Karol Martesko-Fenster is an Austrian-born American entrepreneur. His career in the motion picture, Internet, publishing, and music television business spans over two decades and includes leadership in the American independent film industry. He has produced numerous feature films, 25 music television and satellite programs and he co-founded indieWIRE.com, FILMMAKER Magazine, RES Magazine and the media content enterprises cinelan.com and ConditionONE.com.
Previously, Karol was Senior Vice President & GM / Film & Animation at Babel Networks US, Head of Film at Palm Pictures, President/Publisher of Silicon Alley Reporter and he has provided strategic consulting services to numerous film and media ventures including Arts Alliance, SBI Management, FILMHAUS Vienna and Tribeca Enterprises. Karol was the Co-Executive Producer on Dean Budnick & Peter Shapiro’s WETLANDS PRESERVED: THE STORY OF AN ACTIVIST NIGHTCLUB, Executive Producer of Rob Nilsson’s FRANK DEAD SOULS, and the Producer of Gordon Eriksen & Heather Johnston’s SCENES FROM THE NEW WORLD, MYTH OR REALITY: THE VON TRAPP FAMILY, and VIENNA 1900 and he collaborated closely with Richard Linklater on his Sundance Film Festival opening night and Berlinale Silver Bear award-winning BEFORE SUNRISE.
Most recently, Karol was the executive producer on James Allen Smith’s FLOORED (Endstation Parkett), JJ King and Peter Mann’s DARK FIBRE, Danfung Dennis’ HELL AND BACK AGAIN (Sundance 2011 World Documentary Competition Grand Jury and Cinematography Award) and Phil Cox’s THE BENGALI DETECTIVE (Sundance 2011 World Documentary Competition & Berlinale 2011 – Panorama).