Meet the Team

Anthony Geffen

CEO and Creative Director

Anthony Geffen is one of the world leading documentary film makers and a pioneer in multi-platform story telling. His films have won over 50 international awards including four British Academy Awards (BAFTAs) and seven Emmys, and multiple awards at Wildscreen and Jackson Hole.

Anthony’s diverse range of work includes 11 productions with David Attenborough, most recently the acclaimed Great Barrier Reef series. Other series include the BBC’s Inside the Commons and Galapagos. Theatrical films include Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest and IMAX films include Museum Alive 3D.

He is the CEO of one of the most respected high end production companies, Atlantic Productions. Atlantic now comprises of a group of companies specialising in various activities which includes Zoo (computer graphics), Colossus (3D) and Alchemy (VR).

His VR experiences include Space Descent with Tim Peake, Munduruku: Fight to Defend the Heart of the Amazon and Atomic Ghost Fleet as well as First Life VR and The Great Barrier Reef Dive with David Attenborough. In April 2017 he and his team at Alchemy received the first BAFTA award for virtual reality story telling.

He has spoken at several leading media and technology forums including TEDX, Google Zeitgeist and the Apple developers conference.

Anthony is a fellow of St Cross College, Oxford.

David Lee

Executive Producer

David Lee is Atlantic’s Emmy- and BAFTA-winning Executive Producer. His role is to nurture exciting new ideas, steer them through the commissioning process into production, and ensure Atlantic’s high quality brand of story-telling delivers on screen.

David series directed two recent landmark projects presented by David Attenborough – the Emmy award winning Rise of Animals for the BBC, and the BAFTA and Emmy nominated Conquest of the Skies for Sky. He is also at the heart of Atlantic’s ground-breaking work in VR, playing a key role in producing David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR, winner of the first ever BAFTA awarded to a virtual reality film. His other productions at Atlantic reveal a passion for storytelling across the specialist factual spectrum, with major credits including When Rome Ruled and Egypt Unwrapped for National Geographic, Atlantis Found for The History Channel, and the intimate observational documentary Attenborough’s Journey for the BBC

Before joining Atlantic full time David directed several highly successful projects at other leading television production companies, including the hi-octane engineering series Countdown to Collision for Windfall; revisionist history documentary Salem Witch Trial Conspiracy and forensic science format The Great American Manhunt for Wide-Eyed Entertainment; and for Electric Sky, true crime series Art of the Heist and forensic archaeology series Tomb Detectives.

Tom Stubberfield


Tom first worked at Atlantic in 2013, directing the ancient-engineering series Time Scanners for Nat Geo with Dallas Campbell and world-renowned structural engineer Steve Burrows. More recently he’s created and overseen some of Atlantic’s most ambitious singles including Thai Cave Rescue and Kilauea: Hawaii on Fire for Nova/PBS and Bergen-Belsen: The Untold Story for BBC1. Tom’s other notable Atlantic projects include Galapagos with Liz Bonnin for BBC1 and the epic history series The Emirates Story. He’s also worked across much of the company’s VR output.

Prior to joining Atlantic full-time, Tom oversaw numerous high-end productions for many of the world’s leading broadcasters including Restoration with Griff Rhys Jones for BBC2, Man on Earth with Tony Robinson for Channel 4, Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered with Dallas Campbell for BBC1, and Masters of the Pacific Coast with Dr. Jago Cooper for BBC4.

Specialising in history and science, Tom has extensive experience leading teams on large-scale productions all over the world. Working with a broad range of presenters, experts and contributors, he’s produced content across a spectrum of subjects from WWII, architecture and engineering, to ancient civilisations, the natural world and planetary sciences. He enjoys working with the latest technology to bring stories alive.

Tom’s other notable credits include Nova: Emergency Mine Rescue for PBS/Channel 4, Nova: The Storm That Drowned a City for PBS/Channel 5, Supersized Earth with Dallas Campbell for BBC1, How the Earth Works with Liz Bonnin for Discovery Science, and Fearless Planet, Building the Future and The World’s First Test Tube Baby, all for the Discovery Channel.

Helen Conlan

Development Executive

Since joining Atlantic Productions last summer Helen has worked across the TV and Theatric development slates, leading the development team to produce a range of unique and ambitious ideas and move them through to commission.

Helen began her career as a founding member of Dangerous Films, working on award-winning drama documentaries for major UK and US broadcasters including D-Day 6.6.1944 (BBC1/Discovery), and 9/11: Inside the Twin Towers (BBC1/Discovery. As a Line Producer she has worked on a range of ambitious specials and series with established talent and high end visual effects including Can You Live Forever with Adam Savage (Discovery), The Brain with Dr David Eagleman (BBC/PBS), and CIVILISATIONS (BBC/PBS) with Simon Schama, Mary Beard and David Olusoga.

