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Atlantis Releasing's fast pace brings cornucopia.

With offices in Toronto, Amsterdam and Sydney, Atlantic Releasing has been busy. "We've been renewed on our series, Maniac Mansion for The Family Channel," said Ted Riley, president. "We are also producing more Kurt Vonnegut: Welcome to the Monkeyhouse episodes for Showtime. In addition, we are doing a movie for CBC entitled, The Diviners; a movie for The Family Channel called Underground to Canada; and we're completing production on The Ray Bradbury Theater Episode 65." Atlantis also has a couple of network deals pending, including a pilot this summer.

Riley started as a journalism major. "I was a CBC announcer. My first posting was in Germany as the morning man on the radio of the Armed Forces Station. I lived there for a couple of years." He continued, "In my spare time, I used to go to a lot of movies. I got hooked on cinema: I wanted to be a film critic or an industry journalist. While I was at film school learning more about the craft, however, I met my Atlantis partners. Steve McClain, Michael McMillan and I are three of the founders of the company. When I left film school instead of going into the media, I went right into the business."

Since its inception 12 years ago, Atlantis has been very active. "We have had a lot of programs on Canadian television and on American cable. Furthermore, with the opening of the L.A. office, we are spending much more time ingratiating ourselves at the networks."

Atlantis also has a Vancouver office, which is coordinating their West Coast production. "We also have sales offices for our distribution arm in Amsterdam and Sydney. As producers, we are keeping on in the middle of a recession."

At MIP-TV, Atlantis is premiering the miniseries, The Sound and the Silence, which is the story of Alexander Graham Bell. "We are actively involved in co-productions. It's basically the only way Canadian companies can survive. The reason for that is, unlike the U.S., England or Germany (or other major countries), we only receive 30 per cent of our financing from our domestic license bureau."

"We are very aware of the necessities, constraints and opportunities of co-productions. We often work with American partners but are increasingly working with European and Far Easterners. We also do a lot of business in New Zealand, and will do a co-production with the Germans this summer," stated Riley, who added that the company was excited about the U.K. market.
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