Nat Geo appoints global scripted head
National Geographic Channel (NGC) has appointed Carolyn Bernstein (pictured), former executive VP at Endemol Shine Studios, as executive VP and head of global scripted development and production, effective January 4. The exec will be based in Los Angeles, and will oversee the expansion of the net’s scripted efforts into long-term, global franchises. She will report to Courteney Monroe, who was recently named National Geographic Global Networks CEO. Nat Geo first ventured into the scripted space in 2013 through its Killing miniseries franchise. NGC currently has a number of scripted projects scheduled for development, including Last Men Out from Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson and In Harm’s Way with Mark Gordon and ABC Signature Studios.
CBC, Banijay’s Format Incubator greenlights first pilot
Canadian broadcaster CBC and distributor Banijay International have commissioned a pilot of Frantic Films’ Anything But Average (working title), the first project to be greenlit under the Format Incubator initiative. The format-focused venture was jointly launched by Banijay International and CBC at the 2015 Banff World Media Festival, with the goal of boosting the number of original, exportable television formats created by the Canadian independent production community. Production is currently underway on the hour-long pilot of Anything but Average, which will air on CBC in March 2016 and look at the differences in the lives of Canadians who are statistically average. (From Playback)