National Geographic Channels International

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, […]

Broadcasters buy new David Attenborough series

Atlantic Productions has sold its two-part documentary David Attenborough’s Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates to a host of broadcasters. National Geographic Channels International, ABC in Australia and TVNZ have acquired the show, which was originally commissioned by the BBC in the UK. The two-parter looks at the evolution of vertebrates, taking in key […]

Pioneer gets pair of PBS commissions

US broadcaster PBS has ordered two shows from UK indie producer Pioneer Productions. Six-parter Secrets is a follow-up to Secrets of the Manor House, which is part of a successful strand of UK programming on PBS. The series will profile six British institutions including Selfridges and Scotland Yard. PBS has international rights to the show. […]

Nat Geo preps reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

National Geographic Channels International will launch a modernised version of iconic space series Cosmos across its 170 channels in 2014. The series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, will air on Fox and Nat Geo in the US next spring. Both are owned by News Corp. The show will be a reboot of the classic thirteen-part space […]

FIC Asia adds syndication chief

Fox International Channels Asia has appointed a head of affiliated partnerships and syndication to work on bespoke products for local markets. Alex Lambeek, who joins from Indonesian DTH satellite operator Aora, will lead FIC’s efforts to work with platform operators to create tailor-made versions of its products, particularly in mobile, non-linear and multi-screen extensions. He […]

FIC promotes Platt to NGCI top job, Gandevia takes Asia

Fox International Channels has promoted its Asia Pacific boss Ward Platt to FIC COO and CEO of distributor National Geographic Channels International, with Zubin Gandevia also being elevated. Platt will relocate to LA from his current base in Hong Kong, where he is president, Asia Pacific and Middle East, at the News Corp channels business. […]

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 […]