Nat Geo names new global channels team

Courteney Monroe

Courteney Monroe

National Geographic’s reorganisation under the leadership of Courteney Monroe has continued and she has named the team running the global channels unit at the Fox-owned company.

Monroe (left) became the international channels chief under a new structure at the factual giant introduced late last year after Fox took control of Nat Geo.

Fox International Channels exec Ward Platt took on channel distribution and commercial activity at that time, as Monroe was named National Geographic Global Networks CEO.

Tim Pastore is given a wider remit in the new structure. He was president of original programming and production for the US, and will now take that role for all of Nat Geo’s international operations.

Reporting to Monroe, he will have the ultimate oversight of the production and development teams in New York, Washington and London.

Hamish Mykura becomes executive VP, programming and development for National Geographic Global Networks. He was previously EVP and head of international content.

Reporting to Pastore, he will continue to be based in London.

Elsewhere, Alan Eyres remains in his senior VP, programming and development role. Based in Washington he will focus on unscripted programming for the international market and be Pastore’s most senior programming exec in the US.

“By aligning my senior team to serve the global interests of the channels, we are now even better positioned to become the world’s leading destination for premium science, adventure and exploration programming,” said Monroe.

In other changes, Heather Moran will extend her executive VP, programming, strategy and operations role beyond the US, and now oversee global production operations across the global Nat Geo footprint. Eyres and Moran also report to Pastore.

Another exec extending their responsibilities from the US to US and international is Nat Geo Wild boss Geoff Daniels. His second in command, Janet Han Vissering, also now assumes a global role.

In a similar vein, Brad Dancer, executive VP, programming planning and research, takes on that position across Nat Geo’s international operations.

Jules Oldroyd will re-locate from London to Washington and join Dancer’s team as senior VP, programming and strategic development. She will continue to oversee the Nat Geo People channel.

On the marketing side of the business, Fox International Channels chief marketing officer Liz Dolan assumes a dual role as interim CMO of the global National Geographic channel operation, reporting to Monroe.

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