Hank Palmieri, head of National Geographic’s feature film division, died Sept. 18 of metastatic melanoma in Malibu. He was 43.

Palmieri worked on dozens of National Geographic projects, including 1997′s “The Stanley and Livingstone Story” and the upcoming miniseries “Undaunted Courage,” based on the Stephen Ambrose book about Lewis and Clark.

He began his career at Vista Films, working in development and production.

Palmieri also supervised the daily operation of production companies for directors Roland Joffe and Richard Donner before joining National Geographic.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, his father and two brothers.

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