National Geographic

Nat Geo poaches BBC Studios’ Tom McDonald to lead global factual & unscripted

National Geographic has hired senior BBC Studios factual exec Tom McDonald as EVP of global factual & unscripted content. Joining the company in June, McDonald will report to Courteney Monroe, president of National Geographic content. He will become one of Monroe’s top creative chiefs, alongside Carolyn Bernstein, EVP of scripted and feature documentaries. In this […]

Nat Geo, RMC Découverte & SRF Switzerland ink Autentic factual deals

National Geographic, France’s RMC Découverte and SRF Switzerland are among the broadcasters to pick up new factual content following deals with Germany’s Autentic Distribution. The 6 x 45-minute Colossal Machines has been pre-bought by National Geographic. The science series, about some of the world’s largest machines, which is produced by Go Button Media and Autentic, […]

Nat Geo inks first-look Westbrook deal & expands adventure slate

Disney-backed National Geographic is expanding its adventure-based slate, by signing a five-year first-look unscripted deal with Westbrook Studios and making a slew of new commissions. The Westbrook agreement covers the development of all unscripted projects in the areas of adventure, exploration, travel and science for all of National Geographic’s TV platforms and its Disney+ originals. […]

Nat Geo explores 9/11 with anniversary docuseries

National Geographic in the US has ordered a six-part docuseries to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York City, Washington DC and Pennsylvania in the US. The series, 9/11: One Day In America, will chronicle the events of that day – at times minute by minute – through the […]

Wildbear Entertainment hires BBC & Nat Geo alum Dr Chadden Hunter

Australian factual firm WildBear Entertainment has hired former BBC and Nat Geo director Dr Chadden Hunter as an executive producer. Hunter previously worked for the BBC’s Natural History Unit and was most recently a producer, director and writer on its blue chip series Seven Worlds, One Planet and Planet Earth 2. He has also been […]

National Geographic unveils spring factual premiere slate

National Geographic has unveiled a raft of factual premieres across its spring schedule, including science, adventure, historical and exploration content. Among the highlights are Red Summer (working title), which is being produced by Trilogy Films and Trailblazer Studios in association with National Geographic Studios and is expected to premiere on National Geographic in June this […]

Nat Geo links with NASA for Lightbox epic ‘Return To the Moon’

US-based National Geographic has ordered a special event series from Simon and Jonathan Chinn’s prodco Lightbox that will offer “an all-access pass” to NASA’s attempt to land the first woman on the moon. Return To The Moon (working title) will track NASA’s Artemis program and the group of astronauts and their colleagues as they attempt […]

News round-up: FilmRise snags ‘MythBusters’; Nat Geo goes underground with Blink; Quibi orders adult animation; UKTV grabs ‘The Bill’

FilmRise takes on MythBusters & Deadly Women sales New York-based acquisition and distribution company FilmRise has acquired select international streaming rights to science show MythBusters and true crime series Deadly Women following a deal with Beyond Distribution. The company will distribute Deadly Women in the UK and MythBusters in both the UK and Australia. FilmRise […]

TBI Factual: How Arrow generated returns from UGC

The way shows are being produced is changing fast and User Generated Content (UGC) is now a key ingredient for many factual series. Lucie Ridout, executive producer at Arrow, highlights how her UK prodco maximised UGC’s potential on a recently launched Nat Geo commission The facts and figures about User Generated Content (UGC) are mind […]

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