US GAMECHANGER 2017: Nat Geo CEO Courteney Monroe

 “This is my first time attending the TV Festival and I am honoured to be included in what is always an illustrious line-up.  It is an incredible and prestigious platform and I very much look forward to participating.”
Courteney Monroe

National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe is the first name to be added to the Gamechangers’ strand at this year’s Festival.

Monroe oversees global programming, operations and marketing for the portfolio of National Geographic channels around the world, as well as heading up in-house producer National Geographic Studios.

Working alongside Fox Networks Group Chairman and CEO Peter Rice, who attended last year’s Festival, Monroe is establishing partnerships with A-list creative talent and embracing a “fewer, bigger, better” mantra.

Monroe aims to position the channel as a global leader in premium science, adventure and exploration programming and has been instrumental in programmes such as MARS, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s acclaimed genre-busting series that followed the quest to survive Mars and the story of those who became a multi-planetary species. It premiered to 30 million worldwide and has just been recommissioned for a second series.

Other credits include the critically acclaimed Before the Flood, a climate change feature documentary from Academy Award-winning executive producers Leonardo DiCaprio and Fisher Stevens; critically-acclaimed feature documentary He Named Me Malala, an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai; and The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, a global series exploring mankind’s quest to understand the divine.

Monroe will discuss her strategy for the year ahead for the portfolio of channels including Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo People and Nat Geo MUNDO.

Advisory Chair, Diederick Santer said: “The Gamechangers strand, returning for a third year, always features a stellar line-up of executives and creatives, and we have some inspirational names in the mix for 2017. We are delighted to be welcoming Courteney to the Festival to discuss creatively ambitious programming such as Mars.”

CEO, National Geographic Global Networks, Courteney Monroe said: “This is my first time attending the TV Festival and I am honoured to be included in what is always an illustrious line-up.  It is an incredible and prestigious platform and I very much look forward to participating.”

Past speakers on the hugely successful Gamechangers strand have included: Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO for the Fox Networks Group, Bryan Singer, director, Patrick Moran, Executive Vice President, ABC Studios, Keli Lee, MD of International Content and Talent for the ABC Entertainment Group, Michael Ellenberg, executive vice-president HBO Programming, John Landgraf, CEO FX, Roy Price, director Amazon Studios, Paul Lee, president ABC Entertainment Group, Rich Ross, group president Discovery US, and David Nevins, president Showtime.

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