National Geographic Films, which partnered with Warner Independent Pictures on last year’s “March of the Penguins,” is expanding its ranks.
Susan O’Leary has joined the company as VP of development and production, and Kattie Evans has been upped to VP of acquisitions and production.
NGF prexy Adam Leipzig said the moves are part of the company’s growth. “For a long time I have wanted to expand what we’ve been able to develop and produce, and building on the success of ‘March of the Penguins,’ we are now ready to move on many different fronts,” he said.
National Geographic recently partnered with Newmarket on the Sundance-winning pic “God Grew Tired of Us.” It’s also producing “Call of the North” for Paramount Vantage and co-producing the 10-hour miniseries “Undaunted Courage” for HBO.
At NGF, Evans supervised the company’s co-presentation with ThinkFilm of “The Story of the Weeping Camel,” and she was instrumental in acquiring “March of the Penguins” with WIP. She’s currently producing “Call of the North.”
Since joining the company in 2002, she’s been a liaison with other departments of National Geographic, working closely with National Geographic Mission Programs on the All Roads Film Project and coordinating acquisitions efforts with both National Geographic Channels Intl. and National Geographic Television Intl.
Previously, Evans worked in film development at Fox Searchlight and in marketing at Paramount Pictures.
O’Leary created and ran Fox Searchlab, where she discovered new filmmakers and exec produced more than 90 short films.
Prior to her eight years at Searchlight, O’Leary worked in film and commercial production.