Hamish Mykura


Nat Geo hires Discovery hire for UK post

National Geographic’s UK base is adding Discovery Communications exec Bernadette McDaid to its ranks. McDaid has been named commissioning editor for the 21st Century Fox-owned pay TV group. She will develop and oversee programming for National Geographic channels in the UK and internationally, reporting to executive VP of programming and development Hamish Mykura (pictured). She […]

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 […]

Discovery poaches Nat Geo’s Sayer

Discovery Networks International has poached factual production veteran Ed Sayer to join Phil Craig’s new look content team. Sayer will be VP, production and development, factual, reporting to DNI executive VP and chief creative officer Craig, who has been looking to define a new style of high-end factual programming dubbed ‘new chip’ since joining from […]

Fox starts lab for format ideas out of Asia

Fox International Channels is teaming with Singaporean regulator and funding body the Media Development Authority to create a local formats lab. The pair said the formats incubator will support the development of local content in Asian and “ramp up creation of international TV content by local production companies”. In its first phase, the Fox Formats […]

Quick-turnaround Nepal doc for Sky 1, Nat Geo

The UK’s Sky 1 and National Geographical Channels International are getting a quick turnaround doc on the Nepal earthquake disaster, as a second quake today threatens thousands of lives. Today, two weeks after a major earthquake took 8,000 lives in the Asian country, a second quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck. The BBC […]

Nat Geo hires London content exec

National Geographic Channels International has hired Simon Young to commission and exec produce series from its London content hub. Young will work across the NGCI slate and also commission for the international arm of National Geographic Channel. As commissioning executive producer, Young will report to Hamish Mykura, NGCI’s executive VP, and head of international content. […]

Nat Geo buys Hitler’s Last Year

National Geographic Channels International has acquired WWII special Hitler’s Last Year. NGCI will put the two-part doc out on its international channels later this year. It will also go out on Nat Geo in the US. The doc is sold by France-based distributor Zed, which struck the Nat Geo deal. It documents the final year of […]

Nat Geo orders ITV Studios Norway ob doc

National Geographic Channels International has commissioned an ob-doc about Scandinavian tow truck drivers from ITV Studios Norway. The untitled doc is NGCI’s first format fully shot in Norway, and its first with ITVS Norway. It will go out across the 21st Century Fox-backed broadcaster’s European channels footprint. The show follows “the wild and rugged men […]

Nat Geo performs Dino Autopsy, revives Explorer

National Geographic Channel has commissioned a two-hour special that will see scientists, anatomists and vets build an anatomically correct Tyrannosaurus Rex, and is also bringing back a long-running doc strand. The show will use “cutting-edge special effects” and input from specialists to create a picture of the giant dinosaur. It will debut this summer. Impossible […]

Nat Geo hires international commissioner from Fox

National Geographic Channels International has recruited Mark Francis to commission original factual content for its channels around the world from its London content hub. Francis will be vice president, global acquisitions, at NGCI. He joins from Fox International Channels Asia-Pacific and Middle East where, as VP, production and development for factual and unscripted, commissioning for […]