Atavist is a media and software company. It developed a platform agnostic publishing tool in 2009, made available to the public in 2013 .
The Atavist is a monthly publication of longform narrative journalism. The stories are between 10,000 and 20,000 words and include video, interactive elements and full audio accompaniment. In 2014, three titles were optioned for film:
- "American Hippopotamus" by Jon Mooallem
- "One Thousand Pounds of Dynamite" by Adam Higginbotham
- "The Trials of White Boy Rick" by Evan Hughes
In 2015 The Atavist was awarded a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing for their piece "Love and Ruin," by James Verini. They were the first digital-only publication to receive the award.
A partnership with Atavist Books, a multiplatform book publishing company founded by Barry Diller, Scott Rudin, and Frances Coady, launched in the spring of 2014 with "Sleep Donation" by Karen Russell. All titles are produced and distributed using Creatavist.
TED Books, babycakes, Pearson and The Paris Review have all used Creatavist software to publish digital editions through tablets and mobile devices. Creatavist became available for public use in 2013.
- Gustini, Ray (21 May 2012). "The Atavist Rises; Amazon Charms Waterstones". The Atlantic Wire.
- Pavlus, John (18 January 2011). "Designing the Atavist, an App That Rescues Long-form Journalism". Fast Company.
- Fleming Jr., Mike (5 June 2014). "RatPac, Edward Norton’s Class 5 Options ‘American Hippopotamus'". Deadline.
- Sneider, Jeff (14 August 2014). "Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips to Produce ‘A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite’ for Warner Bros.". The Wrap.
- Ford, Rebecca (9 October 2014). "'Oblivion' Director Joseph Kosinski to Helm 'The Trials of White Boy Rick'". Hollywood Reporter.
- Sebastian, Michael (2 February 2015). "Vogue Wins Magazine of the Year at National Magazine Awards". Advertising Age.
- Coffey, Michael (7 October 2013). "One Year Later, Coady’s Atavist Books Set to Launch". Publisher's Weekly.
- Losowsky, Andrew (6 July 2012). "TED Books Launches Reading App On iPad Featuring Multimedia Extras (PHOTOS)". HuffPost. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- "App Time at The Paris Review". BULLETIN. The Paris Review. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
- Dollar, Steve (17 June 2013). "In Brooklyn, Creating Apps for the Do-It-Yourself Scene". The Wall Street Journal.
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