After working for several years as a consultant for EU's MEDIA funds (the largest film development fund in Europe) and several national film funds, Ian Davies set up Initialize in 2007 and since then the company has worked on more than 40 completed feature films / TV series as consultants, executive producer, co-financier and / or as a production house.
Clients have included many national film funds including Creative Scotland (now Screen Scotland), Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Norwegian Film Institute, Finnish Film Foundation, Screen Australia, Irish Film Board (now Screen Ireland) and New Zealand Film Commission
Some highlights include Emmy-winning The English Surgeon, Sundance winners God Help the Girl
and Black Power Mixtape, BAFTA (Cymru) winner Moon Dogs, BAFTA (Scotland) winners Starred Up and The Island and the Whales, BIFA winner '71, TV series Outlander, as well as film festival hits Sunshine Superman, Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, Lowlife, Time Trial and The Falling.
Projects which Initialize has worked on have been backed by Netflix, Amazon (Prime), BBC Films, BFI as well as many national film funds.
Initialize has specialised in supporting first-time feature producers and directors, helping establish the careers of those film-makers as well as a host of actors including Oscar nominee Florence Pugh (The Falling).
Ian left Initialize in March 2022 to work for Noah Media Group. The company is now run by Marion Simon, who has worked on several of Initialize's past projects.