Nat Geo


Disney-Fox merger sees scores of job losses at Nat Geo

National Geographic is feeling the impact of the Disney-Fox merger, with scores of employees set to be laid off. According to Variety, around 70 to 80 staff will be affected by a round of lay-offs, which will largely impact the brand’s publishing and events division. The move comes as Disney – in a drive to […]

BBC Studios teams with James Cameron for first Nat Geo commission

BBC Studios has secured its first Nat Geo commission, teaming with Titanic director James Cameron (pictured) on a multi-part series on the oceans. Mission OceanX (working title) is a six-part series that unites the BBC Studios Natural History Unit with Cameron and OceanX Media. Combining documentary with blue-chip sequences, the show will follow cutting-edge exploration vessel Alucia2, […]

Nat Geo’s Igal Svet boards Discovery

Nat Geo exec Igal Svet is boarding Discovery. Svet has been appointed VP of production and development, tasked with building out Discovery’s event programming, docs and specials. The New York-based exec will relocate to LA for the role, in which he will report into Howard Swartz, SVP of production and development, who himself returned to […]

Nat Geo picks up ‘USS Indianapolis’ doc from Drive

Nat Geo has bought a doc special about the tragic fate of cruiser USS Indianapolis, which was torpedoed and sunk in 1945.  The Disney-owned channel bought the 60-minute doc from production-funding and distribution agency Drive for Nat Geo channels worldwide, excluding the US and Canada. Produced by US-based Vulcan Productions and Lone Wolf Media for PBS, […]

Disney+ unveils price point, two-year global expansion

Disney has given investors a first glimpse into its new SVOD service, which is to launch on 12 November with a “rapid” global expansion planned within the next two years. The Mouse House’s long-anticipated Investor Day in Burbank, California, included extensive presentations on Hulu, Hotstar, ESPN+ and Disney+ from execs including chairman and CEO Bob […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to Nat Geo following misconduct investigation

StarTalk host Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to Nat Geo following an internal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. Nat Geo has reportedly completed an investigation into the presenter and has cleared chat show StarTalk to return to air; however, the Fox-owned network has not shared any details into findings from the investigation. “StarTalk will return […]

Nat Geo wins first Oscar with Free Solo

Nat Geo has picked up its first Academy Award with rock climbing doc Free Solo. The Fox-owned cable channel won the Best Documentary Feature prize at the 91st annual Academy Awards on Sunday (25 February), besting the likes of CNN Films’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg doc RBG and Hulu’s Minding The Gap, both of which were serious […]

TCAs: CuriosityStream, Nat Geo, BritBox unveil slates

CuriosityStream finds Speed with Arrow  Media Factual SVOD CuriosityStream – which made its debut at the TCAs this year – has commissioned four-part series Speed from Arrow Media. The series covers engineering breakthroughs that have transformed how fast we can travel on land, in water, through air and into space. The programme spans the 1801 invention of […]

TBI Weekly: Old vs. new money face off for unscripted

A wealth of shiny digital entrants may well suggest TV is currently a supplier’s market, but this week’s Realscreen Summit has been an invaluable reminder that sustainable business models in the unscripted world are still lacking, particularly as stalwarts such as Discovery and Nat Geo endure major upheaval.   “Old money” cable networks and broadcasters […]

How Netflix is shaking up the documentary world

Netflix is raising the bar for factual to premium levels and introducing ‘box sets’ and ‘binge-watching’ into commissioning vocabulary, all while growing traditional broadcasters’ budgets and ambitions for documentary. Tim Dams reports. Netflix has famously spent its way into the homes of viewers around the world by backing original dramas such as The Crown, 13 […]

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