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Atlantic appoints head of distribution, business affairs

London-based Atlantic Productions has shuffled its management and distribution structure, resulting in a promotion for Mimi Gilligan to the role of head of business affairs and content distribution.
October 24, 2011

London-based Atlantic Productions has shuffled its management and distribution structure, resulting in a promotion for Mimi Gilligan to the role of head of business affairs and content distribution.

Gilligan, previously head of legal and business affairs, will now be responsible for managing the distribution of Atlantic’s content through its distribution partners and channels. She replaces James Taylor, previously head of content distribution, who is leaving Atlantic to pursue other projects.

With Atlantic since 2004, Gilligan has worked on commercial affairs activities for nearly all of the prodco’s output.

Anthony Geffen, CEO, Atlantic Productions said: “The unification of the management of business affairs and distribution is a logical step as we expand into new areas on the back of our recent theatrical successes.

“Mimi has been heavily involved in all of Atlantic’s recent TV and feature film successes across 2D and 3D – including David Attenborough’s First Life, Flying Monsters 3D and The Wildest Dream – and we are excited to apply her considerable talent to managing distribution. We wish James all the best in his future endeavors and are very grateful for his work and dedication over the years.”

“It has been a great year for Atlantic, and more opportunities are opening up to us every month,” added Gilligan. “I really look forward to helping the company exploit them.”

The prodco recently picked up three News & Documentary Emmy awards for David Attenborough’s First Life, while its 3D film Flying Monsters 3D with David Attenborough picked up the first BAFTA for a 3D program and the best 3D program honor at Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival.

In July 2011, Atlantic and Sky set up the jointly-owned production company, Colossus Productions, to develop original 3D programming for both UK and international audiences.

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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