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Nat Geo secures Royal Wedding specials from Spun Gold

National Geographic is the latest broadcaster to unveil its plans for the upcoming marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with two royal wedding specials premiering later in May. Leading up to the wedding, National Geographic will premiere Prince Harry’s Story: Four Royal Weddings, which charts Harry’s journey from childhood through the prism of key […]

TBI Factual: Year in Review

If scripted TV dominates the headlines at the moment, 2016 served up a few factual blockbusters. Genre-bending National Geographic series Mars married golden age scripted TV with documentary, Making a Murderer became watercooler (internet) TV and reinvigorated the true crime genre, and Leonardo DiCaprio brought some A-list movie star power to feature docs.   Planet […]

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 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 […]

Fox hires Bekker replacement for Africa

Fox International Channels has recruited Ratna Siriah (below left) as general manager of its operations in Africa, filling a role vacated by Hannelie Bekker. Siriah joins from Cat 2 where she worked in the launch a dubbed Bollywood channel in Africa. She has also worked for several FMCG companies outside of the TV sector. She […]

News brief: Alfred Haber lands Wicked Tuna

Alfred Haber Television has picked up international rights to Nat Geo reality series Wicked Tuna. The US-based distributor has already sold the show to RTL in Germany and French DTT channel RMC Découverte. AHTI has lanced the free TV rights and will sell the popular series internationally. It will package 25 selected episodes of the […]

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 […]

Fox strikes Nat Geo deal with China’s Tencent

Fox International Channels has agreed a deal with Chinese online video site Tencent, which will launch a National Geographic branded block. The pair will also make programming together as part of the agreement. Nat Geo is part of the FIC stable of channels and the block on Tencent Video will be programmed with docs from the […]

News brief: GRB snags train and drinking show Chug

GRB Entertainment has taken international rights to Chug, the upcoming National Geographic Channel travel series. The show follows Zane Lamprey as he travels to exotic locations by train in search of local food, customs, alcoholic beverages and drinking buddies. “We’ve long been fans of Zane’s style and adventurous nature which is a huge part of […]

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 […]

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