National Geographic Channels U.S. has named Tim Pastore (pictured) as its president of original programming and production.
The veteran factual producer will begin transitioning from his role as executive VP of production and development for National Geographic Studios (NGS), and will assume the new post at the American cable network on August 18.
His responsibilities will include overseeing development, production and production management for National Geographic Channel, which produces around 400 hours of original programming annually.
The promotion follows an executive shuffle in April that saw the departures of former National Geographic Channels U.S. president Howard T. Owens and CEO David Lyle, with the latter being replaced by chief marketing officer Courteney Monroe.
“Tim’s taste and sensibility for the National Geographic brand coupled with his incredible success in the factual cable entertainment landscape makes him the perfect person to help us realize the full potential of this network,” said Monroe in a statement. “As the creator of hit series including our very own Life Below Zero, I am excited to partner with Tim to create smart, brand definitional, original, entertaining fare our viewers will love.”
Pastore will be based in New York and will oversee teams in New York, Los Angeles and Washington DC, while also working with Hamish Mykura, exec VP and head of international content for National Geographic Channels International.
He will also work closely with exec VP of programming and strategy Heather Moran, and senior VP of programming and development Alan Eyres, both of whom will report to him. Geoff Daniels remains exec VP and general manager for Nat Geo Wild and reports to Monroe.
During his tenure at NGS, the company’s production arm, Pastore headed up the development and execution of the production slate, which included programming for NGC, Nat Geo Wild and PBS. He also oversaw the network’s show Brain Games, and developed and exec produced the upcoming series Live Free or Die (which will premiere in October) and Mapology, starring Kal Penn.
Before joining NGS in 2013, Pastore was the VP of factual programming and production at BBC Worldwide Productions, and exec produced Discovery Channel series Gold Rush, Dual Survival and Flying Wild Alaska.