(Pictured: JC Mills at Realscreen’s 2011 Factual Entertainment Forum in Santa Monica. Photo: Rahoul Ghose)
U.S. net National Geographic Channel (NGC) has hired JC Mills, currently the East Coast-based VP of business development and acquisitions for Zodiak Rights, to be its new director of development.
Mills will join Nat Geo on January 3, 2012, and will be based in New York City, realscreen can reveal. He reports to VP of development and production Kim Woodard, and will be tasked with developing a variety of programming for the non-fiction network.
His arrival is the latest in a string of changes at Nat Geo. Last week, the network announced it had hired Hamish Mykura, former head of documentaries at UK broadcaster Channel 4, for the dual role of exec VP and head of international content for NGC International, and London head of global development for NGC.
That hire came after Reveille founding partner Howard T. Owens was last month named president of NGC U.S., replacing Steve Schiffman; and after David Lyle was named NGC U.S. CEO in August of this year.
Prior to joining Zodiak Rights in May 2010, Mills served as a sales executive for Shine International, based in the UK, for two and a half years. Zodiak has yet to appoint a replacement for Mills, but is currently recruiting for a replacement in LA.