About Us

Metro International represents quality, commercial films for the global market. We specialise in prestige films for sophisticated audiences worldwide and also represent broad commercial thrillers and art-house films as well as theatrical “event” documentaries.

 

Through a combination of pre-sales and our financing partners, we work with producers to finance, package and distribute their films. We also offer additional bespoke production services through our partnerships and stakeholders.

Meet The Team
Will Machin
Partner / CEO

Prior to becoming a partner in Metro International Entertainment, Will was head of Ealing Metro International, created through a merger between Ealing Studios International and Metropolis Film Sales. Before the merger, he was Head of Distribution at Ealing Studios International (DORIAN GRAY, ST TRINIANS franchise) responsible for international distribution and day to day operations at the company.

He was previously head of the Capitol Films (GOSFORD PARK) specialist division, Thinkfilm International where he was responsible for a diverse slate of films from directors such as Nigel Cole and Alex de la Iglesia.Between 2003 and 2007, Will worked at UK production company, Carnaby Films PLC (RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER, LONG WEEKEND) where he launched the international sales arm, Carnaby International before taking on additional duties including financing, business affairs and overseeing production on all Carnaby titles.

Between 1999 and 2003, Will worked for Lolafilms (THE DANCER UPSTAIRS, JAMON JAMON), Spain’s leading film production, distribution and sales company, owned by multinational media and telecoms company Admira (formerly Telefonica Media). As Co-President of International Sales, he was responsible for world-wide sales and acquisitions as well as English language co-productions.

Having worked in Canada and the UK in production, Will began his career in film sales and distribution in 1996 as a sales executive at Capitol Films.


Natalie Brenner
Partner / Head of Sales

Natalie Brenner’s career in film started in 1987 working alongside the legendary PR Theo Cowan looking after UK stars that included Michael Caine and Jeremy Irons and handling press for a then newly created Channel 4.

 

In 1989 she joined J&M Entertainment and worked for almost a decade as a senior international sales and marketing exec working on a formidable slate of films from KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, to WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE? and with directors such as John Boorman, Paul Shrader, David Mamet and John Frankenheimer.

 

Between 1999 and 2002 she worked at IAC Film as senior VP (Sales) before being headhunted by Film Four International as Deputy Head of Films where she closed worldwide deals on Walter Salles’ THE MOTOR CYCLE DIARIES, Shane Meadows’ ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS, Gillian Armstrong’s CHARLOTTE GRAY and Jonathan Glazer’s SEXY BEAST.

 

Following the closure of Film Four International, she set up Element X with partners bringing forth distinctive, quality-driven films such as Shane Meadow’s award winning DEAD MAN’S SHOES , Brad McGann’s acclaimed debut IN MY FATHER’S DEN and Kevin Spacey’s big budget, Bobby Darin biopic BEYOND THE SEA.

 

In March 2006, Natalie joined Ealing Studios as International Sales and Development Consultant and a year later launched the sales arm Ealing Studios International. In addition to re-launching the Ealing brand, Natalie was responsible for the international sales and marketing of Barnaby Thompson and Oliver Parker’s ST TRINIAN’S I and II, Stephan Elliott’s EASY VIRTUE, Oliver Parkers’ DORIAN GRAY, Richard Eyre’s THE OTHER MAN amongst others. In addition to her sales role Natalie has also developed key relationships with third party producers.

 

In 2011 Ealing Studios International became Ealing Metro International through a merger between Ealing Studios and film financier Prescience where Natalie held the position of Executive Vice President of Sales. In May 2013 the Ealing Metro Management team, led by CEO Will Machin and company directors Natalie Brenner and Sam Parker acquired a majority share in the company and rebranded the company as METRO INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT where Natalie is now a partner and Head of Sales.

Sam Parker
Partner / Productions and Acquisitions

As one of the founding partners of Metro International, Sam’s focus is on production partnerships and acquisitions whilst also working as an international sales agent, negotiating and licensing film rights to a variety of distributors in established and emerging markets.

 

Sam joined Ealing Studios in 2009 as assistant producer where he worked on films such as John Landis comedy BURKE AND HARE and UK hit, ST TRINIANS 2 before joining Ealing Metro International as Sales & Acquisitions Manager in 2011.

 

Beforehand, he worked at the online business broadcaster Cantos Communications, one of the Brunswick Group companies. As a features producer at Cantos, Sam worked with a 3rd of the FTSE 100 companies producing short investor documentaries, interviews and programs.

Jojo Dye
Press and Marketing Consultant

JoJo has unparalleled experience in a number of areas in the film and TV industries, including events, marketing, PR, festivals and markets as well as sponsorship and product placement.

Samuel Hall
Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Sam began his career in film with leading UK independent distributor Metrodome where he contributed to a variety of theatrical campaigns, including vampire-mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (2014), Carol Morley’s The Falling (2015) and Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Jury Prize Winner Mommy (2015).
During this period he completed an MA in Cultural & Creative Industries at Kings College London, writing his thesis on the DCMS’s film and high-end TV production tax relief and its potential long-term influence on indigenous UK production. Prior to that he studied International Business with Economics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.