Culpepper succeeds Rosenfeld in post

Maryanne Culpepper is the new president of National Geographic Television, succeeding Michael Rosenfeld, whose departure was announced in March.

Culpepper has been Nat Geo TV’s exec veep of editorial and new business development and has spent 15 years with the company, beginning as director of starting development.

Previously, she produced films for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS and Time-Life, having founded shingle Graffiti Works. She also had a multifaceted career with Alabama Public Television.

“Continuing to expand the reach and influence of National Geographic’s cable channels around the globe is our top priority, and National Geographic Television is committed to creating and delivering great, original programming in service of that goal,” Nat Geo Global Media chief operating officer Ted Prince said. “Maryanne’s strong track record in the creative development process and her in-depth knowledge of every aspect of National Geographic’s content assets — from mission programs to magazine stories — make her the ideal leader to head this critical function.”

National Geographic prexy Tim Kelly added that Culpepper is “uniquely positioned to ensure we can deliver the expeditions, talent … and editorial know-how wrapped up as great, entertaining television specials and series to our channels.”

Rosenfeld left his position to focus on filmmaking; he has two shows in development with Nat Geo.

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