Courteney Monroe
Stewart Volland
United States


President, Global Television Networks

The president of National Geographic Television Networks, now part of Walt Disney but run autonomously, oversees an expanding television empire that includes an Academy Award win — its first ever — for gripping documentary film “Free Solo.” While part of 21st Century Fox, Monroe aggressively shepherded the brand through high-profile upscale original series and documentaries but without compromising its commitment to educating young and old alike. Having landed 10 Emmy nominations for “Genius” in previous years, Nat Geo earned three nominations in 2019 for the unflinching miniseries “Hostile Planet,” hosted by Bear Grylls. The network’s ambition has carried over to other projects, such as Darren Aronofsky’s story-of-Earth look “One Strange Rock,” narrated by Will Smith.


  • HBO
  • National Geographic
  • American Express


  • Williams College (MA, USA)
  • Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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National Geographic Launches Field Ready Inclusion Program

National Geographic Launches Field Ready Inclusion Program

National Geographic has announced it is launching a program aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion behind the camera.The Field Ready Program is described as a two-phased training program that trains entry-level participants to become production assistants. Partnering with National Geographic Society, Nat Geo will choose 10 individuals per year to complete online training followed by a one-week, intensive production boot camp at the company's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The boot camp will be led by Nat Geo's producers, videographers and...


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