In the period from 1986 to 1999, after graduating from the Department of Fine Arts, Film and TV of the Marmara University, Atakan worked as assistant director and producer in television and advertising industry. In 2004 Atakan co-founded an advertising production company and five years later she begun producing international film projects. In 2007, Atakan founded Zeyno Film. In 2010, she won the European Film Academy’s Prix Eurimages European Co-Production award, and founded YAPIMLAB.
Atakan has been the chairwoman of SE-YAP, the Turkish Guild of Film Producers, since 2011. In 2014, she was elected vice president of EWA, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network. She won the Bilge Olgaç Achievement Award at the Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival in 2014. Atakan produced Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s WINTER SLEEP, ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, THREE MONKEYS and CLIMATES, as well as IN NOWHERE LAND by Tayfun Pirselimoglu and LOLA + BILIDIKID by Kutlug Ataman.