National Geographic

Nat Geo preps Leonardo DiCaprio drama

US cable channel National Geographic is adapting a best-selling Tom Wolfe novel with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions. The 21st Century Fox-owned Nat Geo previously partnered with DiCaprio on major doc Before the Flood, and they will now adapt The Right Stuff together as a scripted series. Warner Horizon Television is also attached to the […]

Gordon Ramsay to speak at MIPCOM 2017

Celebrity chef and TV host Gordon Ramsay and National Geographic’s global networks CEO Courteney Monroe are the first two keynote speakers announced for MIPCOM 2017. Both Ramsay and Monroe’s keynote addresses form part of the overall MIPCOM 2017 conference theme, ‘The global race for creative connections’. During his keynote, scheduled for Monday, October 16, Ramsay […]

Nat Geo attempts marathon record with Nike

US factual channel National Geographic has partnered with footwear brand Nike on a documentary following attempts to break the two-hour marathon barrier. Breaking2 (WT) follows three elite distance runners who tried to break the marathon barrier, with Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge ultimately coming within 25 seconds of the two-hour mark. The doc will air on Nat […]

Nat Geo teams with Jay Z, ups scripted commitment

National Geographic is teaming up with rapper Jay Z and The Weinstein Company to make a doc series, Race (WT). The Fox-owned channels group announced the project at its upfront, alongside a raft of other projects, including three new drama series. Race will be based on Jay Z: The War on Drugs is an Epic […]

Europe ushers through Fox’s Sky takeover

21st Century Fox’s takeover of pay TV giant Sky is one step closer after the European Commission gave the £11.7 billion (US$14.5 billion) deal the go-ahead. The approval is unconditional under EU Merger Regulation, with the EC saying the move posed “no competition concerns”. Criticism for the deal, which would see Fox buy the 61% […]

Fox names Europe, Africa channel distribution chief

Fox Networks Group has put Paolo Agostinelli in charge of channel distribution for Europe and Africa. As executive VP, affiliate distribution, he will oversee deals between FNG and platforms for the Fox, National Geographic, Fox Sports and Baby TV channels in Europe and Africa. He joins FNG in early April, coming to the company from […]

Propagate snags Colombian formats for the US

Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens indie Propagate will take Colombian shows into the US after inking a deal with Caracol, TBI has learned. Silverman has a pedigree of getting Latin American formats away in the US and internationally, having brought Ugly Betty from Colombia to English-language TV. The new deal will see him and the […]

Discovery, Sky both claim victory as dispute is resolved

Discovery Communications’ channels will remain on the Sky platform in the UK and Germany after the pair reached a last-gasp deal in their carriage dispute. Both sides claimed victory as a new deal was reached, with Discovery saying it secured improved terms for its 13-strong bouquet, and Sky saying that Discovery accepted the terms previously […]

Prison sells

Prisons have long been a source of fascination for TV producers – as illustrated by series such as British sitcom Porridge, Australian soap Prisoner Cell Block H and HBO limited series Oz. Right now, though, there are more outstanding prison-themed shows than ever, across both scripted and factual television, reports Andy Fry. Prison might not […]

Nat Geo opens new doc umbrella

National Geographic has created an umbrella imprint that will house its feature documentary projects on the back of its big ticket climate change doc Before the Flood (pictured). National Geographic Documentary Films (NGDF) will sit within the 21st Century Fox-owned cable network, housing projects from Alex Gibney, Sebastian Junger, Simon and Jonathan Chinn, and Brett […]