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Geoff Daniels out at Nat Geo as part of Disney layoffs

Geoff Daniels, most recently executive vice president of unscripted programming at National Geographic and a veteran executive with the Disney-owned network, has left the company as part of a round of layoffs ...
December 9, 2020

Geoff Daniels, most recently executive vice president of unscripted programming at National Geographic and a veteran executive with the Disney-owned network, has left the company as part of a round of layoffs enacted last Thursday (Dec. 3) within Disney’s General Entertainment Content and Walt Disney TV units, Realscreen has confirmed.

In his most recent role, Daniels (pictured) oversaw all development and production for unscripted programming for both National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild. As part of his remit, he oversaw specials, tent-pole events and franchise series for National Geographic Networks, including such recent fare as One Strange Rock 2, Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted, The Curiosity of Jeff Goldblum and Yellowstone Live.

Prior to this post, he served as general manager of Nat Geo Wild, and before that, as SVP of development and production for National Geographic Channels International. He first joined Nat Geo in 1998 as director of development for National Geographic Television & Film.

Daniels’ team will now report to National Geographic Content president Courteney Monroe. Prior to her current title, which was bestowed upon her during another recent reshuffle at Disney involving its General Entertainment Content division, Monroe was president of National Geographic Global Networks. She continues to oversee Nat Geo content development production for Disney+ and the Nat Geo-branded linear networks. She will also continue to be part of the senior leadership team under Gary Knell, who oversees National Geographic Partners, the joint venture between the National Geographic society and Disney.

Also impacted by last Thursday’s layoffs at Disney: Vicky Dummer, head of current series programming at ABC Entertainment and a veteran executive with ABC, having joined the network in 1996.

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