Tim Pastore Tapped as President of Original Programming at Nat Geo

11:00 AM PST 07/22/2014 by Lesley Goldberg
Courtesy of Nat Geo
Tim Pastore

The Emmy-nominated producer will transition from his role as exec vp production and development at National Geographic Studios and start his new position Aug. 18.

Tim Pastore is moving up at Nat Geo.

The exec vp production and development at National Geographic Studios will transition to the flagship network starting Aug. 18, when he becomes president of original programming and production at Nat Geo, the company announced Tuesday.

In his new role, Pastore will assume oversight of all development, production and production management for Nat Geo Channel U.S., where he'll be responsible for about 400 hours of content annually. Heather Moran, exec vp programming and strategy, and Alan Eyres, senior vp programming and development, will now report to Pastore. Geoff Daniels will remain exec vp and GM for Nat Geo Wild, reporting to Nat Geo Channels CEO Courteney Monroe. Moran will continue to manage the network’s production team, while Eyres will spearhead the development team. Pastore will be based in Nat Geo's New York office and also oversee teams in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. He'll work closely with Hamish Mykura, exec vp and head of international content at National Geographic Channels International, and the NGCI team in London. 

The news comes two months after NGC president Howard Owens and CEO David Lyle exited and the company overhauled its top-level management. David Hill was named chairman in April when Monroe was promoted to CEO.

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“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,” Monroe said. “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,” Pastore said. “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.”

At NG Studios, Pastore oversaw the company’s client relationships and business strategy. He was responsible for the development and execution of the studio’s production slate, which included programming for NGC, Nat Geo Wild and PBS. He had oversight of Nat Geo's hit Brain Games and developed and executive produced the upcoming series Live Free or Die and Mapology with Kal Penn. Before that, he was vp production at BBC Worldwide Productions, where he created series including Life Below Zero. His producing credits also include Discovery's Gold Rush, Dual Survival and Flying Wild Alaska, and he was a field producer on series including Deadliest Catch.

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