Former Shine America exec Jeffrey Schneider (pictured) has been tapped to serve as executive VP of business and legal affairs for National Geographic Channels’ (NGC) domestic and international divisions.
Schneider will lead a team responsible for negotiating the programming, development, acquisition and production agreements for the U.S. and international channels. The exec will also be charged with the business and legal aspects of operations for the U.S. branch and its ancillary arms.
Based out of the company’s Washington DC offices, Schneider will report to Fox Networks Group executive VP and general counsel Rita Tuzon while working alongside Courteney Monroe, CEO of NGC U.S., and Ward Platt, CEO of NGC International and COO of Fox International Channels.
Most recently, Schneider served as executive VP of business affairs and general counsel for Shine America, where he was tasked with overseeing the company’s legal and business affairs.
He previously worked as executive VP of business affairs for NBCUniversal’s entertainment and digital networks, and has also held various senior business affairs and legal positions at A+E Networks, Fox Television Studios and MTV Networks.
Networks for domestic National Geographic Channels include Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and National Geographic Channel. The company’s domestic branch is a joint venture between Fox Networks Group and the National Geographic Society (NGS).
The international arm, meanwhile, is a partnership between Fox International Channels and NGS, and includes the aforementioned brands as well as Nat Geo People.
“Jeff has experience supervising business and legal affairs at some of the world’s most prestigious media organizations,” said Rita Tuzon in a statement. “His intimate knowledge of the television content business makes him the perfect fit for our global National Geographic brand.”