National Geographic Channel

Nat Geo’s Pastore to exit

National Geographic Channel’s Tim Pastore (pictured) is to depart his role as president of original programming and production. Pastore will formally depart the company from June 1. He has been in his programming role for four years. Nat Geo Wild’s executive vice president and general manager, Geoff Daniels, will step in Pastore’s role and oversee […]

TVF secures swathe of deals in Australia and New Zealand

London-based factual distributor TVF International has sold a slate of shows to broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand. Inside Windsor Castle, co-commissioned by Channel 5 and Smithsonian, has been picked up by Foxtel, SBS (both Australia) and Sky Prime (NZ) while Foxtel also snapped up CBC crime doc Looking for Mike (44 minutes) and Channel […]

Fox suing Thai bank for $71m over channel fees

Fox Networks Group Asia has begun legal action against Thailand’s largest bank, alleging it is owed more than US$70 million in channel licensing payments. Fox’s Asian arm claims the Bangkok Bank has failed to honour two separate bank guarantees that secured payment for distribution of Fox channels on Thai pay TV operators GMM Grammy and […]

Fox Networks rejigs sales under Fraser, Thomas exits

Simon Thomas has left Fox Networks Group as part of a rejig that sees Prentiss Fraser lead a new-look sales arm, Fox Networks Group Content Distribution, TBI understands. Thomas was executive VP, global sports and content sales at Fox International Channels Content Sales, but has left after 21st Century Fox decided to scrap the Fox […]

C4, Nat Geo team for ISIS drama

Channel 4 and National Geographic Channel are joining forces to make a drama series about a group of young British citizens who leave the country to join the so-called ISIS in Syria. Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall) has created the series, which will run to 4x60mins and be produced by Archery Pictures, the UK indie formed […]

Nat Geo hires Homeland exec for drama push

National Geographic Channel has hired drama executive Hugh Fitzpatrick as it pushes further into scripted TV. Fitzpatrick will be vice president, scripted development and production at Nat Geo, as the Fox-owned channel seeks to ramp up its drama output. He joins from Teakwood Lane, Howard Gordon’s production company which is based at 20th Century Fox […]

Hulu brings Malala to US streaming

US on-demand platform Hulu has acquired exclusive streaming rights to He Named Me Malala, the new David Guggenheim documentary. The doc will debut on the broadcaster-backed service’s subscription tier following its debut on National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Mundo this week. He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of girls’ education campaigner Malala […]

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 preps global Malala launch

National Geographic Channel is prepping a global launch for feature doc He Named Me Malala. The film was released theatrically by Fox Searchlight, part of 21st Century Fox, which also now owns Nat Geo. The US and international TV launch of He Named Me Malala will also see Nat Geo, 21st Century Fox, and the […]

Nat Geo, PBS order Stephen Hawking series

The international National Geographic Channel and US broadcaster PBS have ordered Genius by Stephen Hawking, a new popular science series presented by the world-famous physicist. Fledgling UK indie Bigger Bang TV is producing the six-part series, which sets out to see if ordinary members of the public can think like a genius. In each episode […]

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