TEAM


GIOVANNI ORLANDO   |   
Partner & CEO
Giovanni Orlando has had a long and distinguished career in the financial services industry and in film financing. He was previously a managing director of Lehman Brothers Inc., in New York, and served as CEO of Corporate Finance in the Americas for ABN Amro Inc. 

A native of Venice, Italy, he has a doctorate in Economics from Venice University. He is fluent in 5 languages and is an expert in the cinema movements of Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, and the Western Genre from Ford to Hawks, Mann, Boetticher, and Leone.

For his vision and creativity, Giovanni was awarded a First Look Deal with A&E Studios in 2019. He divides his time between Santa Fe, Los Angeles, and London. Giovanni is Atalaya’s managing partner.


HAMPTON SIDES   |   Partner, Producer and Author
Hampton Sides is is an award-winning journalist and narrative historian, and the author of Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound on His Trail, In the Kingdom of Ice, and, most recently, On Desperate Ground. He has also served as historical adviser and consulting producer on four documentary films for the acclaimed PBS series, The American Experience. Ghost Soldiers, a World War II narrative which has sold over a million copies worldwide, was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. Hampton’s bestseller, Hellhound on His Trail, about the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international hunt for assassin James Earl Ray, is under development with A24. He is now at work on a book about the fateful final voyage of Captain James Cook. A frequent guest lecturer at universities and literary conferences, Hampton has been a fellow of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Santa Fe Institute, the Aspen Institute, Colorado College and the Edwards Media Program at Stanford University. He is a board member of the Society of American Historians and the Author’s Guild.


Jack E portraitJACK EVANS   |   Executive, Scripted Dramas
Jack Evans is an anthropologically trained journalist and screenwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee. His fascination with mythologies, literature and wildernesses have led him from academic studies at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cape Town to safari guiding work across Tanzania and Zambia. He has pursued his writing craft at a professional level from the age of 11. The stories he followed eventually led him to screenwriting, directing, producing, and his current home of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 


VALERIE MOORE   |   Assistant to Giovanni Orlando
Valerie Moore is a project manager whose career has been spent in front of, and behind the cameras and microphones including Writer/Producer for WHBQ-TV (ABC affiliate), on-air talk show host (for Sam Phillips WHER radio), and writer/producer/director for Holiday Inns International.
Film credits include Assistant Technologies Coordinator for James Cameron’s Titanic (Deep Dive Unit), Production Coordinator for Universal Studios, Expedition Coordinator for The History Channel and producer for multiple indie films. Valerie has raised and shown Arabian horses internationally and is a certified scuba instructor who has led dive/photo adventures to exotic locations around the world. Her articles and photos have appeared in a variety of city, sport, airline, and museum publications. One of the world’s deepest diving women (Russian Mir submersibles), Valerie is an inductee into the Women Divers Hall of Fame, The Explorer’s Club, World Center for Exploration, New York, and a former board member of New Mexico Women in Film.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

GUY MCELVAIN   |   Chairman, Partner
Guy McElvain runs a family-owned limited liability company in Colorado. He and his family have invested in numerous development projects for television and the big screen. Guy, who splits his time between Denver and his New Mexico ranch on the Rio Grande, has invested in ventures that include oil and gas exploration, real estate, competitive show jumping, horse breeding, and fine art. Among other projects, he is a creator and co-owner of Hipico Santa Fe, a major equestrian venue that attracts competitors from around the world.


MORRIS PANNER
Morris Panner is an experienced technology executive, lawyer, and investor. He is currently CEO of Ambra Health, a leading digital health company. Prior to that, he was CEO of OpenAir, which he sold to NetSuite/Oracle (NYSE:ORCL). Before entering the private sector, Morris served with the Department of Justice and was, among other things, the Resident Legal Advisor in the US Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he lives in Washington.


KAY & NOEL HARVEY
Kay Harvey and her daughter Noel Harvey are adventurous Santa Feans who work to promote history, global perspectives, and the arts. Both embody the pioneering spirit of Noel’s great, great grandfather, Fred Harvey, founder of the legendary hotel and restaurant chain that “civilized the West.” An accomplished painter, printer, and sculptor, Kay has worked for decades championing and archiving the art and history of New Mexico. Noel Harvey grew up in Santa Fe, where she is actively engaged in supporting the arts and has a prolific career creating her own jewelry and art. Extensive world travelers and dedicated mariners, Kay and Noel have worked together to help finance and produce several major motion pictures, including The Homesman (directed by Tommy Lee Jones, Starring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank) and Closer to the Moon (Starring Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong), as well as the 2014 documentary Eco de la Montana. Noel is also involved with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Godfrey Reggio’s forthcoming film project.