Mervyn knew from the moment he left school that he wanted to be involved in music. At college he became a recognised name in the DJ fraternity then went to work for a chain of record shops, selling the music he loved. He was soon recruited by Blues & Soul magazine, and in 1986 was snapped up by Virgin Records and has been a music executive ever since.
During a successful career spanning over 32 years, Mervyn ran Sleeping Bag Records in Europe, then became general manager at Motown International before joining the international music company BMG. He stayed with BMG when they were sold to the Sony Corporation and has only recently left Sony Music after 18 years, having served in a number of senior roles including Vice-president Global Marketing (Europe), Vice-president Marketing and Vice-president Strategic Partnerships.
He is now Managing Director of a strategic partnership agency that works with many of the world’s leading brands and agencies who are keen to promote themselves in the world of Music & Sport.
“I grew up with 3 older brothers. My parents separated when I was just 10 and we were directed and empowered by our father, a determined man who believed success was due to hard work. Back in the early 70’s failure wasn’t an option and as my father had to worked his way up from sweeping London Underground station platforms, he made sure we were educationally armed to be not just good enough for whatever path we chose, he made sure we were better than that and getting help along the way was a bonus not an entitlement”
Donal MacIntyre is a journalist, Broadcaster, Criminologist, and Europe’s best-known investigative reporter, specialising in undercover operations and television exposés from all over the world. He has worked for all the UK broadcasters, most famously for ITV and the BBC where his unique approach has won him many awards for his outstanding and often dangerous work.
A visiting Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University, Donal is also the International Crime Writer for the Sunday World newspaper.
“I’m delighted to have been asked to be a Trustee for the AP Foundation. I believe the approach of the foundation and the work it is doing will make a significant positive impact towards stopping knife crime and steering young people away from gangs and a life of violence. This is a much needed initiative bringing together people, organisations and businesses to provide the vehicle for change.”