Atlantic Productions has made a series of hires and promotions to its UK team.

Mike Davis has been promoted to Associate Creative Director, while Ian Syder (pictured) joins Atlantic as Head of Production and Emily Smith takes the newly created role of Director of Marketing and Business Development.

Mike Davis joined Atlantic 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. His new role will see him reporting to CEO Anthony Geffen, as creative director across Atlantic’s television, IMAX, theatrical and VR slate.   After starting his career at Framestore, Davis went on to work for companies including  Darlow Smithson, Impossible Pictures and Arrow Media.

Ian Syder began his professional life on the Big Brother team, and went on to launch Deal or No Deal before moving into documentary filmmaking. Syder’s credits include BBC Natural History Unit series Life and Spring Watch, as well as serving as Production Manager at Off the Fence, overseeing the “Wildest…”  strand as well as the company’s first 4K Feature Film Colombia Magia Salvaje.

Emily Smith is responsible for Atlantic’s strategic marketing, commercial partnerships and corporate communications and leads the company’s academic, cultural and stakeholder relationships. Prior to this she led the programming of temporary exhibitions, events, digital strategy and marketing at London’s Natural History Museum.  She reports to Atlantic’s Managing Director Claudia Perkins.

Anthony Geffen CEO at Atlantic Productions said: “Mike, Ian and Emily all have long-running relationships with Atlantic, and they bring a mixture of enthusiasm, expertise and insight to their respective roles which will be invaluable as we embark on further growth as an organisation."

Staff Reporter

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