Former National Geographic Channels president Howard T. Owens is going back to independent TV production with the launch of Propagate Content, a company set to create, develop, produce and distribute programming for cable, broadcast, and digital. Owens has brought in a partner in the new venture, former A&E general manager David McKillop, who will serve as Propagate Content’s chief creative officer. Owens is CEO. A&E’s parent company, A+Networks, is an equity partner in the new company.
McKillop, who left his post as A&E GM in executive restructuring last month, has a long track record with A+E Networks, having served as SVP Development and Programming at History, then as EVP Programming for A&E and Bio and ultimately EVP and GM for A&E.
Before his stint at Nat Geo, Owens was a founding partner in independent company Reveille, also with financial packing from a TV network company, Barry Diller’s USA Networks.
“With the freedom to develop and produce for any network or platform and our own international distribution arm to sell content globally, Propagate Content is the company I have always envisioned,” said Owens. Added McKillop, “Though we’re very different people, Howard and I share a track record of entrepreneurial creativity and hit-making.”