Tim Pastore Joins National Geographic Channel as President, Original Programming & Production, NGC U.S.

Tim Pastore National Geographic Channel

Emmy-nominated producer and TV veteran Tim Pastore has been named president of original programming & production, NGC U.S., of National Geographic Channel.

He is currently executive vice president of production & development for National Geographic Society production entity National Geographic Studios and will transition to the new position over the next four weeks, starting full time beginning Aug. 18, National Geographic Channels CEO Courteney Monroe announced Tuesday.

In his new role, he will oversee all development, production and production management for National Geographic Channel U.S., responsible for approximately 400 hours of content annually. Executive vice president of programming & strategy Heather Moran and senior vice president of programming & development Alan Eyres will work closely with and report to Pastore.

“Tim’s taste and sensibility for the National Geographic brand coupled with his incredible success in the factual cable entertainment landscape makes him the perfect person to help us realize the full potential of this network,” said Monroe in a statement. “As the creator of hit series including our very own Life Below Zero, I am excited to partner with Tim to create smart, brand definitional, original, entertaining fare our viewers will love.”

“I believe in Courteney’s vision, and share her enthusiasm for taking this network to the next level,” added Pastore. “Working with Heather, Alan and the entire team, I am confident we can truly make a mark in the cable landscape, and I look forward to hitting the ground running.”

Pastore will be based in the New York office in Soho, overseeing the teams in New York, L.A. and Washington D.C. He will also work closely with Hamish Mykura for National Geographic Channels International and the NGCI team in London.

At National Geographic Studios, the exec was responsible for the development and execution of the studio’s production slate, including programming for NGC, Nat Geo WILD and PBS. He also had oversight of “Brain Games” and developed and exec produced upcoming series “Live Free or Die” and the recently announced “Mapology With Kal Penn.”

Before joining National Geographic Studios, Pastore was vice president of factual programming and production at BBC Worldwide Productions. He was also an executive producer in development and production of Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush,” “Dual Survival” and Flying Wild Alaska,” and produced multiple seasons of “Deadliest Catch.”

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  1. HELP HELP HELP National Geographics Alaskan Bush People-Off the Grid is a great show – EXCEPT that you CANNOT hear the dialogue half the time. The background music is not background – its so loud it kills the dialogue. Not to mention calling it upbeat is an understatement. If you can’t hear the dialogue, the whole program stinks. Tone DOWN the music please. And this also applies to almost half of the other GOOD series. I know I don’t need a hearing aid, but I now need to learn lip sync.

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