Ash Atalla

Ash Atalla (born 18 June 1972)[1] is an Egyptian-born British television producer. He has produced several British TV series such as The Office, The IT Crowd, and Man Stroke Woman. He has also made cameo appearances in productions such as Ricky Gervais' Politics.

Ash Atalla
Born (1972-06-18) 18 June 1972 (age 48)
NationalityEgyptian, British
OccupationTelevision producer
Years active1999–present
Known forRoughcut TV
Notable work
The Office
The IT Crowd
Man Stroke Woman

Early lifeEdit

Atalla was born into a middle-class family in Cairo.[2] He developed polio as a baby and uses a wheelchair. He emigrated to London due to his father's job.[3] He read business and finance at the University of Bath. He briefly worked as a stockbroker and a currency trader before, at 22, he found unpaid work on BBC Watchdog.[4]

CareerEdit

Atalla made his first appearance on TV in 1999 when he co-presented a Channel 4 series on disability, Freak Out. In 2001, he produced the award-winning sitcom The Office. Atalla joined the production company Talkback Thames in 2004 as Head of Comedy and produced both the science spoof Look Around You for BBC2, and the third series of Bo Selecta! In 2005 he devised and began work on Man Stroke Woman, a comedy sketch show about ‘growing up’ which aired from 2005–2007. He also produced The IT Crowd (2006-2010).

In 2007, Atalla set up Roughcut TV, an independent production company. Atalla and Roughcut produced Trinity for ITV2 in 2008.[5] Roughcut TV has since produced shows for all the UK's major broadcasters, including Trollied (Sky 1), Cuckoo (BBC Three), World's Craziest Fools - Starring Mr. T (BBC Three), Anna & Katy (Channel 4), People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three), Mad Mad World (ITV 1) and Top Coppers (BBC Three). He has also made cameo appearances in productions such as Ricky Gervais' Politics.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. United Kingdom. 18 June 2014. p. 41.
  2. ^ This Week, 4 July 2013
  3. ^ "Interview: Ash Atalla, producer, The Office (Evening Standard) by David Rowan, 2004-02-11". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2007.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "Interview: Ash Atalla, producer, The Office (Evening Standard) by David Rowan, 2004-02-11". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2007.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ Holmwood, Leigh (15 July 2008). "ITV2 plans 'sex, drugs and murder' drama to follow Billie Piper hit series". Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 17 October 2012.

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