National Geographic Partners


Nat Geo: Disney’s plan is our plan

Nat Geo’s EVP of programming strategy and acquisitions Christian Drobnyk has said that “Disney’s direct-to-consumer plan is Nat Geo’s plan” as it pushes aggressively for streaming rights. “Exclusivity and global rights, including SVOD rights, is important to us,” the exec, who boarded Nat Geo from A+E Networks last year, told TBI. “We need to have […]

New CEO to succeed Moore at National Geographic Partners

National Geographic Society (NGS) boss Gary Knell will be the next CEO of National Geographic Partners (NGP). He will succeed Declan Moore, who has the run the business since its inception two years ago. NGP came into being in September 2015 when 21st Century Fox took control of its programming joint venture with NGS, which […]

Vice & Nat Geo partner for LatAm series

National Geographic Partners and Vice Media have teamed up for, Explorer, a multi-platform series that seeks to investigate some the contemporary issues that affect the lives of people across major Latin American cities. With the contribution of National Geographic explorers, Vice has been commissioned to produce the 14-part series, with different hosts traveling the continent […]

Nat Geo swoops on Netflix & AOL execs

National Geographic Partners (NGP) has poached digital execs from Netflix and AOL. Kyle Christensen and David Miller have joined to expand the digital team at NGP, which 21st Century Fox majority-owns with the National Geographic Society as a minority partner. Christensen joins from Netflix and becomes VP of channels social and digital strategy, while Miller […]

Ex-Nat Geo topper to lead Blue Ant networks unit

Producer, distributor and channel operator Blue Ant Media has launched a global networks division to support its international expansion efforts. Former National Geographic Partners COO Ward Platt will lead the division, taking up the newly created role of CEO, global networks and kids. The global networks division will manage: Blue Ant’s joint venture with AT&T, […]

Nat Geo hires HBO exec amid changes

Mars network National Geographic Partners (NGP) has named HBO’s Chris Spencer as executive vice president of creative as they continue to “reinvigorate” its global brand. In the newly created role, Spencer will report to National Geographic Global Network’s CEO, Courteney Monroe. He will oversee the premium marketing creative strategy and execution for the NGP portfolio. […]

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 […]

Fox Networks Group’s veteran CFO to step down

Fox Networks Group’s (FNG’s) long-standing chief finance officer (CFO), Del Mayberry, is due to step down after more than 30 years at the company. FNG’s executive VP, business operations and development, Ravi Ahuja, will take over the CFO role. In his new post Ahuja will directly manage finance and accounting and will continue to oversee […]

Fox reshuffles Nat Geo Partners pack

Several National Geographic Partners executives will change roles after an international restructure. This follows 21st Century Fox taking control of its joint venture with the National Geographic Society and the establishment of National Geographic Partners. Two changes see Fox Networks Group’s general manager for Mexico, Lorenzo Orozco (below, right) named NGP’s GM and senior VP […]

Nat Geo to launch VR studio, Instagram series

National Geographic has unveiled plans to form a virtual reality studio and announced plans for its first Instagram video series. At its Digital Content NewFronts event in New York, Nat Geo said that NG VR STUDIO will put viewers “on the ground alongside Nat Geo explorers, photographers and storytellers through Nat GeoVR”. The factual broadcaster […]