Nat Geo Global Networks unveils senior team

National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe has named her senior team, with Tim Pastore (pictured) overseeing all unscripted programming for NGC globally.
January 5, 2016

Almost two months after she assumed leadership of National Geographic Global Networks, CEO Courteney Monroe has appointed her senior team.

Tim Pastore (pictured), president of original programming and production, has his remit expanded to encompass all unscripted programming for National Geographic Channel globally.

The development, production and operations teams in London, along with those in New York and Washington DC will now report to Pastore, who will continue reporting to Monroe. In addition, the exec will oversee the company’s in-house production unit, National Geographic Studios. Pastore first came to the Nat Geo team through the Studios division, following a stint at BBC Worldwide Productions.

Hamish Mykura - previously executive VP and head of international content for National Geographic Channels International – now becomes executive VP of programming and development for National Geographic Global Networks and head of the London office, where he will continue to be based.

Meanwhile, Alan Eyres will remain as senior VP of programming and development, based out of Washington DC. He will focus on global unscripted content, and serve as Pastore’s most senior programming team member in the U.S., while working closely with Mykura.

Heather Moran, executive VP of programming, strategy and operations, will also assume that post globally. She is to oversee global production management, production services and operations and business systems.

All three execs – Mykura, Eyres and Moran – report to Pastore.

Over at Nat Geo Wild, Geoff Daniels, executive VP and GM of the net, now assumes the role globally. National Geographic Studios is to report to Daniels on all productions for Nat Geo Wild, and the exec will continue to report to Monroe.

Janet Han Vissering, senior VP of development and production for Wild, will continue to work under Daniels, and also have a global remit.

Meanwhile, Brad Dancer - who in October was upped to executive VP of programming planning and research – now takes on the position in a global capacity. He will oversee the global planning and scheduling strategies as well as acquisitions for National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo Mundo across linear and non-linear platforms. The exec also reports to Monroe.

Joining Dancer’s team is Jules Oldroyd, who will re-locate from London – where she was senior VP of programming and strategic development for NGCI – to Washington DC. She will work with Dancer on international program planning and scheduling for NGC and Nat Geo Wild, and on aligning global roll-outs for premiere programming.

Oldroyd will also oversee Nat Geo People.

The reshuffled exec roster follows the expanded partnership between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox.

National Geographic in September sold its controlling stake in the cable channel as well as National Geographic magazine and other publishing, travel and licensing assets, in a deal worth US$725 million, creating National Geographic Partners. 21st Century Fox now has a 73% share in the company, while the Society has a 27% stake.

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