Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for National Geographic, is leaving the cable network, effective June 1.
In an internal memo sent to Nat Geo staff on Wednesday (May 30), Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks, said that Geoff Daniels, global EVP and GM for Nat Geo Wild, would step into Pastore’s role, overseeing unscripted content for both National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild while a search for a permanent replacement is conducted over the next few months.
“It goes without saying that Tim was an instrumental part of our transformation, and I will be forever grateful to Tim and his team for dedicating themselves to our new programming vision,” she wrote.
Pastore also shared his thoughts with staff in the memo, stating: “I wanted to write to you personally to let you know that after four incredible years as president of programming for National Geographic Channels, I have decided that it’s time to pursue new opportunities.
“My departure brings to a close an incredibly proud chapter in my career — one that began with a bush flight into the Arctic creating a series called Life Below Zero (soon to hit 100 episodes!) and forging my relationship with this magnificent brand and company,” he continued. “I will always cherish working alongside all of you amazingly talented and passionate individuals. I am grateful for having had the opportunity as we moved this brand into the future.
“Together we forged new creative partnerships with world-class talent; we broke new genres as we went to Mars and explored one strange rock; we envisioned how to entertain with purpose by tackling climate change, ISIS, race and gender relations; and we launched a documentary film banner landing two films on the Oscar shortlist within our first year. We did this and so much more, and always with grace and style.
“Thank you to everyone who showed up each and every day with a daring commitment to pursue excellence. Every foot you put forward was your best, and that I will always remember.”
Based in National Geographic’s New York office, Pastore oversaw all development, production and operations teams in New York, Washington, D.C and London, as well as the in-house production unit, National Geographic Studios. Prior to moving into the programming role at the network, Pastore served as EVP of production and development for the Studios arm.
Prior to joining National Geographic Studios, he served as vice president of factual programming and production at BBC Worldwide Productions.
The channels are part of the National Geographic Partners joint venture majority-owned by 21st Century Fox. In December of last year, Disney offered US$52.4 billion for various 21st Century Fox assets, including National Geographic. That deal has since been challenged by a bid being prepared by Comcast for those assets.
“I know change is hard, especially at a time when we face uncertainty as a company, but rest assured that Geoff and I both have a clear vision for what we need to do and we are excited, as we enter a new fiscal year, to continue along our transformational path,” wrote Monroe in her memo regarding Pastore’s departure.