Former Nat Geo exec joins Environmental Film Festival

Maryanne Culpepper (pictured), former president of National Geographic Studios, has been appointed to the role of executive director at the Washington DC-based festival.
July 11, 2016

Maryanne Culpepper (pictured), former president of National Geographic Studios, has been appointed to the role of executive director for the Washington DC-based Environmental Film Festival.

Culpepper – who assumed the new position on July 1 – previously spent 17 years with National Geographic Studios and Ventures, having first joined the non-fiction studio in 1996 as senior VP of story development before rising through the ranks to become executive VP of editorial and new business, where she was charged with developing 125-plus hours of award-winning series and documentaries annually.

She would eventually be elevated to president in 2011, where she was responsible for creating forward business strategy and supervising content development and production of all shows.

She is also the owner and executive producer of media company Graffiti Works, as well as adjunct professor and former Shapiro Fellow at George Washington University.

Culpepper currently serves on the board of the New York Wild Film Festival and the advisory board for Women in Film and Video in Washington DC. She was previously a board member of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

An award-winning indie filmmaker, Culpepper is currently completing production on Vamizi: Cradle of Coral, a natural history doc about endangered coral reefs off the coast of Mozambique.

“[Culpepper] brings the vision, talent and skills we need as we celebrate our 25th anniversary next year and plan our future trajectory, building a more environmentally aware and active community into the next 25 years and beyond,” said Environmental Film Festival board chair Caroline Gabel in a statement.

“I’ll be looking for ways to expand the Festival’s impact and online presence, engage millennial audiences and connect filmmakers with opportunities to make a difference in our world,” added Culpepper.

The 25th edition of the festival will take place from March 14 to 26, 2017.

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