Terra Mater Factual Studios
Martina joined Terra Mater Factual Studios in January 2014 after gaining several years of experience at two Vienna-based law firms, focusing predominantly on corporate and copyright law.
As a member of Terra Mater’s legal team she handles a broad range of legal issues that arise during the production process – from the drafting and negotiating of production contracts, giving legal advice during the production phase, to managing legal aspects of the distribution of Terra Mater’s content.
Martina is very straightforward and solution-oriented, always focusing on the optimal combination of both, the legal and business point of view.
Paying attention to details as well as looking at the bigger picture – as a passionate painter, Christian brings both qualities to the table as part of our legal team at TMFS.
Christian started his career in media early on in the Marketing and Distribution Department of Sony Pictures (formerly Columbia TriStar). After several years working for the Austrian Ministry of Justice on EU-Twinning Projects on the Eastern Balkans and Jordan, Christian was drawn back to film. He took over the position as Head of Legal at the Austrian Television Fund, being responsible for numerous international TV projects as well as the adaptation of the Fund’s regulations according to the actual needs of the industry. Deepening his knowledge on all legal aspects of filmmaking, he wrote his doctoral thesis on “Aspects of Copyright and Competition Law in Film Production and Distribution“, making Christian an even more valuable legal counsel for Terra Mater Factual Studios.
From November 2017 until April 2019, when his colleague Maria Rieder was on maternity leave, he took over the lead of Terra Mater Factual Studios’ Legal Department.
Giving legal advice in order to enable fair solutions and enriching collaborations is Arlette’s ambition at all legal issues raised at Terra Mater Factual Studios. Therefore, “Yes, we can!“ is her motto at work.
Before joining TMFS as Legal Manager, Arlette worked at the rights management department of ORF, Austria’s public service broadcaster, as well as at SWR, member of Germany’s public service broadcaster ARD, and its subsidary SWR Media Services GmbH. For nearly a decade she was busy drafting all kinds of radio and film production contracts as well as SWR’s content sales agreements.
In November 2017, Arlette took the chance to join TMFS’ legal department as she loves working on an international level and always aspired to work for a film production company.
Arlette graduated in law in Heidelberg, Germany, and completed her legal internship in Heilbronn, Stuttgart and Baden-Baden.
Maria-Christine Rieder (née Gatterer)
Creativity and accuracy: for Maria the two are not mutually exclusive. As Head of Legal at Terra Mater Factual Studios she is dealing with all kind of legal issues raised during development, production and distribution of all formats, TV documentaries and feature films.
Before joining TMFS, Maria headed the legal and business affairs division of Content Sales International at ORF-Enterprise, a subsidiary of ORF, the Austrian public service broadcaster. Managing the exploitation ORF content as well as third-party content she handled all kinds of agreements. Prior to that she worked in a copyright law office in Munich, while a variety of projects have taken her from New York to Moscow.