Ralph Kamp, the former chief executive of Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey's London-based sales operation Icon Entertainment International, is understood to be setting up a new independent sales operation under the banner Odyssey.

Amongst the first titles Kamp is expected to represent is the tentatively titled Great War project, starring Billy Elliot lead Jamie Bell. The supernatural action film set in the trenches of WW1 is being produced through F&ME, the UK-based international production and acquisitions wing of Germany's FAME, which holds worldwide rights.

Kamp is expected to unveil Odyssey at the American Film Market in February. The sales veteran has been under agreement with Icon not to enter the independent sales sector for a year after agreeing to leave the company some 12 months ago.

As well as representing studio-level fare such as Robert Redford's The Legend Of Bagger Vance, Kamp handled local titles at Icon including An Ideal Husband and When The Sky Falls. F&ME's Mike Downey and Sam Taylor were not available for comment.