Former Discovery executive Brooke Runnette has been named as president of National Geographic Television, the factual company’s production arm.
This follows the departure of Maryanne Culpepper earlier this year.
Runnette joined National Geographic Channel last month as vice president of development and special projects. However, now she will transition over to become president of its documentary production division. She was previously executive producer and director of development for specials, including Discovery’s Shark Week series.
She will report to John Fahey, chairman and chief executive of National Geographic Society.
“Our top priority at National Geographic Television is finding and producing the best content and original programming to support the international growth and influence of our cable channels around the world,” said Fahey. “Brooke joined the National Geographic Channels just as we were searching for the right executive to lead our television production group, and we quickly realized that she was the perfect fit for that key role — with the passion, drive, experience and industry knowledge that can continue and build the National Geographic Television franchise.”
“We were thrilled to have Brooke join National Geographic Channels, and this next step will further our important partnership with National Geographic Television,” added David Lyle, CEO, National Geographic Channels. “The role of NGT in expanding upon our recent success will be critical, and Brooke is exactly the partner we will need to make this happen.”