Brooke Runnette Elevated to President of National Geographic Television

Brooke Runnette Headshot - P 2012

Brooke Runnette Headshot - P 2012

The former Discovery executive will oversee innovative series, special events and live programming.

Brooke Runnette has been named president of National Geographic Television (NGT). The announcement came Monday from John Fahey, National Geographic Society chairman and CEO, to whom Runnette will report.

She succeeds Maryanne Culpepper, whose departure was announced earlier this year.

Runnette joined Nat Geo earlier this month from Discovery where she was executive producer and director of development for specials, including Discovery’s popular Shark Week franchise. She will transition over the next month from her current position as vice president, development and special projects, at Nat Geo into the role at NGT.

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"Our top priority at National Geographic Television is finding and producing the best content and original programming to support the international growth and influence of our cable channels around the world,” said Fahey in a statement. “Brooke joined the National Geographic Channels just as we were searching for the right executive to lead our television production group, and we quickly realized that she was the perfect fit for that key role — with the passion, drive, experience and industry knowledge that can continue and build the National Geographic Television franchise.”

Runnette was instrumental in the network’s upcoming spring 2013 series The 80’s: The Decade That Made Us from Jane Root’s Nutopia. As president of NGT, she'll oversee innovative series, special events and live programming.

“We were thrilled to have Brooke join National Geographic Channels, and this next step will further our important partnership with National Geographic Television,” added David Lyle, CEO, National Geographic Channels. “The role of NGT in expanding upon our recent success will be critical, and Brooke is exactly the partner we will need to make this happen.”

“I am beyond excited at this incredible opportunity,” said Runnette. “The power of the National Geographic brand is unparalleled, and I look forward to working with the team at NGT in producing relevant, entertaining and powerful programming that becomes part of the television zeitgeist.”