National Geographic Channel will shut its small Los Angeles office in order to focus on expanding its presence in New York.
Nat Geo, part of the Fox Networks Group, is based in Washington, D.C. The Los Angeles office has a total of five staffers, including Alan Eyres, senior VP of programming and development.
The decision to refocus resources away from the L.A. satellite office follows the management shakeup in April that saw marketing chief Courteney Monroe promoted to CEO and Tim Pastore named prexy of original programming and production.
In a lengthy statement explaining the L.A. decision, Nat Geo said all five employees have been offered relocation packages. Eyres is expected to remain with Nat Geo TV. The staffers were informed on Tuesday.
Here is Nat Geo’s statement:
“Now that we have a new senior team in place with Courteney and Tim, they have evaluated our whole operation, and determined we will be a stronger network if we consolidate our creative power in two offices, not three – and specifically increasing our footprint in New York. This is not to suggest the L.A. office has not been productive, but sustaining minor satellite offices is not as effective as creating a major creative hub in one additional city beyond D.C. All employees in L.A. (totaling five) are being offered relocation packages. Creative consolidation between two offices and specifically increasing our footprint in N.Y. will allow NGC to be an even stronger force in the nonfiction industry. We of course will still be conducting business as usual with our L.A.-based partners, and it is worth noting that one of our parent companies (Fox) obviously still has a substantial footprint in LA. Most importantly, there will be no interruption to our business and our relationships with the creative community, and our top executives will continue to have an on-going presence in Los Angeles.”