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.


Bastian Schöttner

Junior Producer, TM Studios Germany
Phone+49 89 206035 500

As Junior Producer, Bastian is driven by his creativity, his curiosity, and his ambition. He always brings his positive attitude, his “can do” mindset and his determination to the table.

After joining the Terra Mater Family in 2019 as part of the Features & Special Project Department, he went back to Germany where he gained further experience in documentary production as well as in German children’s television. In 2022, he made his way back to Terra Mater, being the first employee of the newly founded Terra Mater Studios Germany.

If not at work you will find him in a cinema, theatre, at a concert or making bad jokes.

Sven Westphal

Director Co-Productions & Portfolio Management TMS, Managing Director TM Studios Germany
Phone+49 89 206035 500

Sven loves the international side of business. Working closely with the Head of Specialist Factual he manages the co-productions between TMS and the growing number of co-producing partners. In his role, Sven often is the binding link between all parties and departments, striving for the completion of a programme. His persistence and diplomatic sense, combined with his wit and charm, have many times helped to solve challenging situations.

Before joining TMS in July 2013, Sven worked at Red Bull Media House’ Commercial Distribution Team as Sales Manager. Prior to this, he held positions as Sales Manager and Sales Executive at Autentic and BBC Worldwide. At ZDF Enterprises Sven managed intl. co-productions.
During his 2 years in London, he gained valuable knowledge working for e.g. Discovery Networks and a film funding company.
Having completed his Master at filmschool, a scholarship enabled Sven to work for Universal International Television and Universal Pictures in L.A.

In October 2021, Sven became Managing Director at the newly founded subsidiary Terra Mater Studios Germany. He intensifies the relationships with local media partners while continuously driving international collaborations.