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Nat Geo expands development team, hires Reed as VP

National Geographic Channel is expanding its East Coast development team with Nicole Reed (pictured), most recently with A&E, joining as VP and Igal Svet and Naimah Holmes named directors.
May 1, 2014

National Geographic Channel (NGC) is expanding its East Coast development team with Nicole Reed joining as VP of development and Igal Svet and Naimah Holmes named directors of development in Washington and New York, respectively.

The group will be responsible for developing and greenlighting new series and specials, as well as building relationships with East Coast and UK-based prodcos.

Reed will be based in New York with Holmes, while Svet will work out of NGC headquarters in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Reed and Svet will report directly to Charlie Parsons, head of East Coast development based in Washington, while Holmes will report to Reed.

Reed previously served as director of nonfiction and alternative programming at A&E, where she oversaw development of programming on A&E and Bio, corresponded with external prodcos and managed production for pilots and key series. Svet most recently acted as VP of development at Miami-based prodco 2C Media, where he spearheaded the unscripted slate and pitched and sold projects.

Lastly, Holmes joined Nat Geo in 2012 as manager of development and production for the West Coast division. She recently relocated to Washington to bolster the East Coast creative and development team. Prior to joining the net, Holmes worked with Eyeworks and Reveille LLC as a story and field producer.

In other National Geographic news, Brooke Runnette – president of the National Geographic Society’s production division, National Geographic Television – will see her duties expanded to include the overseeing of all video, television and film production.

She will work closely with Declan Moore, who has been named chief media officer for NGS, and Chris Johns, who takes on the newly defined role of chief content officer.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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