Courteney Monroe has been promoted to lead National Geographic channels worldwide as part of the management restructuring that accompanied the expansion of 21st Century Fox’s partnership with the National Geographic Society.
Monroe had been CEO of National Geographic Channels U.S. In her new role as CEO of National Geographic Global Networks, she will oversee programming, marketing and operations for all Nat Geo-branded channels around the world as well as the National Geographic Studios production arm.
Ward Platt, who had been CEO of National Geographic Channels International, will move to COO of the National Geographic Partners venture. In September, Fox and the National Geographic Society unveiled a new arrangement that called for Fox to invest $725 million in a deal that puts the venerable magazine and digital operations under the same umbrella as the TV channels. Fox now owns 73% of National Geographic Partners, with the society retaining the remaining 27%.
The transaction formally closed on Monday. The new management structure was unveiled by National Geographic Partners CEO Declan Moore.
“National Geographic is one of the world’s most trusted brands, delivering unique and compelling storytelling of science, discovery and wonder to consumers for over a century,” Moore said. “We’re excited to officially begin our journey to bring a new and integrated National Geographic experience to people worldwide.”
The goal is to foster greater collaboration between the magazine and digital operations with the TV channels, which reach some 500 million households in 171 countries. Under Monroe, Nat Geo TV has turned its focus back to high-end docu series fare and a handful of scripted series productions. The intent is to maintain the prestige of the magazine’s scientific and exploratory research while mining that material for prospective programs.
Also in the new order, Nat Geo magazine editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg will add the title of editorial director. She’ll oversee all print and digital publishing operations for the brand in an effort to align their editorial missions across platforms. Goldberg joined Nat Geo in 2014 from Bloomberg News.
Jeffrey Schneider will serve as head of business and legal affairs for Nat Geo Partners, shifting from his role in the same capacity for the channels group.
Monroe, an alum of HBO, joined Nat Geo Channel in 2012 as head of marketing. She was promoted to CEO of the domestic channel in 2014.
(Pictured: Ward Platt, Courteney Monroe)