Taylor departs Atlantic for Oxford

James Taylor (pictured) has left Atlantic Productions after more than six years to become head of development at Oxford Scientific Films, the BAFTA-winning factual producer behind programs such as Meerkat Manor and Britain's Witch Children.
November 1, 2011

James Taylor (pictured) has taken on the role of head of development at Oxford Scientific Films, the BAFTA-winning factual producer behind titles such as Meerkat Manor and Britain’s Witch Children, following his departure from Atlantic Productions last month.

As previously reported, Taylor left Atlantic to pursue new opportunities after six and a half years with the indie, having most recently served as head of content distribution and having originally joined as head of development in 2005.

Among his successes at Atlantic, Taylor was the development executive on Flying Monsters 3D, the David Attenborough-fronted Sky 3D special which recently picked up the best 3D program prize at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival in Wyoming.

He also worked as development exec on The Wildest Dream and produced Revealing the Link, contributing to other titles including Rome Unwrapped and Apollo 11: the Untold Story during his tenure. Prior to joining Atlantic, Taylor had stints with RDF Media and Channel 4.

Following Taylor’s departure, Atlantic has promoted Mimi Gilligan – previously head of legal and business affairs – to head of business affairs and content distribution.


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