Helen’s love of innovative storytelling took her to the world of 3D where she joined factual producers exploring this new technology and worked on two theatric 3D films; Pandas: The Journey Home (NatGeo/IMAX) and the award-winning Inside The Mind of Leonardo (SKY/History) with Peter Capaldi.

With a track record in successfully delivering to broadcasters Helen combines exceptional production skills with a keen editorial instinct, she knows what it takes to turn an idea in to reality and enjoys works closely with Anthony to build on the success of Atlantic Productions.

Claudia Perkins

Managing Director

Claudia became Managing Director of Atlantic Productions in 2008, having spent the previous five years financing and developing film and television projects.

Before joining the television industry, Claudia was a director at J.O. Hambro Capital Management where she was an investment manager, responsible for Private Equity. She began her career as a business journalist in New Zealand.

She is responsible for the corporate and commercial activities of the company, including strategic development.

Ben McGuire

Head of Post Production Operations

Ben McGuire leads Atlantic’s Post Production activities. His attention to detail and technical knowledge ensures that every bit of content that is delivered by the Atlantic Group is at the maximum quality. Whether it is a traditional television format, or an emerging technology Ben works with Atlantic’s creative team to ensure their creative vision for the project is delivered to the highest standard. He has ensured that exclusive footage of the Crown Jewells was presented to the world in The Coronation (BBC, Smithsonian FreMantle Media) to the highest standard; and that each brushstroke of Paul-Émile Borduas’ Figures Schématiques was clear and detailed for fine art dealer Heffel Auction House’s Virtual Reality gallery.

Ben came to Atlantic Productions with 15 years working in Post Production management, spanning many formats including Feature Films, Feature Documentary, Drama, Factual Entertainment, Multi-Camera Music Concerts and Specialist Programming. Shows that he has worked on have won Baftas, Griersons, Lumières, Jackson Hole, Wild Screen and RTS awards.

Having first worked with Atlantic as an external Post Producer on several of their ground-breaking and award-winning David Attenborough Programmes, Ben is well placed to continue to help the Atlantic Group deliver content at the forefront of emerging technologies.

Mimi Gilligan

Director of Legal & Business Affairs

Mimi is a key member of the team responsible for Atlantic Productions’ Commercial Affairs activities, having worked with Atlantic since 2004.

Her experience extends across both the legal and commercial aspects of nearly all of the diverse range of television progammes, theatric films and non-fiction books which Atlantic has produced for distribution around the world.

She graduated with a JD/MBA degree with Honors from the University of Chicago law and business schools, has a General Course diploma with Highest Honours from the London School of Economics and is a member of the State of Illinois Bar. She began her career in the investment banking industry, where she spent over eight years in various capital markets and corporate finance roles in New York and London.

Chris Ellis

Head of Finance

Chris Ellis leads the Atlantic Group’s finance activities with a focus on robust business modelling, budgeting and laying a firm foundation in the companies’ financial processes and planning. His strong grip on statutory and management accounting and disciplined approach to cost control and treasury management gives the Group a solid backdrop against which to thrive.

With over a decade of experience in public practice accounting, Chris has managed the statutory accounting and tax compliance for a portfolio of private businesses from varied industries and sizes in his most recent role at Crowe Horwath Australasia, the 9th largest accounting and advisory services firm in the world and 5th largest in Australia. Chris has complimented his experience in accounting compliance with several large corporate finance, internal audit and forensic accounting projects.

Chris is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and holds a Bachelor of Business with a double major in Accounting and International Business from the James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.

Emily Smith

Museums Partnership Advisor

Emily Smith leads the companies’ museum and cultural sector relationships.

Prior to joining Atlantic Emily worked for London’s Natural History Museum where she worked as Head of Communications leading on the PR and marketing strategies on key launches including the opening of the Darwin Centre in 2010, the record breaking exhibition Animal Inside Out and Atlantic Productions’ 3D documentary Natural History Museum Alive 3D. She then moved onto Head of Audience Development where she led the programming of temporary exhibitions, events, digital strategy and marketing. In this role she oversaw the implementation of the virtual reality experiences David Attenborough’s First Life VR and David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR into the public programme and the launch of the new museum website and CRM system.

Emily spent over 20 years in the cultural sector working in marketing and communications roles for some of London’s leading cultural organisations including the Royal Court Theatre, London Philharmonic Orchestra and National Gallery.

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Alchemy are leading the way in creating immersive, narrative led content for mediums like VR, AR, MR and even AI.

Emmy-award winning Zoo are leaders in 4k VFX production and have a wealth of experience in stereoscopic production.

The multi award-winning Colossus Productions produce high-end 3D films for an international audience.