National Geographic Channels International

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 […]

BBCWW adds two commissioning execs

BBC Worldwide has appointed executives formerly of National Geographic and Viacom respectively to its global commissioning team. Hannah Demidowicz joins from Nat Geo Channels International, where she was commissioning executive and European head of programmes, while Andrea Speziale Bagliacca was most recently Viacom’s VP, commissioning. Both become BBCWW commissioning editors, with Demidowicz reporting in to […]

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 […]

Nat Geo commissions specials out of London hub

National Geographic Channels International has greenlit ‘90s Greatest, 9/11 Rescue Cops and Rosetta: Comet Landing, a trio of specials from its international content hub in London. Nat Geo and UK producer Twofour will make two-part show 90s Greatest, which will focus on the greatest football moments and greatest tragedies of the titular decade. Rosetta: Comet […]

Fox to launch Cosmos on all major US channels

Fox in the US has followed suit from its international channels business by planning to simulcast factual series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey across all of its main networks. The show will debut on Sunday, March 9 at 9pm ET/PT on broadcast net Fox and cable channels National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, […]

Major international lift-off for Fox’s Cosmos

Fox plans to give a day-and-date launch to its upcoming factual series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey in more than 200 territories. The 13-part series, which counts Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane as an exec producer, will premiere on all 90 National Geographic Channels in 180 territories and on 120 Fox International Channels-branded networks in 125 […]

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. […]

Oz net joins Time Scanners team

Australia’s ABC has become the first prebuyer of upcoming history and science series Time Scanners. The 6x60mins factual show comes from UK producer Atlantic Productions and was commissioned by National Geographic Channels International, with US pubcaster PBS and France Televisions also attached as coproducers. ABC is now also onboard. The show uses high-end 3D laser-scanning […]

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 […]

News brief: NGCI, New Zealand net experience Terror in the Skies

National Geographic Channels International and Sky TV in New Zealand are acquired a 4x60mins series that uses user-generated content to tell frightening stories of air disasters. The channels have acquired Terror in the Skies, which Paul Heaney’s TCB Rights distributes. The Arrow Media-produced show first broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK and Smithsonian Channel […]