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Pastore completes new-look Nat Geo Channels top team

Tim Pastore has been named president, original programming and production at National Geographic Channel. This completes the changes in line-up at the top of Nat Geo that began when CEO David Lyle and president Howard T. Owens exited to be replaced by Courteney Monroe and David Hill, who are now CEO and chairman, respectively. Pastore […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]

Gene Simmons’ son in Nat Geo’s Jesus doc

National Geographic Channel has ordered a drama-documentary about the mysteries surrounding Jesus Christ’s life, which KISS singer Gene Simmonds’ son Nick will star in. Jesus Mysteries is a 1x120mins special from UK producer Jupiter Communications and will launch in the US and internationally this year. The programme will recreate dramatic moments from Jesus’ life “in […]

Oldroyd upped in Nat Geo Channels International reshuffle

Jules Oldroyd (pictured) has been promoted to senior VP, programming strategy and development at National Geographic Channels International as part of a commissioning structure reshuffle. The promotion is the top line announcement of a restructuring at Hamish Mykura’s international content unit. Oldroyd will now oversee globally commissioned programming in the 170 territories outside the US. […]

Comet of the Century impacts Nat Geo schedule

National Geographic has ordered Comet of the Century, a one-off doc about the Ison comet, for its international networks. National Geographic Channels International is coproducing the film with Endemol-owned producer Darlow Smithson and PBS in the US. The special will follow the scientists tracking Ison ahead of its upcoming journey around the sun. Nat Geo […]

Nat Geo replacing Adventure with culture-themed net

National Geographic Channels International is replacing its pay TV channel Adventure with one themed around people and culture early next year. Nat Geo People is billed as offering “unfiltered, intimate access to the true, amazing and inspiring stories of real people all over the world”. The new channel will launch in 50 territories across Europe, […]

Nat Geo goes to UK producers for brain shows

National Geographic Channels International has ordered a new series and four special about the human mind from a range of UK producers. Brain Games has been a big hit for Nat Geo in the US, where the launch of the second season garnered 1.5 million viewers. Ahead of the season two launch internationally later this […]

Epic drama for factual channels

The last decade saw the big factual channels move from documentary led schedules to grids full of factual entertainment and observational docs. History, by commissioning mega-hit miniseries Hatfields and McCoys, has started the next evolution of factual channels and drama is a new battleground among the big networks, reports Stewart Clarke It’s unlikely that the […]

Nat Geo coproducing Jesus miniseries with Sky Vision

National Geographic Channels International and Sky Vision are joining forces to make a miniseries about Jesus and the rise of Christianity. Jesus: Rise to Power is one of a trio of coproductions NGCI has just unveiled. The other two are one-hour film Bones of the Buddha with UK indie Icon Films and feature-length doc Ultimate […]

Nat Geo announces UK version of Doomsday Preppers

The first slate of programmes out of Nat Geo’s new programming hub has been announced and includes a formatted version of Doomsday Preppers and a series with actor and former soccer hard man Vinnie Jones. Three programmes from the content unit, which is run by Hamish Mykura, were announced: Dubai: Ultimate Airport, Vinnie Jones’ Toughest […]