Nat Geo shutters West Coast office

U.S. net National Geographic Channel is shuttering its LA outpost as it focuses on consolidating operations in just Washington DC and New York. (Pictured L-R: CEO Courteney Monroe and president of programming Tim Pastore)
December 3, 2014

U.S. net National Geographic Channel is shuttering its Los Angeles outpost as it focuses on consolidating operations in Washington DC and New York, realscreen has confirmed.

A Nat Geo spokesperson said the move comes after the company’s CEO Courteney Monroe (pictured, left) and president of original programming and production Tim Pastore (right) decided to focus creative power out of two offices rather than three, though the company will still be conducting business with West Coast partners.

All five employees at the Los Angeles office have been offered relocation packages, the spokesperson confirmed.

Both Monroe and Pastore joined Nat Geo following a major personnel restructure in April that saw David Lyle exit as CEO of the company. Pastore was upped from his prior role as exec VP of production and development for Nat Geo Studios in August.

The spokesperson said that while the LA office had been productive, “sustaining minor satellite offices is not as effective as creating a major creative hub in one additional city beyond DC.

“All employees in LA – totaling five – are being offered relocation packages,” they added. “Creative consolidation between two offices and specifically increasing our footprint in New York will allow NGC to be an even stronger force in the non-fiction industry. We of course will still be conducting business as usual with our LA-based partners, and it is worth noting that one of our parent companies – Fox – obviously still has a substantial footprint in LA.

“Most importantly, there will be no interruption to our business and our relationships with the creative community, and our top executives will continue to have an ongoing presence in Los Angeles.”

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