Simon Young boards NGCI’s global content hub

The former Darlow Smithson producer (pictured) is joining National Geographic Channels International as commissioning executive producer for its London-based global content hub.
April 1, 2015

Former Darlow Smithson producer Simon Young (pictured) is joining National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) as commissioning executive producer for its London-based global content hub.

Reporting to Hamish Mykura - executive VP and head of international content for NGCI – Young is to work across a slate of series and films that are to air on National Geographic Channel in over 170 countries.

Young, who formerly served as an executive producer with Darlow Smithson Productions, most recently oversaw the company’s production of the Channel 4 doc Richard III: The King In The Car Park.

The exec has also worked as a development producer for Pioneer Productions as well as Brook Lapping Productions. His credits include such specials and docuseries as Nazi Megastructures (National Geographic Channel, PBS), Atlas and Atlas 4D (Discovery Channel) and WWI: Finding The Lost Battalions (Channel 4).

“Having previously worked with Simon on specialty programming and seen his star rise, especially with his recent coup in unearthing royal remains, we are very excited to be welcoming him to NGCI’s global content hub,” said Mykura in a statement. “Here, he will be in a position to actively develop programs that leave a lasting cultural legacy across the globe.”

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 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.