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Tim Pastore named president of Nat Geo Channels U.S.

The veteran factual producer (pictured) will move from National Geographic Studios on August 18, into the role of president of original programming and production for the U.S. cable network.
July 22, 2014

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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