National Geographic Films to be folded into J.V.

Nat Geo's feature film division, which was behind several acclaimed docs including 2005's Oscar-winning March of the Penguins and the Oscar-nominated Restrepo (pictured), will now be folded into a joint venture between the National Geographic Society, Hyde Park and ImageNation.
December 22, 2011

National Geographic Films has closed its Beverly Hills office and is being folded into a new joint venture between the National Geographic Society, Hyde Park and ImageNation, which will develop feature films, docs and television series.

Hyde Park will be the managing partner for the J.V., and its CEO, Ashok Amritraj will head it up.

National Geographic Films president Daniel Battsek will move to a consulting role under the arrangement.

Recent features from National Geographic Films, in addition to the Oscar-nominated Restrepo (pictured), included the U.S. theatrical releases for Kevin Macdonald-directed Life in a Day, U23D, the Jeremy Irons-narrated The Last Lions, and Flying Monsters 3D.

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