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Atlantic Productions bolsters its UK team

Indie factual producer Atlantic Productions has made a series of key hires and promotions as it looks to bolster its UK team. Among the changes, Mike Davis, a BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated writer, ...
November 21, 2016

Indie factual producer Atlantic Productions has made a series of key hires and promotions as it looks to bolster its UK team.

Among the changes, Mike Davis, a BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated writer, producer and director at Atlantic, has been upped to associate creative director.

Mike Davis

Davis joined the company in 2013 to supervise David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive 3D, and went on to direct the series Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough and produce the special David Attenborough Meets President Obama.

In his new role, he will report to CEO Anthony Geffen, serving as creative director across Atlantic’s television, IMAX, theatrical and VR slate.

After starting his career at Framestore, Davis went on to work for a host of respected companies that include Darlow Smithson Productions, Impossible Pictures and Arrow Media, before finding his home at Atlantic.

Meanwhile, Atlantic is also welcoming some new talent into the fold.

Ian Syder (pictured, above left) has joined as head of production, spearheading the production management team across film, television, digital and VR projects. Syder began his professional life working on reality series such as Big Brother and Deal or No Deal as a line producer and production manager. He later moved into documentary filmmaking, working on projects such as the BBC Natural History Unit series Life and Spring Watch.

Emily Smith (pictured, above right) has come on board as director of marketing and business development. Prior to this move, she led the programming of temporary exhibitions, events, digital strategy and marketing at London’s Natural History Museum.

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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