National Geographic Channels has hired former Deadliest Catch producer Matt Renner (pictured, left) as vice president, production, and casting exec Terry Danuser (right) as vice president, talent, bolstering the cable network’s New York team.
Renner will serve as a lead creative within the U.S. cable network’s senior production team and manage the New York executive producer team, as well as a portion of the production slate. He will also focus on further developing National Geographic Channel’s visual style and production practices and expanding its pool of producers.
From 2004 to 2012, he worked at Original Productions and was instrumental in producing Discovery Channel’s breakout reality hit Deadliest Catch. He then founded the production company Undertow Films where he served as co-CEO and executive producer. His unscripted credits include AMC’s Game of Arms, History’s Shark Wranglers and Discovery’s Airplane Repo.
As vice president, talent, Danuser will recruit and develop talent for the channel’s unscripted and scripted series. He will liaise with parent companies, National Geographic Society and Fox Networks, and work closely with Nat Geo’s talent relations team.
Danuser worked as the senior director, talent development and casting for Discovery Communications from 2003 to 2012. His credits include the Discovery Channel series Naked & Afraid and Big Brain Theory and Science Channel’s Dark Matters.
In 2012, he joined OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network where he established the talent relations department. He returned to Discovery Channel as a talent booker two years later.
Both execs will be based in Nat Geo’s New York office. Renner will report to Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production, and Danuser will report to Alan Eyres, senior vice president of programming and development.
“The addition of Matt and Terry to the team reflects our ongoing commitment to find the best talent in the industry who share the creative sensibilities that fit our creative direction,” Pastore said in a statement.