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Kino Lorber hires former Starz executive Martha Benyam as COO

New York-headquartered independent film distributor Kino Lorber has tapped Martha Benyam as the company’s new chief operating officer. Benyam (pictured) has worked as a film and TV executive in a variety ...
January 10, 2022

New York-headquartered independent film distributor Kino Lorber has tapped Martha Benyam as the company’s new chief operating officer.

Benyam (pictured) has worked as a film and TV executive in a variety of roles for more than 15 years. Most recently, she worked as a consultant to a variety of digital media startups, where she launched Amazon video channels and led programming strategy, content acquisitions and business development initiatives.

She also previously worked as vice president of strategy and business development at Starz, where she worked on scaling original programming and the launch of StarzPlay Arabia.

Announcing the hire on Monday (January 10), the company said Benyam will spearhead the company’s push into digital, building on the launches of its AVOD channel Kino Cult, the TVOD platform Kino Now and the virtual cinema initiative Kino Marquee. She’ll also oversee company-wide operations and strategize exploitation of the company’s curated library. She’ll report to Kino Lorber president and CEO Richard Lorber.

Lorber said Benyam proved her value to the company already, by consulting with Kino Lorber on its digital initiatives.

“After a record year for the company in 2021, we determined it was time to bring on a seasoned and skilled executive to help guide our future growth,” Lorber said in a statement.

“When she became available full-time, we knew there was an essential larger role for her with the company. The new COO position was established to best utilize her wide-ranging talents.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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