The drama “commissioning club” Atrium TV has brought in Nick Witkowski to serve as director of global content sales.
Witkowski has been behind the financing and exploitation of such productions as Shackleton (C4 and A&E), Diamonds (CBC and Canal+), Flashpoint (CTV and CBS) and, most recently, the ITV series Marcella, for which he finalized a multimillion-dollar presale. He comes to Atrium TV with more than 30 years of experience, including senior positions at Central Television, TVS and Chrysalis Television. He was a co-founder of Alchemy.
At Atrium TV, Witkowski joins a growing team that also includes creative head Quinn Taylor, based in Los Angeles, and U.K.-based development exec Dave Clarke. Working out of Atrium’s London office, Witkowski will be responsible for collaborating closely with Atrium TV club members as projects come to fruition.
Atrium TV was established by Sir Howard Stringer, former chairman of Sony and former president of CBS, and Jeremy Fox, CEO of DRG, specifically to create premium, high-profile drama content for delivery by regional OTT players and Telcos.
Fox commented: “Nick joins Atrium TV at a really exciting time: we will shortly be announcing the first round of members to join founding member Viaplay and we will also be launching a new program slate at MIPCOM.
“Nick brings with him huge amounts of valuable experience from the international drama world and a genuine passion for the end product. He is also incredibly well liked in the industry and has a track record for getting results so we are delighted that he has chosen to spend the next part of his exciting career with Atrium.”
Witkowski added: “Jeremy, Howard and the team are developing something really special with Atrium so I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to use my existing experience and apply it to such a clever new model in the industry. As well as being good businessmen, the founding team is also putting together a really impressive scripted slate of the highest quality and I very much look forward to working with them on it.”