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Howard T. Owens named president, National Geographic Channels U.S.

The Reveille founding partner will replace Steve Schiffman, with Michael Cascio upped to executive vice president of programming for NGC U.S. and former HBO marketing head Courteney Monroe named as chief marketing officer.
November 4, 2011

Changes are afoot at National Geographic Channels U.S., with Reveille founding partner Howard T. Owens appointed as president, replacing Steve Schiffman.

Owens will work closely with and report to David Lyle, chief executive officer, National Geographic Channels U.S. and Global Programming, and will oversee the programming, development, communications, research and business affairs units at the U.S. networks – National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo – while also working closely on the strategic business efforts of the networks’ ad sales and affiliate teams. Schiffman, with Nat Geo since 2002, will stay at the network through a transition period.

“I have known Howard for more than a decade, and I am confident he is the right person at the right time to take our network into our next era,” said Lyle. “His leadership, creativity, passion and vision is unmatched in this business, and is just what we need to drive our networks forward.”

A founding partner of Reveille, Owens left the prodco last June. While there, he oversaw such series as 30 Days, The Biggest Loser, The Restaurant and Nashville Star, and served as sole managing director following the departure of Mark Koops in 2010. Prior to Reveille, Owens was an agent with William Morris Agency.

Courteney Monroe comes to Nat Geo U.S. Channels from HBO, where she was EVP, consumer marketing and digital platforms. She will join the company in January of 2012. She will also report to Lyle.

Michael Cascio, with NGC since 2004 when he joined as SVP, production, has been serving in the role of EVP, programming, for NGC U.S. the past few months, said Lyle, “and this announcement recognizes the leadership and talent he is already bringing to our network.” Cascio will report to Owens. Geoff Daniels remains senior vice president for Nat Geo Wild.

Elsewhere in the company, Chris Albert has been upped to SVP, communications worldwide and talent relations.

About The Author
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.

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