Recognised in the 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the entertainment industry, David Atkins is one of Australia’s most awarded Artistic Directors and Producers. In 2000, Juan Antonio Samaranch, the president of the International Olympic Committee, presented David with a Gold Olympic Pin for his outstanding and innovative work as Artistic Director and Producer of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
David was the first and only Australian to win an MTV award for choreography. His original production Hot Shoe Shuffle was the first Australian musical on London’s West End, for which he won the prestigious London Olivier Award.
David and the company he founded and owns, David Atkins Enterprises Pty Ltd has been the Artistic Director and Producer on some of the largest live events of the last two decades, across continents, languages and international audiences, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Ceremonies, the Ceremonies of the Doha 2006 Asian Games, the Opening, Closing and Victory Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Opening Ceremony of Shanghai 2010 World Expo, the 2011 Moscow City Day Anniversary Celebrations, the Ceremonies of the 2011 New Zealand Rugby World Cup and the Ceremonies of the 12th Arab Games Doha 2011. David was Artistic Director and Producer for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Blue Zoo a new TV series marks DAE’s debut into Children’s TV and his return to TV production as Executive Producer after working for 10 Years with TCN 9’s Special Projects division.
David is the only Australian Artistic Director and Producer whose work on Olympic Ceremonies won Emmy Awards, with three wins for the 2010 Vancouver Opening Ceremony. In 2011 the Middle East Event Awards recognised David’s work on the Arab Games Opening Ceremony with an award for “Best Arts & Cultural Event.” David and DAE’s work in Moscow, Auckland, Doha, Shanghai and Vancouver also earned him two consecutive “Best Export Productions” in 2010 and 2011, and the Ceremony for the 2010 World Handball Championships in Qatar earned DAE the Best Entertainment Award at the 2014 Australian Event Awards. David was also honoured at the inaugural Australian Event Awards with being the first Australian Producer and Artistic Director to receive the highly prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award”.
For work on the Melbourne city wide multimedia Festival White Night David was awarded Event Producer of the Year In 2017 and again 2018 and in 2019 DAE was awarded Event Company of the Year. David’s work in Australia and abroad over the last 3 years has earned 8 Australian Event Awards. With over 50 theatrical and arena productions, 4 Olympic Ceremonies, 2 Commonwealth Games, a Rugby world Cup, World Expo, Asian Games, Arab Games and FIFA World Cup David and DAE continue to create and deliver some of the largest and most successful events in the world.