NGCI names execs to London content hub

Matt Taylor becomes senior VP of content for international and director of programming content for Europe, and Jules Oldroyd becomes VP of programming and strategic development. (Pictured: NGCI's Hamish Mykura)
May 31, 2012

National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has appointed three executives to its content hub in London.

The commissioning team will report to EVP and head of international content Hamish Mykura, formerly Channel 4′s documentary chief.

Matt Taylor has been promoted to SVP of content international and director of programming and content for Europe. He joined NGCI in 1997 and was previously based in Amsterdam where he oversaw programming strategy, development and scheduling for the network across Europe. He was key in developing  Megafactories and the series Birth of Europe.

Former Channel 4 channel manager and head of scheduling Jules Oldroyd will step into the role of VP, programming and strategic development for NGCI and program director for National Geographic Channel in the United Kingdom.

Mykura also appointed current head of programs for Europe Hannah Demidowicz as a commissioning executive and announced openings in London for a senior commissioning editor, an acquisitions manager and a production manager to work across its commissioning slate.

Additionally, Simon Rohrsmann was given the newly created role of channel editor for National Geographic Channels in Europe.

“The new structure under the leadership of Matt and Jules will allow producers and program makers to bring ideas to us in a more streamlined way,” Mykura said. “The new team can direct ideas three ways – we can commission programs for our international output, direct them to the commissioning teams in the U.S. or take them as regional commissions. We will very soon have our own great new content on air that will drive the next phase of growth for NGC around the world and complement the highly successful series presently being commissioned by NGC in the U.S.”

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