Terra Mater Studios

Michael Frenschkowski

Head of Features & Special Projects TMS, Managing Director TM Studios Germany
Phone+43 1 87003 27638

From manufacturing screws, nuts, bolts and bicycle parts in rural German Sauerland to working in a cabaret and variety theater, Michael finally found a path to his real vocation in the glorious world of film.
During his Berlin-years, he was co-founder, shareholder and General Manager of three German production companies. Michael benefits from 23 years of experience, filming in more than 18 countries around the world, producing and line producing numerous German & international feature films/TV productions.

In 2012, he entered the world of Terra Mater Studios and inhabited that world for 4 years, where he helped in producing the feature films ‘Brothers of the Wind’, ‘MindGamers’ and ‘The Ivory Game’.
For whatever reason, he thought it was better to return to Berlin. Whilst there, he serviced the feature film ‘Suspiria’ and worked on other projects. In the early dawn of 2018, he realized that his heart only beats for TMS and Michael was allowed back, despite being known for a very dubious sense of German humor.

In 2016, Michael was selected to participate in the well renowned, international industry program, Inside Pictures, where he is now a very happy alumni. Michael is also member of the European Film Academy and the Austrian Film Academy.

In October 2021 Michael became Managing Director at the newly founded subsidiary Terra Mater Studios Germany.

 

Nina Holler (ON MATERNITY LEAVE)

Sustainability Manager & Production Coordinator, Features & Special Projects
Phone+43-1-87003-27652

While on maternity leave, please direct your e-mails to features@terramater.com

In 2017 Nina started as Office Assistant at Terra Mater Studios, only half a year later she joined the Features & Special Projects Department to take on some more challenges. There, she is providing support to the production team from Feature Doc to Giant Screen and Special Projects – Nina completes every task very diligently and with a lot of angelic patience for her colleagues. She keeps track of little details and loves to be organized.

Furthermore, she recently took on the responsibility as Sustainability Manager, to start the process of making TMS a sustainable and green production company.

Before joining TMS, Nina finished her M.A. Degree in Theatre-, Film- and Media Studies in Vienna, Helsinki and Amsterdam and also attended “Die Graphische“, the Austrian Federal Education and Research Institute for Graphics, so she can easily combine theory with creativity. In her spare time, she loves to get out into nature with her dog and spend time with family.

 

Wolfgang Knöpfler

Executive Producer, Features & Special Projects
Phone+43-1-87003-27628

Wolfgang joined Terra Mater Studios in 2013 and since then he played an important part in producing several award-winning natural history documentaries. Among others he produced the Oscar-shortlisted feature documentary “The Ivory Game” and the Sundance Audience Award-winner “Sea of Shadows”.
Before joining TMS, he was a key member on many projects for international broadcasters like the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, WNET, ORF-UNIVERSUM, France5, ZDF, NDR etc.

His experience in film making not only covers documentaries: he also produced video clips for Queen, Falco etc. and worked on TV-Series like “Inspector Rex” and feature films like “Funny Games” by Michael Haneke.
Wolfgang brings his flair and creativity to his work. He is able to advise and recommend on every aspect of production: be it complex post production routes, or moving a film crew through some of the remotest and toughest places on Earth.

Markus Mooslechner - Executive Producer, Program Development

Markus Mooslechner

Executive Producer, Features & Special Projects
Phone+43-1-87003-27645

Markus works as an Executive Producer at Terra Mater Studios where he focuses on the development of new television formats.

Before joining TMS, Markus worked as a chief editor and presenter of the television science program “Newton”, at the Austrian Public Broadcaster ORF. Prior to that, Markus worked as live reporter and editor for several editorial offices such as the daily news program at the ORF among others. Markus started his career as a journalist as a radio editor and news presenter in Salzburg.

He has a university degree (University Graz (A) / Williams College (USA)) and a deep interest and fascination in all things science. Markus considers his live attendance at the 2008 CERN LHC particle collider activation as one of his all time favorite and moving experiences. When Markus is not being moved by particle physics and not working on the development of new television formats, he passes his time with his family, exercises for the Großglockner mountain run, produces digital works of scientific art and ponders on possibilities on how he could sometime squash the Dive Master qualification in between.

Sarah Nörenberg

Producer, Director, Features & Special Projects
Phone +43-1-87003-27625

Sarah balances ambition, determination and efficiency with her creativity and enthusiasm for engaging content. She tackles problems with her lateral thinking and enjoys coming up with innovative solutions.

Before she joined Terra Mater Studios, Sarah worked her way up freelancing and self-taught. Wrapping shoots from Alaska to Namibia as Field Producer, Production Manager and Producer for various documentary films, TV-Drama and feature films. Wanting to realize projects with an impact led her to join Terra Mater Studios as a producer for non-scripted and scripted content in October 2017. Sarah made her directorial debut with the feature doc BLACK AND WHITE GOLD (coming end of 2022).

Sarah’s professional career also includes lecturing on film production at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences.