21st Century Fox-owned National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe has been reupped to head the cable network as president ahead of the planned Disney-Fox merger, following a record 18 Emmy nominations for both National Geographic and National Geographic WILD this summer, along with the record box office success of feature doc Free Solo.
In the role, Monroe will continue to oversee global programming, as well as operations and marketing for Nat Geo channels around the world, including National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO. Monroe also oversees NG Studios, the company’s in-house production unit, as well as the recently established National Geographic Documentary Films banner.
She will continue to report to Gary Knell, chairman of National Geographic Partners, and work closely with Peter Rice, president of 21st Century Fox and chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group.
Prior to becoming global CEO in 2015, Monroe served as CEO of National Geographic Channels U.S. She first joined the network as chief marketing officer, where she managed all aspects of brand marketing and oversaw consumer and trade communications.
Before joining Nat Geo, she served as EVP of consumer marketing and digital platforms for HBO, responsible for the marketing of the HBO and Cinemax brands and programming across all platforms.
Other members of the Nat Geo executive creative team have also been promoted.
Geoff Daniels will become EVP of global unscripted entertainment for National Geographic Channels, after holding the position on an interim basis. He assumes the role immediately and will oversee all development and production for unscripted programming for both National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD. Daniels will continue to report to Monroe from Nat Geo’s Washington DC headquarters.
Meanwhile, Carolyn Bernstein has been upped to EVP of global scripted content and documentary films, expanding on her role as head of global scripted content and production with oversight of feature documentaries released under the National Geographic Documentary Films banner. She will continue to report to Monroe from Nat Geo’s Los Angeles office.
“We’re very excited to build on Courteney’s successful strategy, which has resulted in year-over-year growth, generated unprecedented critical acclaim and significantly raised the profile of National Geographic,” said Knell, in a statement. “I have no doubt that Courteney will continue to drive growth and success for our brand around the world.”
“I’m extremely fortunate to work with such talented executives as Geoff and Carolyn,” added Monroe. “The combination of Geoff’s outstanding strategic and creative leaderships skills, along with his wealth of experience in factual entertainment, make him the perfect person to lead our unscripted business. And with Carolyn’s proven track record in developing premium scripted projects, I’m looking forward to elevating our National Geographic Documentary Films banner even further.”