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The ATS team expands UK office

October 8, 2020

The ATS Team has announced the expansion of its global operation with the appointment of Danny Sanz as Vice President of Production and Shayna Waldman as Development and Production Executive, and the opening of a UK HQ.

Focusing on growing The ATS Team’s slate of original IP, the pair will continue to work closely with the LA office and manage its European operations, including the design and rigging for Germany Ninja Warrior (RTL), France Ninja Warrior (TF1) and Israel Ninja (Keshet), among others.

Danny Sanz has over 20 years’ experience in the TV production industry and has worked across live production, travelogues, outside broadcast and feature films.

He served as Executive Producer at ZED and managed the production of several cross-platform interactive game shows for Spain, Colombia and Poland among others. His credits include line producing the Sky Arts series Why Do We Dance (winner of the FAFF Best dance show), Peking Express for Spain, France, Italy, Mexico and Colombia and two UK Ninja Warrior series for ITV.

As Executive Producer and Vicepresident of Production for The ATS Team he is in charge the company’s international operations, which include production services for shows as Ninja Warrior in France, Germany, Israel, Switzerland and Australia, Takeshi’s Castle in Saudi Arabia and further projects in the development for ITV, RTL Germany, Keshet Israel and Polsat in Poland.

Shayna Waldman will be Production and Development Executive for UK and international productions.

Her experience includes taking content from development stage through to delivery networks such as such as Fox, NBC, CBS and Showtime, plus digital platforms such as Facebook, across territories including the US, UK and the Americas.

Her role covers creating, developing, and pitching original concepts to grow the ATS Team’s slate of original IP in the UK. She will also oversee the growth strategy for the company in the UK and Europe. Alongside this she will manage international crews and handle logistic operations for its current slate of shows.

The ATS Team has been responsible for the execution of some of the world’s biggest entertainment formats including the original El Puente, The Bridge – which has just been picked up by HBO Max – The Titan Games (NBC) and Ninja Warrior UK (ITV). It is at the forefront of planning and designing COVID-complaint sets and formats, and reworking ideas to ensure they continue to provide viewers with compelling shows.

Nate Moore, CEO of The ATS Team, said: “As we continue to grow our presence in the UK, we see it as an ideal opportunity to harness the expertise we have to keep making world class entertainment shows. It also serves as a chance to press on with our ambition to produce our own original IP with UK and global appeal. The team in the UK are already doing a fantastic job of working closely with broadcasters to develop programmes across multiple genres, most notably in documentaries and non-scripted. Our presence is the UK is set to grow and we see this as a reflection of our confidence in the market and the appetite for high quality shows and ideas.”

Danny Sanz, Vice President of Production, added: “It is an exciting moment for ATS right now. We’ve been developing so much content over the years and now we are using our creativity towards our original content. Paired with our team’s vast international experience we also have a very strong formats slate and a variety of other projects that will see the light very soon. We will be working closely with Mike Woodward, Vice President of Creative Development and Production, who is based in the Los Angeles office and in charge of ATS’s original content slate and new ideas that are constantly flowing in the company.”

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