National Geographic Channels takes Lyle for West Coast office

The former Fox Look president will oversee the company's new LA-based development office, while Bridget Whalen Hunnicutt, Michael Mavretic and Shannon Malone get upped and Travel Channel's Charlie Parsons comes aboard.
March 24, 2011

(Photo: David Lyle at the Realscreen Summit, by Rahoul Ghose)

As tipped by realscreen last week, former Fox Look president David Lyle is taking on a new role with National Geographic Channels, as the company opens a West Coast development office.

Lyle will oversee the office on an interim basis, and will work closely with Bridget Whalen Hunnicutt, now officially upped to senior vice president of global development. The company says that in the new role, Lyle will draw from his factual and unscripted programming experience, as well as his background as a former exploration geologist, geophysicist and high school chemistry teacher.

While discussing the shutdown of Fox Look with realscreen last week, Lyle said he’d been talking to David Hill, who now oversees National Geographic Channel for Fox Networks Group, about a possible role there. “He’s very difficult to say no to,” Lyle said at the time.

National Geographic Channels has also upped Michael Mavretic and Shannon Malone to directors of global development for National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild, and has brought on Charlie Parsons, most recently senior director of content for Travel Channel Media, as vice president of global development. Parsons will develop new projects, unearth new talent for programming and act as a main point of contact for international producers.

“Our very talented development team is a force within the non-fiction arena and already has highly productive relationships with top producers around the world as well as the West Coast,” said Steve Schiffman, president of National Geographic Channels U.S. “Now with the help of Mr. Lyle and our new LA office, we will be able to expand our pipeline into the epicenter of the entertainment industry to further merge their capabilities with the trust and qualities of our amazing brand.”

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.