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Nat Geo Channel hires Brooke Runnette

National Geographic Channel in the U.S. has hired former Discovery exec and 'Shark Week' EP Brooke Runnette (pictured) to be its VP of development and special projects, based in Washington DC.
November 2, 2012

National Geographic Channel (NGC) in the U.S. has hired former Discovery exec and Shark Week’ EP Brooke Runnette (pictured) to be its VP of development and special projects, based in Washington DC.

The Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning producer will be responsible for developing series and event specials for NGC and will report to Noel Siegel, senior VP of production and development. She joins from Discovery Channel, where she was producer and director of development for specials, including the network’s popular ‘Shark Week.’

Ratings for the annual event rose after she took on responsibility for the strand in 2009, with the 2010 ‘Shark Week’ becoming the highest-rated in its 23-year history.

Prior to joining Discovery Channel, she worked at sister network TLC as executive director of programming, covering series including Little People, Big World and developing Toddlers & Tiaras.

Earlier in her career, Runnette was a producer for ABC News’s ‘Nightline,’ and also produced for ‘Frontline’ and CBS’s ’60 Minutes II.’

 

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