National Geographic


Disney secures $66bn 21st Century Fox entertainment takeover

The Walt Disney Company has secured a US$66 billion deal that hands it most of 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets, marking a seismic moment in recent entertainment history. The deal effectively brings to an end Rupert Murdoch’s long career in entertainment media empire building, though he retains control of News Corp, which is […]

Viu orders BBC Worldwide India-produced adventure original

Viu, the Asian VOD service, is set to launch its first adventure reality show I Can You Can this week, which is produced by BBC Worldwide India. The streamer has partnered with health brand Nicotex for the series, which aims to stop people smoking. I Can You Can, is a six-episode series that showcases the […]

Iger could remain Disney CEO after Fox deal closes

Disney chief Bob Iger might not be done just yet. Reports claim Iger might re-up in his role as CEO of The Walt Disney Company after closure of an agreement for various 21st Century Fox assets. The development came shortly after news that Fox chief James Murdoch could become CEO of the merged entity, with […]

Fox launches Nat Geo on-demand service in Europe & Africa

Fox Networks Europe & Africa is following up the launch of on-demand service Fox+ with a new non-demand factual service, National Geographic+. The new service will provide access to National Geographic’s catalogue of content, organised thematically, with portals to serve interest areas including Space, Egypt, World Cultures, Deep-sea Exploration and Human Body. Fox said that […]

Blue Ant TV boss steps down in rejig

Blue Ant Media’s CEO of television and digital, Raja Khanna, is leaving the Canadian content business after more than a decade. He will leave his post at the end of the year, as the company continues to position itself as an international production, distribution and channels operation. “In order to deliver on our growth strategy, […]

Nat Geo orders tech bubble drama hybrid

National Geographic is to examine the bursting of 1990s tech bubble in a six-part drama-documentary hybrid series. Valley of the Boom will come from STXtv, and is billed as an “adrenaline-fueled ride through the culture of speculation, innovation and debauchery” that came before the bubble burst towards the beginning of Silicon Valley. Matthew Carnahan is […]

Blue Ant builds out global division with hires

Canada-based international producer and distributor Blue Ant Media has appointed Aser Group’s Beatrice Lee (pictured) and National Geogarphic’s Carlyn Staudt for its newly launched kids and global division. The hires come as Blue Ant rapidly expands internationally after buying David Haslingden’s Racat Group. Lee has been appointed to the newly created role as CEO for […]

David Lyle passes away aged 67

Former Fox, National Geographic and FremantleMedia chief David Lyle has passed away aged 67. The well-liked and much-respected executive succumbed after a long fight with cancer on Thursday at his home in LA. The Australia-born Lyle was permanent figure at international markets such as MIPCOM, and was widely respected for his humorous, straight-talking approach to […]

A+E content chief joins Nat Geo

A+E Networks’ Christian Drobnyk has joined National Geographic Global Networks as executive VP of programming strategy and acquisitions. Drobnyk will focus on National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo Mundo, reporting to Nat Geo Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe. He joins from Disney-backed channels group A+E, where he was senior VP of programming strategy, […]

Nat Geo hires Discovery hire for UK post

National Geographic’s UK base is adding Discovery Communications exec Bernadette McDaid to its ranks. McDaid has been named commissioning editor for the 21st Century Fox-owned pay TV group. She will develop and oversee programming for National Geographic channels in the UK and internationally, reporting to executive VP of programming and development Hamish Mykura (pictured). She […]