Courteney Monroe


Nat Geo drops ‘Channel’ from net name

National Geographic is shortening the name of its flagship factual channel following a major rebranding exercise. National Geographic Channel will be known simply as National Geographic in all on- and off-air extensions in the 171 territories it broadcasts in. The rebrand, which unifies the different parts of Nat Geo under one name, comes into effect […]

Nat Geo adds digital and marketing chiefs

The reorganisation of National Geographic is continuing with two new additions joining the TV and publishing giant. Rachel Webber will head up digital at Nat Geo in a newly created role, and Jill Cress will run marketing. Nat Geo has extensively rejigged its management since 21st Century Fox took over the factual giant. Webber will be […]

Nat Geo orders Oyelowo cop drama

National Geographic Channel’s move into high-end drama has now seen it ordered a cop drama starring actor David Oyelowo (Selma). The US cable channel has bought The Black 22s after poaching Endemol Shine Studios executive VP Carolyn G. Bernstein in December 2015. The Black 22s follows the true story of one of the US’s first […]

Nat Geo rejigs global team

National Geographic’s reorganisation under the leadership of Courteney Monroe has continued and she has named the team running the global channels unit at the Fox-owned company. Monroe (left) became the international channels chief under a new structure at the factual giant introduced late last year after Fox took control of Nat Geo. Fox International Channels […]

Nat Geo poaches scripted boss from Endemol Shine

National Geographic’s channels division has hired Endemol Shine Studios exec Carolyn G. Bernstein as executive VP, head of global scripted development and production. Fox-owned Nat Geo has been moving more heavily into scripted TV, as has its main rival, Discovery Communications. At Nat Geo, Bernstein will be based in LA and oversee efforts to expand […]

Nat Geo shakes up management as Fox takes over

21st Century Fox has completed its deal to take control of National Geographic and rejigged its senior management. Courteney Monroe (pictured) will become the international channels chief under the new structure and Fox International Channels exec Ward Platt will be in charge of channel distribution and commercial activity. Fox announced in September that it planned […]

Hollywood stars making eco series for Nat Geo

A raft of Hollywood stars are on board the new series of Years of Living Dangerously, the eco doc from National Geographic. Fox-owned Nat Geo will put the new series out in the US and across its international footprint. It sets out to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and will launch next […]

Howard, Grazer head to Red Planet with Nat Geo

Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and and Michael Rosenberg have partnered with National Geographic Channel on a “groundbreaking global miniseries event”. The Imagine Entertainment trio will executive produce Red Planet (WT) along with Jusin Wilkes and Dave O’Connor from RadicalMedia. The show will launch on Nat Geo in 171 territories and in 44 languages next year. […]

Nat Geo buys Malala movie

National Geographic Channel has acquired the forthcoming feature documentary He Named Me Malala and will play it in 171 territories. The deal with 21st Century Fox-owned Fox Searchlight Pictures means the doc will play on Nat Geo channels around the world next year. The film paints a portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot […]

PactUS formed with ex-Nat Geo chief Lyle

Former National Geographic Channel CEO David Lyle will be the inaugural president of UK indie trade body Pact’s stateside arm. Lyle (left) is currently establishing offices in New York and LA for PactUS, which will seek to give voice to the American indie television production community. He will hire staff to man these bases, and […]