Meet the Team
Mike has a Masters in Television and Screen Direction. After starting his career in Australian television he moved to London in 1990, working at London Weekend Television and Visnews.
Over the next 13 years Mike worked as a Director of Photography on TV series, reality programs and documentaries for every major US and UK broadcaster. These included a diverse range of reality and documentary programs covering topics such as land issues in the Amazon, New York fire fighters, African Art, the plight of the Tuaregs and the Marathon des Sables through the Sahara desert.
In 2003 he moved to Dubai, UAE, to set up the local branch of Atlas Television before moving on to the launch of Navigation Films in 2010. Mike has filmed documentaries and corporate and broadcast films in the Gulf region and is heavily involved in filming and post – production.
Irene has been working in the industry since 2002. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in accounting she moved to Dubai in 2008 and joined the team.
She has managed live broadcasts, promos, corporate films and facilitated the production of international reality shows, in both UAE and Oman.
She has also filmed for with top International News corporations / Luxury Brands and production companies all over the world.
Ali recently joined Navigation Films as a Producer. After graduating from art school with a BA in communications he pursued his career at several television stations in Beirut and for the last eight years has worked in the UAE.
Ali is multilingual and produces commercials, documentaries and corporate films.
Brent studied sound engineering in South Africa and began his career at Videolab in Cape Town. His experience as an MCR supervisor in Dubai and South Africa has given him exceptional technical knowledge which he brought to Navigation Films in November 2010. Brent has recently completed edits for the Columbia Water Center, Red Bull and Resolution Productions.
After completing a degree in English literature, Hannelize worked in publishing for 7 years as writer and editor. In 2006 she switched to television production, assisting with the launch of a Dubai- based post-production company. Since then, she has worked as post-production producer on numerous TVCs and corporate films, advising advertising agencies and corporate clients. Originally from South Africa, she’s worked in the Dubai media industry since 2003 and oversees all post production and library sales.
Mohammad Sohail started in 2000, as a 3D Animator with fashion channel Style Dunia in Lahore. Progressing to non-linear editing he worked with various production houses editing documentaries, corporate films and commercials.
In 2006 he joined Atlas Television as an editor, enhancing his skills on a large variety of projects including “Atlantis, Creating a New World’ and “Over the Emirates’, before joining the newly formed Navigation Films.
Akash Kingston has worked as an independent writer and director since 2005. During this time his work has been showcased at Cannes and has won at Slamdance (USA).
Akash has a Bachelors Degree in Film Production and has experience in directing producing and assisting. He has been in the UAE for fifteen years.
Michael began his career in production and post production in New York City. After some notable successes in New York he moved to the UAE in 2004 and has continued working for regional and international clients on a variety of productions.
He is keenly interested in film and cartoon culture.