Nat Geo Channel, Discovery Networks Int’l execs to keynote at MIPDoc

Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for NGC and Phil Craig, EVP and chief creative officer for DNI, will each conduct keynote sessions at the Cannes market in April.
February 13, 2015

Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for National Geographic Channels U.S. and Phil Craig, EVP and chief creative officer for Discovery Networks International, will each conduct keynote sessions at MIPDoc in April.

The New York-based Pastore oversees all development, production and production management for NGC U.S. and is responsible for close to 400 hours annually. He will be speaking at the Cannes market on Saturday, April 11.

Craig, meanwhile, leads the international production and development team at DNI, supplying a content pipeline that covers more than 220 countries and territories around the globe. He joined DNI late last year from his previous post as head of factual for Australia’s ABC TV. He will deliver his keynote session on Sunday, April 12.

Organizers Reed MIDEM also confirmed that MIPDoc will host a premiere screening of science/technology program Ø Gravity: A Mission in Space. Handled by Upside Distribution, the program follows two young astronauts, Alexander Gerst from the European Space Agency and Greg Reid Wiseman from NASA, as they train for and undergo their first space mission. Director Jürgen Hansen and both the astronauts will be on hand for the April 11 screening.

MIPDOC takes place on April 11 and 12 in Cannes, France, ahead of the MIPTV market, slated for April 13-16.

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