Operating out of L.A., the company will look to work on high-end, mainstream TV drama with a slate of between 6-10 original series over the next 12 months from both the U.S. and the UK and one or two theatrical films in the same period.
Atlantic Nomad’s first two projects out of the gate will be The Knowledge — a U.K. espionage drama series described as being in the vein of State Of Play and Spooks, and Hammerhead — a crime series set in the California port city of San Pedro and centered around a grieving mother who must decide between her loyalty to her God and her family, as she battles East Coast Mafia, West Coast gangs, the Government, and the enemy within. Both projects are in development.
The company, which will make its market debut at MIPTV in Cannes next month, is also expected to have a close relationship with Mirren’s long time writing partner and co-creator David Wolstencroft (Spooks, Versailles).
Mirren is well known for writing and producing hit TV series such as Criminal Minds (for which he was showrunner) for Touchstone Television and CBS, Without A Trace for Jerry Bruckheimer Television and CBS, and Third Watch for NBC. He most recently co-wrote, produced and show-ran Versailles, the well-received 10-part Canal Plus series dramatizing the life of Louis XIV of France.
Carmichael was the President of Film at Content Media for 15 years where he oversaw all of the company’s film activities, acquiring and distributing more than 250 titles including The Cooler, Thank You For Smoking, Transamerica, Fish Tank, Black Book and Scientology doc Going Clear. Prior to that Carmichael was Head of International Distribution for Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey’s Icon Entertainment International. He was one of a handful of Content’s film team to move on after the company was acquired by Kew Media last year. Former head of sales Harry White joined Goldcrest in the fall.
Said Mirren, “The international eco system of how drama is created is experiencing a seismic change. Atlantic Nomad’s collective experience in developing, financing, producing and distributing global premium hit shows and films offers an undeniable bridge into the future of storytelling.”
Carmichael added, “It’s a great time to build a creative led business, and I couldn’t have found a stronger partner than Simon. He has a rich, muscular voice that is both emotional and authentic, and our debut American and British slate is impressive. Simon is also a talent magnet and champion – he has a flare for finding, and helping great new writers. We’re already working with some wonderful new people. Feels like we’re building a really creative and productive engine.”