The new National Geographic Partners, announced in September when 21st Century Fox said it will pay $725 million in cash and equity to control The National Geographic Society’s other media assets in addition to its cable channels, now has a senior leadership team under CEO Declan Moore as the deal has closed.
Among the new assignments, Courteney Monroe, currently CEO of National Geographic Channels U.S., will serve as CEO of National Geographic Global Networks, overseeing global programming, operations and global marketing for the portfolio of National Geographic Channels worldwide: National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO. She also will assume oversight of National Geographic Studios, the in-house TV production studio (Brain Games, Explorer).
Ward Platt, currently COO of Fox International Channels and CEO of National Geographic Channels International, will assume the new post of COO of National Geographic Partners and with Moore will oversee the entire portfolio of National Geographic Partners’ businesses including channels distribution, advertising revenue, digital publishing, licensing, travel and consumer products. He also has oversight of the new venture’s international operations.
Monroe recently spearheaded the launch of Breakthrough, from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and green lights for projects including Red Planet and Years of Living Dangerously; we’re hearing the networks will continue to have programming hubs in London, New York and Washington, DC. National Geographic Studios will be incorporated into the channels operations under NGC President of Programming Tim Pastore and WILD GM Geoff Daniels.
Monroe, the chief marketing officer who became CEO of National Geographic Channels in 2014 as part of a revamp that saw the departures of president Howard Owens and David Lyle, will fill out her senior team in the near future.
In other appointments, Susan Goldberg, now Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic magazine, will continue in that capacity and add the title of Editorial Director, responsible for all of the publishing activities under the new venture including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, travel and adventure.
Jeffrey Schneider, currently EVP Business and Legal Affairs for National Geographic Channels, will become EVP of Business and Legal Affairs for National Geographic Partners.